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Eight regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League. The gameday kicked off in Russian Far East, where Russkie Vityazi and HC Kapitan were on the road. We take a look at all matchups in this daily review on JHL official website.
Stupino team got their revenge for losing the day before as they registered a blowout win. Kapitan made their intensions clear in the opening period of play. Amir Garayev put the visitors on the board just two minutes into the game and when Batu Gendunov got a game misconduct, Stupino scored three more unanswered goals past Grigory Kolupayev – Garayev got his second of the game, while Vasily Narzyayev and Ilya Kozhukhov chipped in one each. Early in the second frame Evgeny Babushkin put Amurskie Tigry on the board but soon after that Garayev completed his hat-trick with a powerplay marker, sending Kolupayev to the bench. Artyom Martynov took his place between the pipes.
He had his share of trouble as well. Grigory Ponkratov scored Kapitan’s sixth goal of the afternoon. Nikita Linnik made it a 6-2 hockey game but then Stupino got two more tallies. Denis Morozov and Mikhail Gorgeyev found the back of the net. Kapitan bounce back from the loss the day before as they take 8-2 on the road.
Taifun Primorie Region also suffered a blowout loss as they were defeated by Russkie Vityazi. Home team found an answer only to Zakhar Bardakov’s marker, which started the scoring in this one – 12 minutes in Yaroslav Sergiyevsky got one in for Taifun. Nikita Goncharov put the visitors back in the lead just five minutes later. Ivan Veremchuk got replaced by Anton Borodkin in goal for Primorie Region team but the starting netminder made his way back into the cage before the third period.
Borodkin stayed between the pipes for just over eleven minutes. Russkie Vityazi managed to score three times over the stretch – Goncharov got his second of the afternoon, while Pavel Gorokhov and Georgy Dedov got a tally each. Veremchuk went back in after that and got scored on twice more – Ivan Nazarov and Dmitry Kozlov found the back of the net. Russkie Vityazi win 7-1 and travel to Khabarovsk in excellent mood.
JHC Spartak Moscow failed to capitalize on an opportunity to get back in the playoff zone. Spartak visited St. Petersburg and lost to local Dynamo. Home team converted on their initial powerplay chance of the game, even though Maxim Mikhailov could have opened up the scoring earlier but he hit the post. Sergei Bolshakov hammered one past Andrei Skovronsky from in tight on the man-advantage. The red-and-white found the equalizer with a powerplay goal of their own. Mikhail Shalagin took a shot from mid-range but Kirill Ustimenko didn’t see it for the traffic in front and let it in.
Eleven minutes into next period Anton Nazarevich gave Dynamo their second lead of the game as he converted on yet another man-advantage with a snipe on the short-side. Spartak put a lot of effort into trying to tie it up but allowed an empty-netter late in regulation – Sergei Bolshakov put it on ice with his second of the game.
Omskie Yastreby faced Sputnik Almetyevsk on home ice and were able to get their revenge for last night’s frustrating shootout loss. The teams got down to business early on – Kirill Kazakov opened up the scoring but Almetyevsk found an answer just two minutes later as Igor Kozin sent it in. Omsk got their second lead of the game before the first intermission – former Amurskie Tigry forward German Voloshin added another one to his G-column.
Early in the second period of play Kirill Kazakov scored his second of the game and it counted after video review. A few minutes later Georgy Romanov got a minor for delay of game and the visitors capitalized on that penalty – Iskander Mulyukov converted on the ensuing powerplay. And yet comeback was not meant to happen – Danil Schyokin put an end to Sputnik’s hopes as he converted on Andrei Sholgin’s misconduct.
Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk faced Mamonty Yugry in Khanty-Mansiysk in the second game of the back-to-back series. The ‘Mammoths’ had the momentum on their side in the opening period of play. They couldn’t convert on Magnitogorsk’s first penalty of the game, but when Nikita Rozhkov got a minor, home team struck – Ivan Ezhov sent one past Alexei Schetilin. Stalnye Lisy did better in the second frame – Rozhkov made up for his penalty that led to a goal with a marker of his own. ‘Steel Foxes’ got in the lead late in the period as Yegor Spiridonov found the back of the net when both teams were missing a man. The score didn’t change in the final stanza and Magnitogorsk went on to take it 2-1 on the road.
Tyumensky Legion enjoyed a solid win over Sarmaty Orenburg in the first game of the back-to-back series but the visitors really turned things around the next day. Daniil Sokolka opened up the scoring seven minutes in as he sent it just inside the bar. With four seconds remaining on the clock in the period he scored his second of the game as he shoved it in from the slot. A few minutes into the next frame Sokolka completed his hat-trick – Orenburg forward once again jammed it in from in tight. Oskar Yulbarisov converted on a powerplay to give Sarmaty a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Tyumensky Legion managed to eke out a consolation goal in the third stanza – Sergei Arzamastsev dragged the puck into the net to cap off a great passing play. The goal came 16 minutes into the period and was the only bright moment for the home side. With this 4-1 win Sarmaty snap their 3-game losing streak.
JHC Dynamo Moscow once again played hosts to Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang of China. Home team managed to convert on their initial powerplay opportunity of the night. Just a minute after Evgeny Lukin had taken a seat in the penalty box, Fyodor Moshin found his target. Mikhail Semeneko and Grigory Babushkin drew the assists on the play. The visitors got back even early in the second period – Runchen Zuo capitalized on a man-advantage.
Things heated up after that and a few brawls broke out on the ice. Notably, Red Star goaltender Filip Krasanovsky participated in one of them. He was replaced by Paris O’Brien after that. Dynamo got back in the lead shortly before the second intermission – Hassan Al-Djilaui made it a 2-1 hockey game. The blue-and-white didn’t give up the lead anymore. Home team scored another goal late in regulation – Babushkin got credited with the marker, which was soon followed by Maxim Chuvilov’s tally, that set the final score at 4-1 in favor of Dynamo.
In the final game of the day SKA-1946 St. Petersburg faced Krylia Sovetov Moscow. ‘Army men’ continued the trend of the day and converted on their initial powerplay opportunity of the night. Vladislav Tsitsyura opened up the scoring. Home team went on to convert on two more man-advantages in the second period of play. Danila Galenyuk put it home from the slot when Artyom Serikov was in the penalty box. And 35 minutes in Dmitry Ovechkin secured the win for St. Petersburg. Nikita Lysenkov posted another shutout with 23 saves. Krylia Sovetov failed to solve him in this one.