As Russia celebrated Hockey Day on the first day of winter, there were six regular season games on Junior Hockey League’s agenda, first two of which took place in the Far East. We take a look at all of the matchups in this daily review on JHL official website.
Moscow teams continued to roam Russia’s Far East. This time JHC Dynamo Moscow made their way to Vladivostok and beat local Taifun Primorie Region in a hard-fought game. The blue-and-white were victorious in overtime. Leonid Pasmanik scored on Moscow in the very first minute of play – that was his first goal of the season. Dynamo went on to convert on a powerplay but the officials had to video review the play to confirm there was no goaltender interference on the play. They counted the goal in the end, tying the game 1-1.
Those were the only two goals scored in regulation, even though the visitors had plenty of opportunities to end it. Late in the third frame Ruslan Geydarov got a game misconduct and then Maxim Chuvilov won it for Dynamo in the extra period of play. Taifun suffer 12th loss in a row.
Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk played hosts to 2-time Kharlamov Cup champions Krasnaya Armiya Moscow. The teams headed to the dressing-rooms for the first intermission with the visitors leading 2-1 – Nikita Solopanov and Mikhail Mescheryakov got the markers - notably, the latter scored shorthanded – while Filipp Bokin got one in for the ‘Tigers’. Home team brought it back to even early in the second frame as Ilya Chuykov found the back of the net. However, Krasnaya Armiya’s roster is jacked with experienced players and that proved to be the difference in the end. With four minutes remaining to play in regulation Nikita Popugayev gave the red-and-blue their third lead of the game. Amurskie Tigry failed to find the equalizer in the remaining time. Kirill Goloschapov fought Konstantin Karpov in the dying seconds of the period but it changed nothing in the big picture. Krasnaya Armiya take it 3-2 on the road.
Sibirskie Snaipery defeated Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk for the second time in a row. Key events of the game took place in the third period of play. After a scoreless first frame the teams traded goals in the second – German Shaporev opened up the scoring for the visitors, while Nikita Yefremov brought it back to even less than a minute later. Novosibirsk absolutely dominated late in the third. Daniil Lapin and Semyon Sukhov got a tally each to make it a 3-1 hockey game. Shaporev went on to score another one and in the very next shift Nikita Shashkov winded the margin down to a 2-goal differential. Nikita Potapov put it out of reach with a second remaining to play in the period. Sibirskie Snaipery take it 5-2 on home ice.
Kuznetskie Medvedi once again failed to get a win but they did salvage a point in the game against Snezhnye Barsy Astana, who were victorious in overtime. Kazakhstan team got off to a great start as they scored three unanswered goals in the opening period of play – Artur Gatiyatov, Vladislav Sayko and Oleg Boyko got the markers. The latter converted on a powerplay forcing Kuznetskie Medvedi to swap Yan Sinkevich for Vladislav Yugov.
Goaltender substitution did the ‘Bears’ some good as they got two goals back in the second frame – Ilya Zhitnikov hammered it home from a face-off circle dot, while Sergei Yudin jammed it home from the slot. Novokuznetsk brought their fans to their feet in the last minute of regulation as Dmty Pronin whistled it past Denis Karatayev with a shot from the blue line. The visitors came back to life in the extra period and won it – Artur Gatiyatov scored the deciding goal.
Mamonty Yugry enjoyed a shutout win over Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk on home ice. Khanty-Mansiysk got a goal in each of the three periods of play. Sergei Golodnyuk opened up the scoring in the first stanza, while Ilya Loza doubled the lead in the second. Chelyabinsk were taking a lot of penalties but home team got their first powerplay goal of the game only two minutes into the third period. Kirill Koshurnikov went to the penalty box for tripping and Kirill Popov set the final score. The ‘Mammoths’ took 86 shots, of which 52 were on net. Dmitry Sharov made a couple of huge saves to keep his team in the game. His counterpart Nikita Mukhametdinov had a lot less work to do as he stopped just 15 shots for a shutout win.
Last game of the day also went the extra mile. Omskie Yastreby opened up the scoring six minutes in – Roman Badanin put the puck on net and it went over Vladislav Bulygin’s shoulder with a ricochet. Tyumensky Legion managed not only tie the game up but also get in the lead in the second period of play – Evgeny Volkov and Ivan Stepanov got the markers. The latter netted an absolute beauty, finishing off a tic-tac-toe play with a gorgeous one-timer.
The ‘Hawks’ prevailed in the third period – Artyom Dmitrichev and Kirill Spitsenko gave their team its second lead of the game. However, with five minutes remaining to play in regulation Sergei Arzamastsev fired it top-shelf with a mighty clapper past Georgy Dubrovsky to bring it back to even. The visitors won it in overtime – Semyon Astashevsky scored two minutes in and won the extra point for his team.