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Nine regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on December 29th. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
HC Kapitan Stupino finished the year on a bright note as they defeated Taifun Primorie Region in Vladivostok. Unlike in the first game of the back-to-back series, in which home team had a disastrous opening period of play, this time everything was very different. Stupino once again got on the board first – Grigory Ponkratov found his target 16 minutes in. A little later the puck entered Taifun’s goal again but it didn’t count as Stupino had a player in the crease.
Primorie Region had a slight advantage in the second period but they managed to get back even only in the last minute of regulation. Ivan Veremchuk left the net for the extra-attacker and Pavel Ponosov brought the fans to their feet, sending the game to overtime. However, Stupino did get the second point in the extra period – Alexei Zhilin won it for the visitors.
Mamonty Yugry once again lost to Sarmaty Orenburg on home ice. Moreover, this time around Khanty-Mansiysk’s mighty offense couldn’t score a single goal on a team from the bottom half of the Eastern Conference table. Orenburg essentially secured the win in the opening period of play as they scored two goals three minutes apart. Top Sarmaty forward Ivan Ukolov, who scored a goal the day before, was the first star of the game as netted two tallies, which proved to be the difference. The ‘Mammoths’ outshot the opposition, but they also weren’t very accurate with their passing and in the end finished the year on a bit of a sad note. Nikita Maslennikov was another hero of the game as he stopped 35 shots en route to a shutout win.
Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk played hosts to Sputnik Almetyevsk and enjoyed a solid 4-1 win. Chelyabinsk had the momentum on their side in the opening period of play but they managed to get on the board only 13 minutes into the next frame. Adel Minegaliev stopped Evgeny Kobyakov’s tipped shot but he couldn’t do anything when Vladislav Kuliyev buried the rebound. Three minutes later Vladislav Rachinsky beat his defenseman in the slot and passed it to Konstantin Lukin, who fired it home.
Nine minutes into the third period Yegor Vdovin received the puck from behind the net and found his target with a shot from the high slot. After Rishat Akhmetzyanov and Denis Neroyev duked it out, Almetyevsk got a goal back – Ruslan Galimzyanov hit the twine. However, home side still had the last word in this one – Kuliyev scored his second of the night to set the final score at 4-1 for the ‘Polar Bears’.
Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk beat Russkie Vityazi, who continue touring Russian Far East. Leon Zambakhidze scored the only goal for Chekhov team, as he beat Grigory Kolupayev nine minutes in. Khabarovsk was the only team scoring after that. Nikita Popugayev brought the game back to even late in the second period of play. Andrei Misko gave the ‘Tigers’ their first lead of the night as he converted on a powerplay. Evgeny Babushkin set the final score seven minutes into the third stanza. Amurskie Tigry win the first game of the back-to-back series 3-1.
Irbis beat Ladiya Togliatti in Kazan. Home team began working their way towards success in the opening period of play as Ruslan Akhmetvaliyev found his target. Second frame proved to be eventful. Togliatti’s top-scorer Andrei Grishakov tied the game up and then home team scored three goals in a span of five minutes – Yuri Muravyov, Kirill Degtyaryov and Maxim Bykov got a tally each.
Laidya’s coaching staff were forced to call timeout, which helped their team to stabilize the game. They also managed to get a goal back before the intermission – Vladimir Krotov fired it home on a powerplay. However early in the third stanza Maxim Bykov restored the 3-goal cushion. Togliatti gave in to emotions after that – a mass brawl broke out on the ice but nothing changed on the scoreboard. Irbis take it 5-2 on home ice.
The game between SKA-1946 and JHC Spartak Moscow in St. Petersburg turned out to be of playoff caliber. St. Petersburg’s netminder Nikita Lysenkov had a bit more work to do than his counterpart, but in general the teams were spending most of the time battling for the puck in the neutral zone and created very few scoring chances. Late in the second period of play Alexei Tsyplakov got a 5-minute major and a game-misconduct for checking to the head but Spartak failed to convert on the ensuing powerplay. In the last minute of regulation the red-and-white got a bench minor for too many men on the ice but SKA-1946 couldn’t convert on it either in the third period nor in overtime. The fans had to wait until the shootout to see the only goal of the game – Yegor Kuzmenko won it for Spartak.
Omskie Yastreby beat Reaktor Nizhnekamsk in the first game of the back-to-back series. Home team enjoyed a great first period of play as they scored as many as three unanswered goals. Matvey Zaseda got a pair of tallies, while Bogdan Denisevich got the other marker. Nizhnekamsk swapped their goaltenders in the intermission – Junior Hockey League rookie Artyom Yevpak replaced Yaroslav Ozolin between the pipes.
The visitors managed to score twice in the third stanza but by then Omskie Yastreby were up 4-0 – German Voloshin had scored in the second. Arsen Khisamutdinov and Dinar Khairullov scored for Nizhnekamsk but the ‘Hawks’ had the last word in this one – Artyom Dmitrichev concluded the scoring.