Just two regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on December 21st. Stalnye Lisy hosted Tolpar in Magnitogorsk, while Avto put Sarmaty to test in Orenburg. We take a look at both matchups in this daily review on JHL official website.
Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk once again played hosts to Tolpar Ufa and this time around the visitors struck first. Ufa converted on their initial powerplay opportunity of the game. Ildar Abdeyev decided to make an easy play, fired it from the blue line and got it past Alexei Schetilin. Tolpar doubled their lead late in the period. This time Abdeyev registered an assist as Daniil Skorikov found the back of the net with a tip-in on a long-distance shot.
Magnitogorsk were up against a serious task and they got a goal back eight minutes into the second frame. Nikita Rozhkov made himself available at the far post and received the puck from Yegor Spiridonov. All Stalnye Lisy’s top-scorer had to do was tap it in. ‘Steel Foxes’ brought it back to even late in the stanza. Danil Pyatin handed it to Kirill Zotov, who wired it home from mid-range.
Yegor Spiridonov got a minor for holding early in the third frame but that penalty was, in fact, in favor of Magnitogorsk as they surprised Ufa with a counter-attack, Kirill Zotov sent Ruslan Gospodynko in on a breakaway and the latter beat Yuri Groshev 5-hole. Last minutes of regulation were completely off the rails – Nikolai Sytyi and Bulat Minnekhanov put the visitors back in the lead but in the final moments of the period Rozhkov hammered it home to make it a 4-4 hockey game and force overtime. Extra period of play solved nothing, so the game went to the shootout and Magnitogorsk prevailed.
Avto Yekaterinburg faced Sarmaty on the road in Orenburg. The visitors got on the board in the opening minute of play. Just 28 seconds past the puckdrop Kirill Tyutyayev sent one past Timerkhan Faizullin. Denis Yerkin and Alexander Lebedinets picked the assists on the play. After a string of penalties, most of which were taken by the home side, Vitaly Solovyov’s men improved their lead to 2-0 – this time Yerkin got it in himself.
Early in the second period Alexander Derbenyov made it a 3-0 game. Only after Alexander Sharygin replaced Faizullin in goal did Sarmaty manage to get on the board as well – Zakhar Rudyi brought the goal differential back to two. It was shortly followed by a fight between Konstantin Suslov and Alexander Molofeyev. Off-setting penalties cooled things down a bit and the teams headed to the dressing-rooms with Yekaterinburg leading 3-1.
Orenburg got a penalty shot called against them midway through the third stanza – Nikita Gerasin hauled down his opponent. Kirill Tyutyaev couldn’t capitalize on his chance but Avto still got another goal in this one – Maxim Sedov set the final score. Yekaterinburg take it 4-1 on the road.