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One of the busiest gamedays in the history of Junior Hockey League took place on January 16th as there were 16 matchups on the agenda. Only Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang rested on the day. We take a look at all of the games in this giant review on JHL official website.
Just as the day before, Taifun Primorie Region and JHC Spartak Moscow kicked off the gameday. And just as the day before it Spartak won the game largely due to an excellent performance by their top-scorer. Moreover, Mikhail Shalagin topped himself as he scored five goals on Primorie Region. He got it going five minutes into the game but Taifun answered with Alexei Drobin’s marker and the teams were tied 1-1 after the opening 20. Then they engaged in a real shootout in the following period. Shalagin went on to score three goals (including a shorthanded marker), while Andrei Legalin added another one to the red-and-white’s total.
As for Taifun, they got a goal from Alexander Avksentyev, who scored on his former team, while Ivan Bunov chipped in two tallies. Shalagin scored his fifth of the game in the third stanza, registering just seventh 5-goal performance by a single player in Junior Hockey League history. Spartak get their second consecutive win over Taifun with a 6-4 final score for a maximum of four points and move to Khabarovsk.
Amurskie Tigry and Krylia Sovetov Moscow once again faced each other in Khabarovsk. The visitors enjoyed their second win a row and once again they did it in a narrow fashion. However, the game was a high-scoring one this time around. ‘Soviet Wings’ had a 2-1 lead after the opening third of the game – Vasily Ponomaryov and Alexei Gluschenko got a tally each for Moscow, while Ivan Belyakov netted one for Khabarovsk. Home team tied the game twice in the following stanza. Andrei Misko made it a 2-2 hockey game and then he scored his second of the game after Nikita Kizikov got one in for Krylia Sovetov.
Key moment of the game came six minutes into the third period. Valery Glebov scored the game-winning goal for the visitors. That was fifth goal of the season for the former Avto Yekaterinburg player. Krylia Sovetov continue to battle with SKA-Varyagi for seventh spot in the Western Conference.
Omskie Yastreby played hosts to Irbis Kazan and enjoyed a win in a hard-fought game. Kazan opened up the scoring just three minutes in – Danila Marushev found the back of the net. The ‘Hawks’ managed not only tie it up before the intermission but also got in the lead – Danil Schyokin and Arseny Gritsyuk got a tally each against Artur Akhtyamov. Early in the second period Artyom Dmitrichev improved the lead to two goals for the home side.
Kazan was spending a lot of time in the offensive end of the ice but all that effort was cancelled by Mikhail Shestopalov, who got a minor penalty. Maxim Melnikov converted on the ensuing powerplay. Maxim Bykov got another goal for Irbis but they ran out of time looking for the equalizer and Omskie Yastreby went on to win 4-2.
Tolpar Ufa faced Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk on home ice and this time around there was no stopping Bashkortostan team as they bulldozed their way past the underdogs of the Eastern Conference. Ufa scored as many as four unanswered goals in the opening period of play alone. Emmanuil Shafeyev, Viktor Vasiliev, Andrei Kuznetsov and Ildar Abdeyev got the markers. Home team continued to dominate in the second frame but were limited to only two tallies – Rodion Amirov and Alexander Oskin found the back of the net.
Tolpar made up for that in the final stanza as they tore the visitors apart – even goaltending change didn’t stop Ufa. Vasiliev got his second of the game and 17-year-old rookie Shakir Mukhamadullin scored his first career Junior Hockey League goal. Alexander Pashin, Pavel Sinyavsky and Alexei Pustozyorov got a marker each as well. Yuri Groshev got a shutout win with mere 13 saves.
Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk entertained Kuznetskie Medvedi on home ice and also enjoyed a blowout win. Magnitogorsk grabbed the momentum, outshot the opposition but managed to get on the board only late in the second period of play – Konstantin Dubin added another one to his G-column. Early in the third stanza Nikita Rozhkov took matters into his hands as he scored twice in a span of as many minutes.
Gafar Satarov got a goal back for Kuznetskie Medvedi as he buried the rebound on Yegor Vernigor’s shot. However, that was the only marker Novokuznetsk would get all game. Starting from the 53rd minute of play, the ‘Bears’ allowed a goal a minute like clockwork. Dubin scored his second, which was followed by tallies by Ruslan Gospodynko, Yuri Platonov and Bairas Abdullin, who set the final score. Stalnye Lisy get a solid 7-1 win on home ice.
The game between Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk and Ladiya Togliatti proved to be a hard-fought one. The visitors looked better in the opening period of play – Nikita Ognev buried his own rebound to open up the scoring and then Semyon Zhuravlyov capitalized on a powerplay with a shot from poor angle. Home team got a goal back in the second frame – Konstantin Lukin had the quickest hands in the slot and put it past Artyom Zabrodin.
Chelyabinsk got their first lead of the game in the third stanza as Grigory Nesvetayev one-timed it into the back of the net, which was shortly followed by Vladislav Kuliyev’s powerplay marker. There was less than five minutes remaining to play in regulation and the visitors managed to force overtime – Ognev got his second tally of the game off a counter-attack. Nevertheless, the ‘Polar Bears’ got the extra point in this one. Zabrodin stopped Konstantin Lukin’s shot but couldn’t do anything about Platon Popov who buried the rebound for the win.
Avto Yekaterinburg weren’t good hosts to Snezhnye Barsy Astana. Pavel Voronkov laid the foundation of the future win in the opening period of play as he sent it just under the bar with a backhand shot. Vitaly Solovyov’s men went on to score two more unanswered goals in the second frame. First Maxim Sedov scored another Michigan style goal, while Ilya Zakharov made it a 3-0 hockey game as he scored on a penalty shot 13 minutes into the stanza.
Home team killed off a penalty early in the third period and then put together a nice passing play, at the end of which Alexander Derbenyov tapped it into the net from in tight. Yekaterinburg win 4-0 as Vladimir Galkin stopped all 24 shots he had to face.
Sarmaty Orenburg snapped their 2-game losing streak as they defeated Sibirskie Snaipery on home ice. Home team’s top-scorer Ivan Ukolov and Daniil Zalalutdinov found the back of the net in the opening frame. Novosibirsk got a goal back late in the second period of play as Sergei Dubakin hit the twine and they brought it all back to even seven minutes into the third stanza – Georgy Yurov got the tally. However, it was Sarmaty who walked away victorious from this one – Ivan Kurov sent another one past Vladislav Scherbakov and Orenburg won it 3-2 on home ice.
Just like the day before, JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg had full control of the game and took almost twice as many shots as the opposition. Daniil Andreyev stopped 44 shots out of 50, while Kirill Ustimenko posted 27 saves for his second consecutive shutout.
Nevertheless, Viktor Belyakov’s men played better with every period. While the fans weren’t treated to any goals in the opening period of play, Anton Nazarevich put Dynamo on the board just six second into the second frame. That was followed by Sergei Anisimov and Yegor Anisimov getting a tally each. The visitors went on to score three more goals in the final stanza. Maxim Mikhailov got one and Anton Vasiliev chipped in two of his own. The latter will participate in KHL All-Star Game this upcoming weekend. That took the last ray of hope from Toivo Suurso’s men. The only positive they can take away from this game is the fact they allowed one goal less than they had done the night before.
Chayka Nizhny Novgorod will now face another St. Petersburg tem on home ice in their next game as they will be challenged by SKA-1946, who top the Western Conference.
While the teams engaged in a shootout in their previous game, the second matchup of the back-to-back series was much calmer. It was evident from the first minutes of play that it was going to be a game of one mistake. And neither team was willing to make it.
Just like two days ago, Loko delegated the top netminder of the 19th regular season week between the pipes – Vladislav Okoryak. Largely due to his stellar performance the fans didn’t get to see any goals in regulation – Yaroslavl goaltender made 43 saves. However, most of Krasnaya Armiya Moscow’s offensive rushes weren’t that dangerous. Maxim Sorkin created a great scoring chance but couldn’t capitalize on a breakaway. That was followed by Nikita Dolgopyatov’s powerplay shot, which Okoryak stopped with his mask. With a a few seconds remaining to play in regulation Okoryak made another huge save to keep it a tie game. As for Loko, they heavily relied on counter-attacks, which explains the little work Dmitry Lozebnikov had to do in this one – he earned a shutout with 22 saves.
Three intense periods of play wore out Yaroslavl netminder. With 90 seconds on the clock Okoryak dropped the puck form his glove and it bounced straight to Danila Markus. As a result, Loko lose their second consecutive game.
It certainly didn’t look like top team of the Eastern Conference faced a team that is currently not in the playoff zone. Sputnik Almetyevsk, who are one point behind eighth spot in the conference, managed to give Mamonty Yugry a run for their money in Khanty-Mansiysk. The game was slow-paced and with a lot of physical battles. The teams combined for 38 hits.
Spuntik netminder Adel Minegaliev stopped 31 shots and kept the intrigue alive right till the final buzzer. The ‘Mammoths’ got only one goal past him – Kirll Rudenko found the back of the net midway through the first period.
Almetyevsk had several chances to tie the game up – midway through the frame Khanty-Mansiysk had to kill off a 2-minute 5-on-3 penalty but the visitors failed to capitalize on the opportunity. Ilya Drozdetskikh set the final score as he scored on the empty net.
Tyumen played their first game on home ice in 2019, while Reaktor Nizhnekamsk had won only two out of their past ten games. Home team had every right to expect to get their revenge for losing two games in Nizhnekamsk. Their optimism was fuelled by the fact that only two points separated the teams in the standings.
However, Reaktor made their plans clear five minutes as they opened up the scoring – Bulat Shafigullin got the tally. Twenty minutes later Nizhnekamsk forward scored his second of the game. Andrei Chivilyov improved the lead to 3-0 with twenty seconds remaining to play in the second stanza. Timur Khafizov and Artyom Golubovich had gotten a marker each before that. Yaroslav Ozolin stopped all 34 shots taken by Tyumensky Legion and thus earned a shutout win.
Nizhnekamsk’s top-scorer Arsen Khisamutdinov, who will compete in KHL All-Star Game this upcoming weekend, picked up an assist in the game. Reaktor begin their road trip with a solid win. Tyumensky Legion will get a chance to bounce back from this loss on January 17th as they will face Nizhnekamsk again.
After suffering a blowout loss from HC Kapitan Stupino in the first game of the back-to-back series, Lev Berdichevsky’s men shuffled their lines a bit. First of all, Yaroslav Askarov was replaced by Dmitry Nikolayev between the pipes. On top of that, Kirill Marchenko, who had scored St. Petersburg’s only goal in the previous game, was joined on the team’s top-line by another member of the 2019 World Juniors Team Russia – Ivan Morozov, who had played for for SKA St. Petersburg the day before in KHL regular season.
Berdichevsky’s plan worked. Morozov opened up the scoring in the second period of play. He kept the puck in the offensive end as he caught it at the boards, skated to the middle of the ice, burned past his opponent and wristed it top-shelf to beat Arseny Akhmetov. Marchenko doubled the lead for SKA-Varyagi to improve his goal-streak to two games. Their former Team West teammate at the 2019 JHL Challenge Cup Amir Garayev got a goal back for Kapitan. Notably, that was 100th career Junior Hockey League game for him.
Alexander Gordin, Nikolai Polyakov and SKA-Varyagi’s top-scorer Denis Kuyanov got a tally each in the third stanza, forcing Leonid Beresnev replace Akhmetov by Artyom Mikhailov in the cage. Nevertheless, third period will likely be remembered by the fans not because of the goals, but rather due to a lot of physical battles and shoving, which later escalated to a full-blown brawl. Denis Kuyanov and Vasily Narzyayev engaged in a bout and St. Petersburg forward won it fair and square. The fight ended with a handshake.
After the first game of the back-to-back series, which featured five bouts in the opening period alone, the teams calmed down. This time only Anton Bogatsky and Nikita Zimin got in a fight two minutes into the game. The teams were feeling each other out at first and didn’t create a lot of scoring chances. However, ‘army men’ did better at capitalizing on theirs – Timur Ibragimov scored in the first period of play, while Evgeny Tsaryuk doubled the lead in the second.
Vadim Chebotaryov’s penalty that came midway through the third stanza proved to be key in the matchup as Daniil Shabarov converted on it to make it a 3-0 hockey game. Soon after that Dmitry Ovechkin set the final score at 4-0. Maxim Gibadullin stopped 21 shots for a shutout win.
St. Petersburg win their fifth consecutive game and continue to top the Western Conference. SKA-1946 will face Chayka in their next game on the road in Nizhny Novgorod.
The visitors got off to a solid start, just as they did the day before, forcing JHC Dynamo Moscow players get penalties and giving Dimitry Rayko a lot of work to do. In the end the blue-and-white’s goaltender made a whopping total of 45 saves. Late in the opening period quantity turned into quality – Nikita Kolesnikov converted on Almaz Cherepovets’ third powerplay opportunity of the night.
However, everything went wrong for the visitors after that. Home team looked like a better team in the second stanza, got a few powerplay chances and constantly bothered Kirill Tyapkin. It took Dynamo just two man-advantages to find the back of the net – late in the period Alexander Petrunin hit the twine. He also registered an assist on Maxim Chuvilov’s marker, which concluded the scoring in the game.
Moscow won the first part of their home stand, but they have a tough opponent a head of them – reigning Kharlamov Cup champions Loko Yaroslavl. As for Almaz, this upset is going to affect their chances of finishing on top of the conference standings. Evgeny Stavrovsky’s men are already tied with JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg in points and the latter have two games in hand. Moreover, Cherepovets will face the mighty Krasnaya Armiya Moscow next.
The day before HK Riga showed a lot of heart as they tied the game up three times against Russkie Vityazi. However, that didn’t help the Latvian team get a win. This is why in the second game of the back-to-back series Aigards Cipruss’ men decided to play a bit differently – Karlis Bucenieks put Riga in the lead and it was up to Moscow Region team to play catch-up.
Maxim Bets’ side managed to bring it back to even just once as Daniil Baklastov found the back of the net. But when Richards Grinbergs put Riga back in the lead, Russkie Vityazi had nothing to counter with. Niklavs Rauza made 23 saves en route to a 2-1 win on home ice.