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Five regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on December 28th. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
HC Kapitan Stupino finish the year on a bright note a they defeated Taifun Primorie Region in Vladivostok. The visitors essentially put it out of reach in the first 12 minutes of play as they stormed Taifun’s net and scored four unanswered goals. Home team was down 2-0 just five minutes in a Denis Morozov and Amir Garayev got the markers. Soon after that Morozov got his second of the night and then Grigory Ponkratov scored another one. Primorie Region were forced to swap their netminders after that – Ivan Veremchuk replaced Anton Borodkin between the pipes.
Veremchuk got scored on before the intermission as Georgy Merkulov converted on a penalty shot. After such a hot first period of play Kapitan managed to keep their legs going, despite Ivan Bunov getting a goal back early in the second. Nikita Dorofeyev capitalized on a powerplay, thus concluding the scoring for the visitors. Gleb Maltsev scored twice for Taifun – notably, he got a powerplay tally and a shorthanded marker. There were no goals in the third frame and Stupino worked the clock en route to a 6-3 win on the road.
Mamonty Yugry suffered an upset on home ice as they lost to Sarmaty Orenburg in the shootout. First goal of the game came only late in the second period – Kirill Popov scored right after Orenburg had killed off a penalty. Sarmaty could have won it in regulation – Alexander Molofeyev tied the game up and with 90 seconds remaining to play in regulation Ivan Ukolov put the visitors in the lead.
Orenburg couldn’t hold on to the lead – Ivan Vorobyov brought it back to even just 34 seconds later. Overtime solved nothing and the visitors went on to win in the shootout – Daniil Sokolka scored the winner.
Irbis Kazan played hosts to Ladiya Togliatti. Home team allowed a goal first – Evgeny Groshev got the marker. However, not only Kazan managed to get back even before the intermission but they grabbed the lead as well – Dmitry Voronkov and Savely Kuvardin found the back of the net. Early in the second frame Danil Pyanov sent another one past Ruslan Yalbuyev and forced him to be replaced by Gleb Bannikov. The visitors grabbed the momentum after that and Semyon Zhuravlyov made it a 1-goal game again.
Groshev scored his second of the game late in the third period of play to bring it back to square one again and thus forcing overtime. Togliatti salvaged a point but Irbis still went on to win it in the shootout – Mikhail Shestopalov scored the winner.
After suffering a massive blowout, Chayka Nizhny Novgorod came hard and focused for the second game of the back-to-back series against Almaz Cherepovets. It turned out to be and hard-fought contest. That is especially true for the first two period of play as the teams were trading leads. Akim Kolomarov answered to Artyom Markov’s tally, while Ilya Olendarenko put Nizhny Novgorod in the lead in the second frame. The visitors tied it up with Markov’s second of the night.
It all happened again in the third stanza. Nizhny Novgorod captain Donat Stalnov got one midway through the frame but Danila Roganov let his team down getting a minor – Kirill Nizhnikov scored his second goal of the year on the ensuing powerplay. Notably, his first tally of the year came the day before. The game went to the shootout and Nizhny Novgorod had the upper hand in it.
In the final game of the day SKA-Varyagi beat HK Riga on the road as they scored three unanswered goals. First period of play featured no score and a lot of penalties. The visitors got on the board in the second frame as Denis Mikhnin found the back of the net. That was followed by a few more brawls – the biggest of which was between Renars Karkls, Denis Fyodorovs and Nikolai Polyakov. Early in the third stanza Ilya Altybarmakyan sent another one past Artur Šilovs. Grigory Gryaznov set the final score nine minutes into the period. Penalties kept piling up till the final buzzer – Adel Galiullin got in the spotlight for throwing his stick. Dmitry Nikolayev stopped all 36 shots he had to face to earn a shutout win. SKA-Varyagi take it 3-0 on the road.