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Six regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on January 21st. 12 teams hit the ice in the Eastern Conference before a short break. We take a look at all of the action in this daily review on JHL official website.
The gameday kicked off in Omsk where local ‘Hawks’ faced Ladiya Togliatti. First game of the back-to-back series between the two was really high-scoring but the teams failed to find the back of the net in the opening period of the second matchup. They traded goals only late in the second frame. Incidentally, they did in a span of just over a minute. Leonid Nikolenko made up for his earlier 10-minute misconduct, while Omskie Yastreby got another goal from their Badadin brothers duo – Roman found the back of the net.
Togliatti had a great chance to get in the lead in the third period as they got almost a 2-minute long 2-man advantage. However, home team survived it and won it in overtime – German Voloshin won the extra point for Yuri Panov’s men. Omskie Yastreby get their revenge and win 2-1 on home ice.
Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk faced Sibirskie Snaipery at home. Just like the day before, first period of play ended in a tie, albeit this time it was a scoreless one. Novosibirsk had three powerplay opportunities but Magnitogorsk netminder Nikita Kamyshnikov was on top of his game. The ‘Snipers’ got on the board early in the second frame. Mikhail Romayev tipped home Danila Davydov’s shot from the blue line to give Novosibirsk a 1-0 lead. Soon after that Stalnye Lisy’s top-scorer Nikita Rozhkov tied it up – Shamil Shmakov got fooled by his shot from a poor angle.
Magnitogorsk scored the game-winning goal early in the third stanza. This time Rozhkov picked up an assist as he fed Yegor Spiridonov for a one-timer. There was no scoring after that and Stalnye Lisy went on to win it 2-1 on home ice.
Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk once again faced Irbis Kazan in their hometown. Being neighbors in the standings, the teams engaged in a game of playoff caliber. Kazan got on the board in the opening minute of play – Maxim Bykov put the puck in the middle of the ice and Danil Pyanov rifled it past Sergei Mylnikov. The visitors were spending more time in the offensive end. It is suffice to say that Mylnikov stopped 23 shots in the first period alone.
Irbis increased their lead early in the second stanza. This time Pyanov centered it from the area behind the net and Kazan’s top-scorer Airat Vildanov didn’t let it go to waste. Chelyabinsk did their best to turn things around but they couldn’t get anything past Akhtyamov, who went on to earn a shutout win with 25 saves. Irbis win 2-0 on the road.
Sarmaty Orenburg, who had scored three unanswered goals against Kuznetskie Medvedi in the opening period of play the day before, this time did the exact opposite. Novokuznetsk got off to a perfect start as they scored three goals less than four minutes into the game. Danila Bogush got a pair of tallies, while Nikita Plyonkin chipped in one of his own, forcing Orenburg swap their goaltenders – Yan Sinkevich got replaced by Timerkhan Faizullin between the pipes.
The switch really turned things around for Sarmaty as they didn’t allow any goals in the second period. On top of that Alexander Molofeyev got a goal back. In the third stanza the teams burst out into a full-on shootout. Denis Sizikov got one for the ‘Bears’, and Molofeyev scored his second of the game, which was followed by Igor Novikov’s powerplay marker that made Novokuznetsk’s lead susceptible. Alexander Makarevich scored midway through the period shorthanded but Sarmaty did go on to convert on the same powerplay – Vladimir Ipatov got the tally. Kuznetskie Medvedi were able to fend off Sarmaty for the rest of regulation en route to a 5-4 win on the road.
Reaktor Nizhnekamsk continued their back-to-back series in Khanty-Mansiysk. Neither of the teams had an advantage in the opening period of play, which led to no scoring. However, home team did convert on a powerplay early in the second frame – Yegor Favrichnikov got a minor and Kirill Rudenko snapped one past Yaroslav Ozolin. Nizhnekamsk levelled the game before the second intermission as Bulat Shafigullin found the back of the net. It is a rare occurrence when he leaves the ice without any points.
Third period proved to be rather exciting. The visitors grabbed the lead with Andrei Chivilyov’s marker but then Khanty-Mansiysk managed to turn the tables. Vladimir Gaideik made it a 2-2 hockey game and Sergei Golodnyuk put Mamonty Yugry in the lead late in regulation. Nizhnekamsk pulled their goaltender for the extra-attacker and with four second remaining on the clock Chivilyov forced overtime with his second tally of the game. Reaktor went on to win it in the extra period. Danila Mikhailov scored the game-winning goal.
Sputnik Almetyevsk faced Tyumensky Legion in the final game of the day. Almetyevsk scored two goals in the seventh minute of the game – Rail Shalimov and Timur Zakirov got a tally each in a span of 43 seconds past Nikolai Dryomin. ‘Legion’ defensemen let the opposition take shots from the slot on both occasions. Late in the second frame the visitors scored another one – this time Daniil Melnikov buried the rebound as the puck trickled past the netminder to give Sputnik a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes of play. There was no scoring in the final stanza. Adel Minegaliev stopped 30 shots en route to his 10th career Junior Hockey League shutout.