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Just four regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on January 6th. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang played hosts to SKA-Varyagi and the visitors once again enjoyed a blowout win, not letting the opposition get even a single goal. However, first period of play featured no goals but a lot of brawls, penalties and powerplays. Which is especially true for the home side, who piled up 38 penalty minutes in the opening period alone. Late in the second stanza Lev Berdichevsky’s men finally got on the board – Andrei Proskurnin found the back of the net.
The visitors were unstoppable in the third frame. First Alexander Gordin and Denis Mikhnin improved the lead to 3-0. After that the ‘Dragons’ delegated Kevin Qiao between the pipes, but St. Petersburg kept on filling the net. Andrei Gradushkin converted on a powerplay, which was followed by a marker from Artyom Gradovich. Gradovich and Mikhnin went on to score their second goals of the night each, while Dmitry Nikolayev stopped all 15 shots he had to face en route to a 7-0 win on the road.
Sputnik Almetyevsk couldn’t beat Avto Yekaterinburg for the second consecutive time as they lost in a high-scoring game. The visitors got on the board just three minutes in – Kirill Tyutyayev got the marker. Almetyevsk found an answer before the intermission as Ilya Avvakumov hit the twine. Vitaly Solovyov’s men won the second period of play. Tyutyayev scored his second of the game on a powerplay and shortly after that Daniil Zaitsev got another one in on a man-advantage.
Third stanza was rich on goals. Denis Yerkin made it a 4-1 game, but Almetyevsk didn’t feel like giving up just yet. Timofey Ustinov made it a 2-goal game again and in the last minute of regulation Aidar Galimov brought the goal differential back to one, making the visitors nervous. Unfortunately for Sputnik, they had just nine seconds to find the equalizer and force overtime. That was just enough time for Tyutyayev to complete his hat-trick and set the final score. Avto take it 5-3 on the road.
Reaktor Nizhnekamsk finally managed to end their long losing streak as they won a very important game against Tolpar Ufa. Home team secured the win as early as in the opening period of play as they scored four unanswered goals past Dmitry Braginsky. Bulat Shafigullin scored on a powerplay, while Maxim Polkin, Alexei Puzanov and Maxim Groshev got a marker each as well. All Tolapr could get in this one was a consolation goal that came nine minutes into the third period – Alexander Oskin stole the shutout from Yaroslav Ozolin. Despite the visitors heavily outshooting the opposition in the final period, nothing changed on the scoreboard. Reaktor take it 4-1 on home ice.
The game in Orenburg ended with the same final score, albeit it was the visitors who walked away victorious as local Sarmaty lost to Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk. Home side found an answer only to Dmitry Sheshin’s marker, which was first of the night – Vladimir Ipatov converted on a powerplay to make it a tie game. Magnitogorsk was the only team scoring after that. After a string of penalties in the second period of play and a brawl between Ivan Kurov and Timur Khairullin, Yuri Platonov put the ‘Steel Foxes’ back in the lead. Kirill Zotov found the back of the net late in the period to make it 3-1. Daniil Pyatin set the final score seven minutes into the third frame. Stalnye Lisy take it 4-1 on the road.