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Nine regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on January 19th. The day kicked off in Russian Far East where Moscow teams continued to tour. We take a look at all of the matchups in this daily review on JHL official website.
Krylia Sovetov Moscow visited Vladivostok and won a tough game against Taifun Primorie Region in the shootout. Moscow got off to good start. Their top-scorer Yefim Mishkin got the first goal of the game and then Artyom Koksharov converted on his team’s initial powerplay opportunity of the night. Koksharov got his second tally 13 minutes into the next period – that marker also came on the man-advantage. Having established a 3-goal lead, ‘Soviet Wings’ relaxed and Taifun used it to their advantage – Leonid Pasmanik and Nikita Malukhin got a marker each before the intermission to make it a 1-goal game.
Early in the third period of play Krylia Sovetov ran into a penalty problem but home team tied it up at even strength – Malukhin scored his second. Overtime solved nothing, so the game went to the shootout, in which Moscow prevailed – Vasily Ponomaryov got the winner.
At the same time Amurskie Tigry faced JHC Spartak Moscow in Khabarovsk. The visitors failed to score a single goal on the ‘Tigers’, which is a bit unorthodox for them. It’s also a rare occasion for Khabarovsk not to concede a goal in 60 minutes. This was just their second shutout win this season. After a scoreless first period of play home team got on the board 14 minutes into the second frame – Sergei Ivanov found the back of the net.
The red-and-white had the momentum in the third stanza but Amurskie Tigry netminder Grigory Kolupayev was on top of his game. Spartak had a late powerplay but still couldn’t find the back of the net to force overtime. Nikita Popugayev set the final score with an empty-netter. Kolupayev was the first star of the game with a 31-save shutout win.
Avto Yekaterinburg faced Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk on home ice and got a very solid win. Vitaly Solovyov’s men scored two goals in the opening period of play – Pavel Voronkov and Denis Yerkin found the back of the net. The latter’s marker was a wild one as he slammed it home with a one-timer. Home team kept increasing their lead throughout the game. Maxim Sedov and Danil Glukhikh got a tally each just 90 seconds apart.
12 minutes into the second period Yerkin sent another one just inside the bar – this time with a backhand shot. Yekaterinburg scored three more goals in the final period to secure the win. Sedov scored his second of the game as well, while Kirill Tyutyayev and Alexander Fyodorov chipped in a goal each. Vladimir Galkin stopped 21 shots for a shutout win.
Snezhnye Barsy Astana are in Ufa this week. The visitors had a 2-1 lead after first period of play – Maxim Mukhametov and Artur Gatiyatov scored for Astana, while Tolpar got a marker from Pavel Sinyavsky. Ufa turned the tables in the second period – Viktor Vasiliev and Nikita Anokhin got a tally each in a span of just over a minute. Vasiliev went on to score his second of the game, forcing Snezhnye Barsy swap their goaltenders – Demid Yeremeyev replaced Denis Karatayev between the pipes.
Tolpar solved him rather quickly. Sayan Daniyar got a 2-minute minor for high-sticking and Anton Pachin, who was recently his teammate at the 2019 JHL Challenge Cup, converted on the ensuing powerplay. The score did not change in the third stanza. Astana accepted the loss as they took just four shots on Yuri Groshev after the first period. Tolpar take it 5-2 on home ice.
SKA-Varyagi entertained Russkie Vityazi on home ice. Moscow Region team looked better in the first period, created more scoring chances and converted on a powerplay. Yaroslav Askarov stopped Georgy Dedov’s shot but Damir Shirgaziyev buried the rebound. The visitors took almost four times as many shots as the opposition in the second frame but scored just once again – Dmitry Gavrilovich fired it top-shelf on the short-side from the right face-off circle.
Home team managed to get a goal back – early in the third stanza Nikolai Polyakov received the puck from Alexander Gordin from behind the net and sent it home. SKA-Varyagi buzzed around Daniil Chechelev’s net in the final minutes of regulation but couldn’t force overtime. Russkie Vityazi take it 2-1 on the road.
JHC Dynamo Moscow faced reigning Kharlamov Cup champions Loko Yaroslavl in Dmitrov. Home team opened up the scoring three minutes into the first period of play as Ivan Didkovsky beat Vladislav Okoryak from in tight. Yaroslavl responded with a marker by Alexander Kalinin, who recently re-joined the team. Video review confirmed that it was a good goal. Early in the second frame the ‘railway men’ got in the lead as Vladislav Chervonenko scored on a powerplay.
With four minutes remaining to play in the period Andrei Shirochenko made it a 2-2 hockey game but in the very next shit goaltender Dimitri Rayko made a clumsy clearing attempt, hitting Danila Gizatullin in front and the puck ended up in the net. Fyodor Moshkin shot Dynamo in the foot with a minor penalty – Kalinin scored his second of the game on the ensuing powerplay and set the final score. Loko take it 4-2 on the road.
Chayka Nizhny Novgorod defended the ice against SKA-1946 St. Petersburg. First period of play proved to be eventful. Nizhny Novgorod got off to a good start as they established a 2-goal lead by the eighth minute – Donat Stalnov scored both goals. Chayka captain got one in at even strength and a powerplay tally as well. ‘Army men’ brought it back to even before the first intermission as Vladislav Tsitsyura and Alexei Tsyplakov found the back of the net. Nizhny Novgorod got a string of penalties in the second frame and had to pay for that – Daniil Shabarov gave St. Petersburg their first lead of the game.
The visitors improved their lead to 4-2 nine minutes into the third stanza – Artyom Nikolayev sent another one past Daniil Andreyev. Home team got a goal back late in regulation but Vyacheslav Korotin’s tally didn’t help Nizhny Novgorod get any points in this one. SKA-1946 enjoy another win – this time they beat Chayka 4-3 on the road.
JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg spent the weekend in Mytischi, Moscow Region. The visitors proved they were the favorites of the game already in the opening period of play. Despite missing top JHL scorer Anton Vasiliev in the line-up, his friend Anton Nazarevich, who tops the league in goals, did dress for the game. It was no other but Nazarevich, who put Dynamo on the board eight minutes in, which was shortly followed by Vladimir Mikhailaki’s marker. That gave St. Petersburg a 2-0 lead after first. The score remained unchanged in the second frame, albeit Dynamo having the momentum on their side – home team took just four shots on Kirill Ustimenko. Yegor Anisimov set the final score at 3-0 eleven minutes into the third stanza. Ustimenko posted 27 saves for a shutout win. JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg take it 3-0 on the road.
In the final game of the day HK Riga faced HC Kapitan Stupino on home ice. First period of play featured no goals but the fans were treated to an exciting second frame. Gustavs Millers and Kristaps Rokis got a marker each, while the visitors responded with a powerplay goal – Grigory Ponkratov found the back of the net. Third stanza was high-scoring as well. Janis Svanenbergs improved Latvian team’s lead to 3-1 but then Kapitan got two tallies in a row and brought it all back to even – Daniil Tyutchev and Fyodor Korschinsky got the markers. Twenty seconds after the latter hit the twine Antons Sinegubovs put Riga back in the lead, which was shortly followed by Gustavs Millers scoring his second of the game to seal the deal. HK Riga take it 5-3 on home ice.