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Five regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on January 17th. All of them were Eastern Conference matchups. We take a look at them all in this daily review on JHL official website.
Omskie Yastreby played hosts to Irbis Kazan and the visitors got their revenge for losing in the first game of the back-to-back series. They also had to come back from behind. First goal came 12 minutes into the opening period of play – Arseny Gritsyuk put the ‘Hawks’ on the board. Early in the second frame Alexei Zubov improved his team’s lead but the teams headed to the dressing-rooms for the second intermission with Omskie Yastreby leading by one – Danila Marushev solved Georgy Dubrovsky midway through the period.
Kazan grabbed the momentum in the third stanza and grinded their way to a win. Dmitry Muzhikov converted on a powerplay to bring it all back to even, while Danil Pyanov netted the winner with ten minutes remaining to play in regulation. Irbis erase a 2-goal deficit and win 3-2 on the road.
Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk faced Kuznetskie Medvedi for the second consecutive time on home ice. There was no revenge in this one. However, the ‘Bears’ got off to a decent start – Denis Sizikov buried the rebound, while Alexei Schetilin looked clumsy on the play. ‘Steel Foxes’ converted on their initial powerplay opportunity of the game – Vadim Antipin skated to the slot, found the rebound and shoved it into the net. Magnitogorsk got their first lead of the game five minutes into the second frame – Konstantin Dubin improved his ever-growing goal total.
The visitors responded with Danila Bogush’s marker. Nevertheless, Novokuznetsk found themselves on the losing end again before the intermission – Danil Pyatin tucked home yet another rebound. They play had to be reviewed but officials determined that there was no goaltending interference. Stalnye Lisy made it a 4-2 hockey game late in regulation – Ruslan Gospodynko scored in his second consecutive game. Novokuznetsk lose 4-2 and leave Magnitogorsk with no points.
Sarmaty Orenburg faced Sibirskie Snaipery in the second game of the back-to-back series. Alexander Molofeyev opened up the scoring as he netted one against his former team. Seven minutes into the second period of play former Taifun Primorie Region player Pavel Tkachkov improved Sarmaty’s lead to 2-0. However, the ‘Snipers’ got it back before the intermission as Ilya Pastukhov beat Artur Mustafin on a powerplay.
Key moment of the game came midway through the third stanza when Orenburg found themselves killing off a 2-man advantage. Pastukhov was about to jump out of the penalty back when Igor Novikov found his target. Nikita Potapov winded the goal differential back to one with four minutes remaining to play in regulation but the visitors failed to find the equalizer and force overtime. Sarmaty take it 3-2 on home ice.
Mamonty Yugry faced Sputnik Almetyevsk on home ice. As expected, Khanty-Mansiysk were spending a lot of time in the offensive zone in the opening frame but Almetyevsk did well defensively. The team traded goals in the following period of play. The visitors got on the board first as Alexei Barkhatkin found the back of the net, while the ‘Mammoths’ answered with Ilya Loza’s marker. Same thing happened in the third stanza – Andrei Sholgin put Sputnik back in the lead just 37 seconds in. Home team brought it all back to even again with five and a half minutes remaining on the clock in regulation – Alexander Dobrovolsky scored his first career Junior Hockey League goal. Overtime solved nothing, so the game went to the shootout, in which Almetyevsk prevailed – Bogdan Korotkov scored the winner.
In the final game of the day Tyumensky Legion entertained Reaktor Nizhnekamsk. Home team did well in the first period of play. Danil Bapambayev opened up the scoring just two minutes in as he put it in from the slo – that was his first career Junior Hockey League goal. The ‘Legion’ improved their lead to 2-0 thirteen minutes later. Anton Tsibin sniped it on the far side from a face-off dot. Nizhnekamsk got a goal back in the second period – KHL All-Star Game participant Arsen Khisamutdinov took a shot through a screen and Nikolai Dryomin couldn’t react to it in time.
Early in the third stanza Sergei Arzamastsev tapped it home off a quick counter-attack. Khisamutdinov managed to score his second of the game but Tyumensky Legion still ahd the last word in this one. Mikhail Suslikov set the final score on yet another counter-attack. Tyumen take this one 4-2 on home ice.