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12 regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
Kuznetskie Medvedi played hosts to Mamonty Yugry in Novokuznetsk again and lost this one as well as the Khanty-Mansiysk won 3-1. The ‘Mammoths’ converted on their initial powerplay opportunity of the game. Kirill Kozhevnikov broke away on a counter-attack and beat Yan Sinkevich. Mamonty Yugry doubled their lead eight minutes into the second frame. Sergei Golodnyuk shot it low from the left face-off circle and beat Sinkevich 5-hole.
Home team got a goal back as Bulat Zagidullin stole the puck and passed it to Yegor Vernigor, who put it in. Unfortunately for Kuznetskie Medvedi, that was the only marker they could eke out all game. Four minutes into the third period of play the visitors converted on a powerplay – Alexander Dryagilev hit the twine from in tight. Mamonty Yugry take it 3-1 on the road.
The game between Ladiya Togliatti and Snezhnye Barsy Astana proved to be very high-scoring. Togliatti got two tallies in the opening period of play – Semyon Zhuravlyov and Milan Zinatullin found the back of the net. As for Astana, they answered with a converted penalty shot by Samat Daniyar. Second frame mirrored the first as this time around Kazakhstan team scored twice – Yegor Dobrodum got a double-minor, paving the road for Batyrlan Muratov and Artur Gatiaytov to capitalize on the ensuing powerplay.
Togliatti responded with a goal by Vladimir Krotov and the teams headed to dressing-rooms for the second intermission tied up 3-3. Third stanza was deciding. The visitors went on to score two in a row again, which proved to be enough to win – Vladislav Sayko and Sayan Daniyar got the markers. Home team got back to within one as Zhuravlyov scored his second of the night but they failed to force overtime. Snezhnye Barsy take it 5-4 on the road.
Reaktor Nizhnekamsk faced Avto Yekaterinburg on home ice and this time around the visitors won the duel. The teams traded goals in the opening period of play – Sergei Sibiryakov scored for Avto, while Andrei Chivilev got one in for Reaktor. Vitaly Solovyov’s men had the momentum on their side in the following period, outshot the opposition and got two past Yaroslav Ozolin – Alexander Lebedinets and Yekaterinburg’s top-scorer Kirill Tyutyayev got the tallies. That proved to be enough for the win. Home team pulled their netminder late in regulation for the extra-attacker but they still couldn’t bring it back to even to force overtime.
Tolpar Ufa continued their back-to-back series against Sputnik Almetyevsk and this time home team enjoyed a narrow 1-0 win. The only was scored by Ruslan Galimzyanov. Notably, he put Almetyevsk in the lead with a shorthanded marker. Goaltender Rail Nasyrov got a minor penalty and it actually helped Sputnik – Artyom Onishko passed it to Galimzyanov, who consequently put it home. Tolpar heavily outshot the opposition, especially in the third period of play when Sputnik took just four shots on net. Ironically, it was no other but Nasyrov who was the first star of the game as he stopped 37 shots en route to a shutout win.
Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk played the second game of the back-to-back series against Loko in Yaroslavl. Home side got on the board 14 minutes in. Stepan Nikulin stickhandled away for his opponents at the boards, cut to the slot and sent it past Grigory Kolupayev. Late in the first period of play Nikulin had a chance to increase the lead but he couldn’t capitalize on a breakaway. Second stanza featured no goals but the ‘railway men’ had the momentum on their side.
Nikulin did score his second of the night. He received the puck from the area behind the net from Ruslan Abrosimov and made it a 2-0 hockey game. With four minutes remaining to play in regulation Abrosimov gained the zone with some speed, skated to the middle of the ice and wristed it home. That marker was the last one in the game. The visitors failed to get anything past Vladislav Okoryak, who finished the night with 20 saves.
After a blowout loss the day before, Sibirskie Snaipery came out hard for the second game against Tyumensky Legion, looking to get their revenge. Despite Mikhail Suslikov opening up the scoring just two minutes in, Novosibirsk responded with Makar Nikishanin’s tally before the intermission to tie it up. Same thing happened in the second period – the ‘Legion’ got their second lead of the night with Timofey Filippov’s marker but soon after the halfway mark of the period Mikhail Romayev brought it all back to even again.
Both goaltenders were on top of their game in the third stanza and subsequently overtime. The visitors prevailed in the shootout – Artemy Mutovin got the winner. Artyom Pylayev also scored on his attempt, while the ‘Snipers’ got blanked.
Irbis Kazan enjoyed a solid win on home ice over Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk as they scored four unanswered goals. Despite the visitors having an advantage on the shot-clock in the opening period of play, Kazan played well defensively and went on to score twice in the following frame – Kirill Degtyaryov and Kirill Mukhin got a tally each a minute apart. Irbis had a firm hold on the game in the period and took more than three times as many shots as Ust-Kamenogorsk.
Three minutes into the third stanza Mikhail Shestopalov sent another one past Andrei Shutov to increase the lead to 3-0 and then Radik Akhmetgaliev set the final score. After JHL Challenge Cup’s participant found the back of the net, Altay got a bench minor for too many men on the ice, hurting their chances of scoring even a consolation goal. Irbis marched on to a 4-0 win. Artur Akhtyamov got a shutout with 20 saves.
Russkie Vityazi once again faced JHC Dynamo Moscow on home ice and this time around the visitors struck first – Mark Katsevich put the blue-and-white on the board in the opening minute of play. Chekhov went on not only tie the game up but also get in the lead in a span of just 59 seconds – first Dmitry Gavrilovich elevated the puck over Vadim Zherenko and then Ivan Nazarov found himself at the tip of a long passing play and tapped it home no problem.
Second period also proved to be eventful. Dynamo brought it back to even with Daniil Yegorov’s tally and then Maxim Rastvorov gave Russkie Vityazi their second lead of the game. However, Moscow Region team got an unforced penalty after that and Maxim Chuvilov made it a 3-3 hockey game after 40 minutes of play. Home side dominated in the third stanza but they scored the game-winning goal only in overtime – Grigory Khrapsky got the tally.
SKA-1946 and JHC Dynamo faced each other again in St. Petersburg rivalry. This time Dynamo opened up the scoring – 15 minutes into the first period of play Yegor Anisimov went for a solo dash, got to the net and put it past Nikita Lysenkov. ‘Army men’ tied it up and got in the lead before the period expired – 2019 World Juniors bronze medalist Vasily Podkolzin scored first and in the very next shift Alexei Ozhgikhin made it 2-1 SKA-1946.
Ozhgikhin was in the spotlight in the following period as well – he scored his second of the game, which was followed by Alexei Tsyplakov’s tally, that gave the home side a 3-goal lead. Kirill Ustimenko was replaced by Makar Chufarov in Dynamo’s goal after that and that almost transformed the team. They scored three goals late in the third period and brought it all back to square one. Dynamo’s top-scorers Anton Vasiliev and Anton Nazarevich got a tally each, while Sergei Anisimov chipped in another one. While SKA-1946 went on to win it in overtime, Dynamo can certainly be proud of the game.
Krasnaya Armiya Moscow faced HC Kapitan in Stupino for the second consecutive time. ‘Army men’ got on the board four minutes in – Yegor Filin sniped one home and increased his ever-growing point total. Danila Markus got a minor penalty after that and it didn’t help the home side. Instead of looking for an equalizer, they conceded another goal. No other but Filin broke away shorthanded and scored his second of the game. Krasnaya Armiya kept up with a goal-per-period rate and sealed the deal in the final frame. Filin picked up an assist as Maxim Sorkin found the back of the net. Vsevolod Skotnikov stopped all 22 shots he had to face and earned a shutout win.
Krylia Sovetov Moscow faced Chayka Nizhny Novgorod on home ice. Despite taking almost twice as many shots, ‘Soviet Wings’ failed to get on the board in the opening period of play. Nizhny Novgorod were answering with rare counter-attacks and gave Danila Kadochnikov a fair bit of work. Home team won it thanks to scoring twice in the second frame. Artyom Koksharov scored on a powerplay, after Vlad Utkin got a minor for tripping. Ten minutes later defenseman Alexander Nikishin scored at even strength. Two goals proved to be enough to get a win in this one. Chayka couldn’t find their game, hurting their chances with a string of penalties. Danila Kadochnikov enjoyed a shutout with 22 saves.
Final game of the day took place in Mytischi, Moscow Region as SKA-Varyagi visited Atlanty. The former got off to a great start as they scored four unanswered goals – Fyodor Yarovinsky, Anton Sharpanskikh, Ilya Altybarmakyan and Denis Kuyanov found the back of the net. After St. Petersburg established a 3-0 lead, Danila Fomin replaced Yegor Sinegubkin between the pipes for the home side. Only after Alexander Katayev improved the lead to 5-0, Atlanty got on the board as well – Nikolai Tsaryov got the marker.
However, there was no shadow of a comeback. Andrei Proskurnin scored one shorthanded to restore the 5-goal margin. Yarovinsky went on to score his second of the game in the third period of play, while Alexander Gordin chipped in another one. Konstantin Berkutov’s tally didn’t change much – SKA-Varyagi enjoy a blowout 8-2 win on the road.