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Eight regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on January 5th. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
Mamonty Yugry, who had ended their 3-game losing streak the day before, lost in the second game of the back-to-back series in Novosibirsk. Sibirskie Snaipery opened up the scoring 14 minutes in – Sergei Dubakin sent one past Ilya Stupin. Khanty-Mansiysk spent more time on a powerplay but instead of tying the game up, they got scored on. Notably, Sibirskie Snaipery converted on their initial man-advantage of the game as Matvey Nasyrov got a 5-minute major.
Home team got their second goal from Daniil Lapin. The ‘Mammoths’ managed to get a goal back but it came only late in regulation. The visitors ran out of time looking for an equalizer that would have sent the game to overtime. Kirill Popov scored the only goal for Mamonty Yugry.
Kuznetskie Medvedi beat Tyumensky Legion on home ice for the second consecutive time. The teams traded goals in the opening period of play, just as they had done the day before. Nikita Plyonkin scored for Novokuznetsk, while Artemy Mutovin netted one for Tyumensky Legion. Home team won the second frame as they scored two unanswered goals – first defenseman Mikhail Bogdashkin added another one to his total and then Denis Sizikov converted on a powerplay.
Mutovin scored his second of the game to re-introduce intrigue to the game. Novokuznetsk got two minor penalties in a row but still pulled through. Dmitry Levashov set the final score with an empty-netter. Kuznetskie Medvedi take it 4-2 on home ice.
Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang played hosts to SKA-Varyagi and Lev Berdichevsky’s men enjoyed a solid win as they scored five unanswered goals. Daniil Kalmykov opened up the scoring ten minutes in – game officials had to review the play but the goal did count in the end. Denis Mikhnin doubled the lead with a marker late in the period.
Second stanza featured two evenly matched teams but the Chinese side failed to capitalize on their powerplay attempts. The visitors made the ‘Dragons’ pay for that – Anton Sharpanskikh scored with a man-advantage to make it 3-0. That was closely followed by a snipe from Fyodor Yarovinsky and then Sharpansikh got his second of the game. Yaroslav Askarov stopped 20 shots and SKA-Varyagi got a shutout 5-0 win on the road.
Sputnik Almetyevsk began the year with a win over Avto Yekaterinburg. The fans didn’t get to see any goals in the opening period of play but then Yekaterinburg got one in early in the second stanza – Daniil Zaitsev sent one past Adel Minegaliev. Aidar Nazmutdinov got a minor and actually helped his team as Ruslan Galimzyanov tied it up on a counter-attack shorthanded.
Home team finished the job in the third frame. Right after Artyom Onishko scored on a powerplay, Kirill Lazarev added another one at even strength. Almetyevsk got a minor late in regulation but Yekaterinburg failed to find the equalizer even with an extra-attacker out. Sputnik win 4-1 on home ice.
Russkie Vityazi played hosts to Krasnaya Armiya Moscow in Chekhov. Home team came out really hard for this one after losing the day before. It showed in their play and on the scoreboard. Russkie Vityazi converted on their initial powerplay opportunity of the game – Dmitry Zaitsev buried the rebound. Maxim Bets’ men dominated in the second period of play. Zakhar Bardakov scored twice, Maxim Rastvorov added another one and Krasnaya Armiya found themselves up against a daunting task trailing 4-0 after 40 minutes.
After a minor brawl between Daniil Pylenkov and Artyom Pugachyov, Nikita Goncharov scored Chekhov’s fifth goal of the game as the put it in on a breakaway. Brawls became more frequent after that – Georgy Dedov and Nikita Dolgopyatov even engaged in a wrestling match before linesmen broke them up. The visitors ended up getting blanked as Kirill Cherepanov stopped all 21 shots he had to face.
Another team got their revenge in Setun as Krylia Sovetov Moscow lost to Atlanty Moscow Region. However, home team got off to a decent start – Gleb Shutov put ‘Soviet Wings’ in the lead before Damir Bilyalov brought it back to even. After a scoreless second period of play, the fans were treated to an eventful third stanza, in which goals were plenty. Moscow Region’s special teams were on top of their game in this one.
Dmitry Silantyev, Pavel Dyomin and Artur Gilyazeyev got to beat Artyom Melnikov. Down 4-1, Krylia Sovetov got a goal from Yefim Mishkin but it came only 57 minutes into the game. Atlanty had the last word in this one as Sergei Goncharuk set the final score at 5-2.
Almaz Cherepovets once again played hosts to Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk on home ice and this time they enjoyed a much more solid win. Eight minutes into the opening period of play Cherepovets’ top-scorer Vladislav Fyodorov pounced on Khabarovsk’s defensive mistake and scored a shorthanded goal. Soon after that Artur Yegorov one-timed it home from the slot off a great dish by Maxim Nevolin. 14 minutes in Cherepovets put together a wide passing play and Nikita Kolesnikov increased the lead to 3-0.
Early in the second period Mikhail Kalashnikov sliced Amurskie Tigry’s defense with a stretch pas and Kirill Nizhnikov sent it in with a powerplay drive. The score remained unchanged after that despite all efforts from the visiting team. Dmitry Shugayev stood his ground even when Almaz were down by two players. In the end Shagayev got a shutout win with 19 saves.
Last game of the day took place in Riga, Latvia where local favorites once again lost to JHC Dynamo Moscow. Early in the second period the visitors scored two in a row – in a span of just over two minutes Maxim Chuvilov and Mark Katsevich found the back of the net. A few penalties later the visitors scored two more goals – Denis Tolpegin and Hassan Al-Djilaui improved the lead to 4-0. Bruno Bruveris replaced Niklavs Rauza between the pipes for HK Riga in the intermission but he also got scored on – Alexander Petrunin scored just two minutes into the third period of play. Home team managed to eke out a consolation marker as Renars Cipruss got it in over the goal-line. JHC Dynamo Moscow enjoy a solid 5-1 win on the road.