Seven regular season matchups took place in Junior Hockey League on the first gameday of 2019. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
In the first game of the year Mamonty Yugry ended their 3-game losing streak as they won in Novosibirsk. The visitors enjoyed a great opening period of play scoring three unanswered goals. Notably, they did it in every format. Ilya Loza put the ‘Mammoths’ on the board with a shorthanded marker, then Sergei Golodnyuk converted on a powerplay and finally Kirill Rudenko made it 3-0 at even strength.
Despite the fact that Sibirskie Snaipery were giving in to their emotions (Ilya Pastukhov got a game-misconduct for checking to the head), they scored their only goal of the game in the second period – Nikita Selivanov got one in right before the intermission. However, there was going to be no comeback in this one. Loza scored his second of the game eight minutes into the third stanza and secured a 4-1 win for Mamonty Yugry on the road.
Kuznetskie Medvedi defeated Tyumensky Legion on home ice. The teams traded goals in the opening period of play. Novokuznetsk got a marker from Vladislav Murashov, while the ‘Legion’ had Mikhail Shabanov on the board. Home team won the second period as they had no trouble converting on their chances that night. The ‘Bears’ scored four goals in a span of two minutes – Mikhail Bogdashkin, Gafar Satarov, Dmitry Levashov and Denis Sizikov found the back of the net.
Last two goals came in after Pavel Guschin had replaced Nikolai Dryomin between the pipes. Late in the period Alexander Luzhin scored another one on Novokuznetsk. Third stanza featured no goals from either of the teams. Kuznetskie Medvedi take it 5-2 on home ice.
Almaz Cherepovets played hosts to Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk and enjoyed a win in a hard-fought game. Cherepovets had to work hard in this one. Russian Far East team opened up the scoring ten minutes in as Ilya Chuykov found his target. German Grachyov brought the game back to even before the intermission, while Nikita Kolesnikov and Kirill Nizhnikov picked up the assists. Sergei Shushkov won it for Almaz as he scored four minutes into the second stanza. Cherepovets continued to have the momentum on their side throughout the game. Khabarovsk didn’t do themselves any good by constantly piling up penalties and lacking offensive consistency. Cherepovets played well defensively in the third period and held on to the 1-goal lead up till the final buzzer.
Reaktor Nizhnekamsk once again failed to end their losing streak as they got defeated by Tolpar Ufa on home ice. After a scoreless first period of play, Ufa won the second stanza as they created more scoring chances and got two tallies out of it. Alexander Oskin found the back of the net three minutes into the period and shortly before the intermission Bulat Minnekhanov doubled the lead as he sent it past Yaroslav Ozolin. Tolpar had a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Early in the third period Nizhnekamsk managed to bring the game back to even. Timur Khafizov converted on a powerplay and three minutes later Maxim Groshev made it a 2-2 hockey game. That didn’t faze the visitors as they grabbed the momentum and saw Pavel Sinyavsky put them in the lead late in regulation. Nikolai Sytyi set the final score with an empty-netter.
Russkie Vityazi faced Krasnaya Armiya Moscow in Chekhov. Home team’s top-scorer Nikita Goncharov got in the spotlight in the opening period of play as he sniped one of the far side past Dmitry Lozebnikov. ‘Army men’ went on to win the second frame. Airat Zamaliyev scored another one for his new team. This time he tied the game up, which was soon followed by Mikhail Mescheryakov’s 50th career JHL marker.
Moscow Region team got back even early in the third period. This time Pavel Gorokhov scored at even strength right after Krasnaya Armiya had killed off a penalty. Yegor Filin won it for the visitors as he scored 90 seconds into the extra period. Krasnaya Armiya take it 3-2 in overtime.
Krylia Sovetov Moscow began 2019 with a win over Atlanty Moscow Region in Setun. Vasily Ponomaryov opened up the scoring 16 minutes into the game. ‘Soviet Wings’ got one if over the goal-line in the second frame but it was waved off after video review, which confirmed that Alexei Gluschenko kicked the puck into the net. Five minutes into the third period home team scored one that counted – Artyom Koksharov made it a 2-0 hockey game. The visitors eked out a goal by Andrei Smirnov but Krylia Sovetov had the last word in this one as Maxim Vyatkin set the final score. Krylia Sovetov win 3-1 on home ice.
Last game of the day took place in Riga, Latvia as local favorites faced JHC Dynamo Moscow. The blue-and-white opened up the scoring in the first period of play as Ivan Didkovsky found the back of the net. However, home team managed to convert on their initial powerplay of the game – Erlends Klavins brought it back to even. Early in the second stanza Riga got another one in with a man-advantage – this time Harijs Brants sent it past Ivan Kulikov to put his team in the lead.
Dynamo got back even almost in the next shift and they also capitalized on a powerplay – Yegor Bryzgalov converted on Renars Cipruss’ penalty. Game-winning goal came at even strength. Alexander Petrunin found his target four minutes into the third frame and Riga couldn’t find the equalizer in the remaining time.