Six regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on December 20th. Gameday began in Magnitogorsk where Stalnye Lisy played hosts to their neighbors in the standings – Tolpar Ufa. We take a look at all of the matchups in this daily review on JHL official website.
Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk are just a few points away from Tolpar and third place in the East and it the head-to-head game they made a huge step forward to soon edge Ufa from the spot in the standings. However, the visitors had the momentum on their side in the opening period of play. Stalnye Lisy took just four shots on Dmitry Braginsky but they were able to get on the board 32 minutes in – Yegor Spiridonov found the back of the net.
Magnitogorsk had stolen the momentum at the point and went on to score two more goals in the third period of play. Nikita Rozhkov, who leads Stalnye Lisy in points, converted on a powerplay and then four minutes later Yuri Platonov skated to the slot from behind the net and sent it top-shelf. Alexei Shetilin stopped 26 shots en route to Magnitogorsk taking it 3-0 on home ice.
Sibirskie Snaipery, who suffered a blowout loss in Omsk the day before, came out hard for this one looking for revenge. Novosibirsk played well defensively, Vladislav Scherbakov also looked solid and Sibirskie Snaipery managed to open up the scoring – Georgy Yurov put his team on the board right after they killed off a penalty. Late in the second period a brawl broke out on the ice – Alexei Zubov, who was serving his penalty in the box, jumped out on the ice and got a 10-minute misconduct on top of a double-minor.
Despite it, Omsk managed to get a goal on a powerplay – Danil Schyokin found his target with just six seconds remaining to play in the frame. There was no scoring in the third stanza or overtime. The game to the shootout and Sibirskie Snaipery prevailed – none other but Yurov scored the winner.
Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang played host to Taifun Primorie Region for the second consecutive time. The ‘Dragons’ had a catastrophic first period of play. The visitors were solid offensively and scored as many as four unanswered goals over the stretch – Alexei Drobin, Artyom Grozov, Dmitry Belokhonov and Nikita Ivashkin got the markers. Moreover, all of the tallies came in a span of 16 minutes and 23 seconds. Taifun weren’t done yet either – Drobin improved the lead to 5-0 in the second frame as he sent it past Paris O’Brien, who had replaced Filip Krasanovsky.
Primorie Region added three more tallies to their lead in the third stanza to make their lead insurmountable. Heilongjiang hadn’t suffered such losses since the beginning of the season. Nikita Malmygin, Leonid Pasmanik and Ivan Bunov got the markers. Goaltender Anton Borodkin stopped all 23 shots he had to face for a shutout win.
Sputnik Almetyevsk engaged in battle with Laidya Togliatti in the second game of the back-to-back series. This time around there was no scoring in the opening period of play and the teams were tied on the shotclock. Almetyevsk managed to capitalize on their chances earlier – 32 seconds after the play resumed after intermission Danila Tsyganov put his team on the board. Alexei Barkhatkin and Rail Sharipov picked up the assists. Nevertheless, Togliatti won the period. Konstantin Kukharev took the reins and scored a pair to make it a 2-1 hockey game.
Sputnik got back even only with two minutes remaining to play in regulation. Timur Zakirov converted on a powerplay. Notably, Kukharev, who had two tallies in the game, was in the penalty box at the time. Overtime solved nothing and then Togliatti won it in the shootout.
Sarmaty Orenburg faced Avto Yekaterinburg on home ice. The visitors got on the board late in the first period of play – Artyom Belotsky found the back of the net 19 minutes in. Second period changed nothing on the scoreboard but featured a lot of penalties – the teams spent very little time playing full strength. In the end Sarmaty failed to get anything past Vladimir Sartakov, who made 26 saves en route to a shutout win. That was first career JHL shutout for the 17-year-old netminder. Orenburg outhot the opposition in the third frame but to no avail. Yekaterinburg enjoy a 1-0 win on the road.
In the final game of the day the fans saw the Battle Of Tatarstan as Reaktor Nizhnekamsk played hosts to Irbis Kazan. The visitors had a great first period of play. Thanks to the markers by Danila Pyanov, Ilnur Shabanov and Savely Kuvardin they established a rather comfortable 3-goal lead. Nizhnekamsk didn’t look hopeless but they did have trouble converting on their scoring chances.
The tables turned in the second frame as Reaktor scored twice in a span of a minute. Bulat Shafigullin managed to get a pair of tallies over the stretch as Artur Brovkin had gotten a 5-minute major and a game-misconduct for boarding. Nevertheless, Kazan stood their ground and went on to win it 4-2 as Ilnur Shabanov scored his second of the game on the empty net late in regulation.