Six regular season matchups took place in Junior Hockey League on the last gameday of 2018. We take a look at December 30th in our daily review on JHL official website.
Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk played hosts to Russkie Vityazi in the second game of the back-to-back series. It was the last game for Chekhov team on the road trip to Russian Far East. The visitors got on the board just two minutes in as Daniil Pylenkov found the back of the net. The ‘Tigers’ got back even only 15 minutes into the second period of play – Nikita Linnik got the tally. However, Russkie Vityazi grabbed the lead again before the intermission – Dmitry Gavrilovich made it a 2-1 hockey game. Early in the third stanza Gavrilovich scored his second of the game and that goal proved to be the last one. Players on both teams got game misconducts in the remaining time in regulation. Russkie Vityazi take it 3-1 on the road.
Omskie Yastreby defeated Reaktor Nizhnekamsk for the second consecutive time. This time they did it in a hard-fought game. Maxim Polkin opened up the scoring just 13 seconds after the initial puckdrop. However, not only Omskie Yastreby tied the game up before the intermission but they also got in the lead – German Voloshin added another one to his ever-growing total and so did Kirill Kazakov. Second period of play featured no goals and a lot of penalties. Alexei Zubov got a 5-minute major and a game-misconduct for checking to the head.
Bulat Motygullin’s penalty didn’t do Nizhnekamsk any good as Semyon Astashevsky scored on the ensuing powerplay to make it 3-1. With just over a minute remaining to play in regulation Nikita Dyakun brought it back to a 1-goal differential but the visitors failed to force overtime. Omskie Yastreby take it 3-2 on home ice.
Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk played hosts to Sputnik Almetyevsk and enjoyed yet another win – this time even more solid. Chelyabinsk scored twice in the opening period of play – Vladislav Kuliyev and Kirill Koshurnikov got the markers. Early in the second frame Daniil Melnikov got a goal back but that marker proved to be the only one Almetyevsk would score all night and their last in 2018. Home team got wind in their sails in the third stanza and filled the net to the top.
In a span of just over two minutes Danil Zinovyev and Demid Mansurov got a tally each. A little later Evgeny Kobyakov got one in shorthanded off a quick transition – that one came unassisted. Belye Medvedi scored on Rail Nasyrov, who replaced Adel Minegaliev in goal for Sputnik, as well. He got beat by Pyotr Yasinsky and Ivan Shiryayev. With this 7-1 win Maxim Smelnitsky’s men finish the year on a bright note.
Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk also enjoyed a blowout win but they did it on the road. Tyumensky Legion essentially lost the game in the opening period of play as they allowed four unanswered goals. Zakhar Zakharov put the ‘Steel Foxes’ in the lead just two minutes in as he buried his own rebound. That was followed by a marker by Kirill Zotov. Yegor Spiridonov made it a 3-0 hockey game and forced Pavel Guschin relieve his duties – Nikolai Dryomin went in the cage in his stead.
The Legion’s backup got scored on ten minutes in – Denis Baranov found his target. Tyumen scored their first and only goal on a powerplay in the second frame – Mikhail Suslikov beat his defenseman and goaltender. After a string of penalties Dmitry Sheshin set the final score late in regulation. Despite winning the game in blowout fashion, Stalnye Lisy’s head-coach Sergei Stulov got a game-misconduct late in the third.
The game between Krasnaya Armiya and Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang, which was held in Moscow, also ended with the same final score. ‘Army men’ opened up the scoring 12 minutes in – Nikita Dolgopyatov found the back of the net. Dragons’ top-scorer Mikhail Abramov tied the game up in the second period but that was the only goal Heilongjiang could eke out in this one. Late in the frame Moscow got their lead back as Daniil Anop hit the twine.
Krasnaya Armiya scored three goals in just over three minutes in the final period – Leonid Klimov, Airat Zamaliyev and Artyom Komarov got the tallies. The visitors swapped their netminders but it didn’t do them any good. Krasnaya Armiya enjoy a blowout 5-1 win on home ice.
The game between SKA-1946 St. Petersburg and JHC Spartak Moscow was the last Junior Hockey League fixture in 2018. Unlike the first game of the back-to-back series, in which the fans saw the sole goal only in the shootout, this time the teams brought to the table a high-scoring matchup. There were no tallies in the first period of play again but then the teams picked up the pace in the second. ‘Army men’ scored three goals in as many minutes – Dmitry Semykin and Dmitry Ovechkin got the markers. With four minutes remaining to play in the period Timur Ibragimov made it a 3-0 hockey game and Spartak answered right back with a marker by Ivan Klepko.
Mikhail Shalagin brought it back to a 1-goal differential and when Semykin got a game misconduct it looked that the tables were going to turn. However, the red-and-white saw their hope taken away as Vladislav Tsitsyura scored a shorthanded goal. With ten minutes till the final buzzer Adel Galiullin scored SKA-1946’s fifth goal but Spartak didn’t give up. Shalagin got his second of the game and then Akim Trishin made it 5-4. Nevertheless, the game didn’t go to overtime. Yegor Kravchenko got a minor penalty for slashing and Daniil Ogirchuk converted on the ensuing powerplay. SKA-1946 win the thriller 6-4 on home ice.