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Ten regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on January 8th. This huge gameday began with an upset in Novosibirsk. We take a look at all matchups in this daily review on JHL official website.
Sibirskie Snaipery suffered a surprising blowout loss on home ice to Tyumensky Legion. The visitors got tired of losing – as they came into this one riding a 5-game skid – and their offense fired up. Alexander Ilyin and Sergei Arzamastsev established a firm lead in the opening period of play as they got a marker each. Novosibirsk got back even in the following period as Vladimir Borodulin and Adel Sadykov found the back of the net. However, what happened after that took local fans completely by surprise.
Tyumensky Legion got their lead back 11 minutes into the period – Artemy Mutovin’s marker counted after video review. Artyom Pylayev also got a tally before the period expired and then the visitors added two more goals to their lead in the third stanza. Mikhail Shabanov made a 5-2 hockey game, which was shortly followed by Mutovin’s second of the night. Tyumensky Legion marched on to a 6-2 win on the road.
In Novokuznetsk, where local Kuznetskie Medvedi played hosts to Mamonty Yugry, it was also the visitors who were victorious. While both teams were creating scoring chances and looked evenly matched in the opening period of play, the mighty Khanty-Mansiysk offense blossomed early in the second frame – Ilya Loza and Kirill Kozhevnikov scored two minutes apart. The last ten minutes of the game proved to be very eventful.
First Alexander Dryagilev sieved one through Yan Sinkevich with a long shot. Novokuznetsk got a goal back after that – Mikhail Frostov skated to the slot and shoved the puck into the net. Alexander Makarevich got an untimely minor and Khanty-Mansiysk pounced on the powerplay chance – Dryagilev got his second of the night and set the final score.
Omskie Yastreby faced Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk on the road. First period featured a lot of goals as the teams were trading leads back and forth. Chelyabinsk got markers from Demid Mansurov and Ivan Shiryayev, while the ‘Hawks’ saw Danil Schyokin and Georgy Bogochanov found the back of the net. Top Belye Medvedi scorer Vladislav Kuliyev also got a goal before the first intermission – he shot it low and beat Georgy Romanov 5-hole. The latter was then replaced in goal by Georgy Dubrovsky.
Omskie Yastreby turned the tables in their favor in the second stanza. Artyom Dmitrichev and Roman Badanin got a tally each shortly before the intermission to make it 4-3 Omsk. Late in regulation the ‘Polar Bears’ managed to bring it back to even – Maxim Shabanov got the marker – and then won it in overtime as Shiryayev netted his second of the game.
SKA-1946 and JHC Dynamo faced each other in St. Petersburg rivalry. ‘Army men’ had a slight advantage in the opening period of play and they managed to convert it into a goal. Vladislav Tsitsyura took a shot from mid-range and it went right between the wickets of Kirill Ustimenko – 1-0. Home team improved their lead in the following period. Ustimenko couldn’t come across in time when Alexei Ozhgikhin threw it in the slot for wide open Adel Galiullin. Dynamo outshot the opposition in the frame but failed to find the back of the net.
Third stanza followed the same scenario. Moreover, Dynamo completely grabbed the momentum as they took almost three times as many shots as SKA-1946, but Alexei Melnichuk got a shutout as he stopped all 35 shots he had to face.
Reaktor Nizhnekamsk faced Avto Yekaterinburg in the second game of the back-to-back series. Home team took a lot of shots in the opening period, which was fuelled by the opposition getting four minor penalties over the stretch. Reaktor players couldn’t capitalize on their powerplay opportunities and the teams were deadlocked at 0-0 after 20 minutes of play. Nizhnekamsk got what they were looking for in the second frame – Bulat Shafigullin found his target. Notably, he has been scoring in his every second JHL game this season. Yekaterinburg spent more time with a man-advantage but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Vitaly Solovyov’s men managed to find the equalizer nine minutes into the third period – Konstantin Suslov got the marker. Overtime solved nothing and Nizhnekamsk had the upper hand in the shootout. Danila Mikhailov scored the winner.
Tolpar Ufa went on the road to Almetyevsk to face local Sputnik and opened up the scoring ten minutes – Danil Bashkirov sent one past Adel Minegaliev, who will represent Team East at the upcoming JHL Challenge Cup. They improved their lead to 2-0 midway through the second period of play – this time Alexander Oskin found the back of the net. Only after Anton Pachin put Almetyevsk down 3-0, home team managed to solve Dmitry Braginsky – Aidar Nazmutdinov got the tally. Sputnik had more than enough time to find the equalizer but Tatarstan team’s efforts were futile. Tolpar take it 3-1 on the road.
Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk came to Yaroslavl where Loko hosted their first games of 2019. First goal of the matchup came ten minutes in. Just as Ilya Nikolayev vacated the penalty box, Danila Dyadyenkin skillfully tipped Roman Bychkov’s shot into the net. Khabarovsk also got one past Vladislav Okoryak but the puck went into the net off a skate and the goal was waved off. The visitors managed to get a tally only after Nikolayev had improved Loko’s lead to 2-0 – Yegor Antonov scored for Amurskie Tigry.
The score remained unchanged in the second period of play, even though both Loko and the ‘Tigers’ created chances. Russian Far East team piled up way too many penalties and it brought them down in the end – Timur Akhunov set the final score as he buried the rebound on Anton Lukichyov’s shot. Yaroslavl enjoy a 3-1 win on home ice.
Russkie Vityazi opened up the scoring in the game against JHC Dynamo Moscow five minutes in – Zakhar Bardakov found the back of the net. Late in the frame the blue-and-white got aggressive on the forecheck, stole the puck and almost scored – Pylenkov kicked the puck away from the goal-line. Dynamo got back even in the following stanza. Alexander Petrunin picked up the puck on a broken play and sent it past Daniil Chechelev, who was lying on his crest – 1-1 after 40 minutes of play.
There were plenty of goals in the third period and most of them were scored by Russkie Vityazi. Nikita Goncharov and Pavel Gorokhov improved home team’s lead to 3-1 by 52nd minute. A little later Chekhov captain Grigory Khrapsky got another tally. Mark Katsevich scored one for Dynamo shorthanded but that didn’t help Moscow – Gorokhov netted his second of the game and thus set the final score.
Krasnaya Armiya Moscow faced HC Kapitan in Stupino. ‘Army men’ killed off a penalty early in the game and opened up the scoring 11 minutes in – Nikita Dolgopyatov sent one past Arseny Akhmetov. Second period featured a lot of penalties, most of which were taken by Stupino. Krasnaya Armiya even had a 5-on-3 powerplay once but failed to convert on it.
Kapitan managed to get back even with Alexei Zhilin’s marker but the visitors re-established their control of the game after that and went on to win it. Dolgopyatov scored his second of the game, then Danila Khulapov got one in on a powerplay and then Dolgopyatov put it in the empty net for the hat-trick. Krasnaya Armiya take it 4-1 on the road.
Krylia Sovetov Moscow opened up the scoring on home ice in the game against Chayka Nizhny Novgorod – Alexei Gluschenko found the back of the net. However, Nizhny Novgorod tied it up and got in the lead before the intermission as captain Donat Stalnov and Andrei Panchuk got the tallies. Kirill Lyalin brought it all back to even five minutes into the second period but soon after that Denis Pochivalov put Toivo Suursoo’s men back in the lead. Krylia Sovetov responded with a marker by Artyom Koksharov on powerplay. Nizhny Novgorod had to kill off a 5-on-3 but were futile at that.
Danila Roganov’s penalty also gave Chayka trouble – Valery Glebov made it a 4-3 hockey game. Home team held on to the lead and secured it with two more goals – Yefim Mishkin and then Vasily Ponomaryov set the final score at 6-3.