Four regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on December 23rd. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg played hosts to Krylia Sovetov Moscow and once again got a blowout win. The visitors skated just as fast as the opposition but had trouble with capitalizing on their scoring chances. Maxim Mikhailov sent one past Artyom Melnikov in the opening period of play off assist by Anton Nazarevich. Dynamo added two more tallies to their lead in the second frame – Anton Vasiliev further increased his ever-growing goal total as he put it home on a delayed penalty call.
Nine minutes into the frame Mikhailov set up Nikolai Sulima for a shot and he sent it top-shelf. A few brawls broke out in the final stanza, which was followed by Maxim Mikhailov scoring his second of the game. He had points on three of Dynamo’s four goals. Makar Chufarov stopped all 23 shots he had to face for a shutout win.
In Volga rivalry it was Loko Yaroslavl, who defeated Chayka Nizhny Novgorod, even though the latter opened up the scoring – Vyaceslav Korotin beat Daniil Isayev just two minutes into the game. The visitors were absolutely dominant in the final minutes of the frame. Igor Zenchikov, Vladislav Chervonenko and Ilya Mironov got a tally each past Daniil Andreyev and the teams headed to the dressing-rooms with Yaroslavl leading 3-1 after twenty minutes of play.
Five minutes into the next period Ilya Chefanov made it a 4-1 hockey game, forcing Chayka coaching staff to yank Andreyev and replace him with Alexander Yevdokimov. Midway through the period Danila Dyadyenkin and Vyacheslav Korotin dropped the gloves. As for the goals, there were two more – Donat Stalnov scored on his former team, while the visitors got another marker from Chervonenko. Loko take it 5-2 on the road.
Atlanty Moscow Region couldn’t do anything against Almaz Cherepovets on home ice. The visitors got their first goal of the game from their top-scorer Vladislav Fyodorov. That was followed by Gleb Petrov and Vladislav Gertsik getting a tally each in the second period. Late in regulation Petrov scored his second of the night, while German Grachyov and Ivan Rogov chipped in a goal each as well. After Cherepovets increased their lead to 6-0 Danila Fomin was replaced between the pipes by Yegor Sinegubkin but Moscow Region team failed to get even a consolation goal in this one. Konstantin Shostak got a shutout win with 23 saves.
HK Riga, who got shut out by Krasnaya Armiya Moscow the day before, bounced back and beat 2-time Kharlamov Cup champions, blanking them in return as well. Both goals that Riga managed to get in this one came within one minute – and it was the last minute of regulation. Latvian team survived two penalty kills in a row and then Anton Trastasenkovs brought the fans to their feet as he found the back of the net off assists by Janis Svanenbergs and Pauls Svars. ‘Army men’ pulled their netminder for the extra-attacker late in regulation but with a second remaining on the clock Gustavs Millers put it in the empty cage to seal the deal. Niklavs Rauza stopped 35 shots for a very well-earned shutout win.