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Junior Hockey League action resumed on January 24th with five regular season games. This time all of them took place in the Western Conference. We take a look at all of the matchups in this daily review on JHL official website.
The gameday kicked off in Yaroslavl where local Loko faced HK Riga in an uncharacteristically early game. That affected both teams as neither of them engaged in fast-paced hockey in the opening period of play and as a result failed to find the back of the net. Riga converted on their initial man-advantage of the game in the second period – Arvils Bergmanis took a low-shot and the puck ended up behind Vladislav Okoryak with a deflection of Roman Bychkov’s skate. Game officials had to review the play but it counted in the end.
Yaroslavl got back even with Maxim Denezhkin’s marker, who skated to the slot from the area behind the net and stuffed it home. ‘Railway men’ got in the lead six minutes into the third stanza as Daniil Gutik found the back of the net. However, seven minutes later Latvian side levelled it again – Patriks Zabusovs wristed one home. Riga could have ended in overtime but Yaroslavl managed to survive a penalty kill. The visitors went on to take it in the shootout – Kristaps Rokis got the winner.
SKA-Varyagi visited Cherepovets. The game was even in the first period but neither of the teams managed to get on the board. Notably, the visitors got two bench minors for too many men on the ice and the teams finished the period in a 4-on-4 format. St. Petersburg capitalized better on their chances in the following frame. Their top-scorer Denis Kuyanov found the back of the net along with Yegor Shkodenko, while Almaz got a tally from Yegor Chizhikov to make it a 2-1 hockey game.
Nikita Kolesnikov tied it 11 minutes into the third stanza but soon after that Kuyanov scored his second of the game to put his team back in the lead. That’s when home team’s top-scorer Vladislav Fyodorov made ‘army men’ pay for Fyodor Yarovinsky’s minor. The visitors went on to win it but only in the shootout. Anton Sharpanskikh scored the winner.
JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg and Taifun Primorie Region had a rather high-scoring start to their game, which is especially true for the home side as they scored four goals. Anton Vasiliev, Ignat Kokhanin, Sergei Bolshakov and Maxim Mikhailov scored for Dynamo, while Primorie Region got a powerplay tally from Yuri Zholobov. Home team got two minors in a row midway through the second period of play, which led to Pavel Ponosov sending another one past Kirill Ustimenko.
Home team’s top guns took matters into their hands early in the third stanza – Vasiliev and Nazarevich further increased their whopping goal totals. Ponosov went on to score his second of the game and then Alexei Drobin made it a 6-4 hockey game. Nevertheless, there was no comeback in this one and Yegor Anisimov bagged it late in regulation. Dynamo win this one 7-4 and continue their pursuit of SKA-1946 St. Petersburg.
The game in Stupino, Moscow Region featured one more goal as local HC Kapitan enjoyed a win over Kunlun Red Star on the eve of its 20th anniversary. Stupino got off to a great start – Ivan Kazakov and Nikita Saveliev scored in the opening period of play. Home team continued to increase their lead throughout the game – Denis Morozov, Georgy Merkulov and Georgy Trofimov got a tally each past Paris O’Brien. And then of all of a sudden the wheels fell off of Kapitan’s wagon – Nolan Lee and Patrick Vysotsky scored before the intermission for the ‘Dragons’.
Runcheng Zuo and Konstantin Blinkov shortened the gap further but then Kapitan’s top players took care of business – Amir Garayev and Artyom Rusakov put the game away, even though the Chinese side had the last word in this one. Kapitan win 7-5 on home ice.
The game between SKA-1946 St. Petersburg and Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk brought no surprises – top team of the Western Conference scored six unanswered goals. Evgeny Tsaryuk converted on St. Petersburg’s initial powerplay opportunity of the game. Vladimir Vasiliev and Artyom Zhuk scored in the second period of play, while top players among the ‘army men’ took the reins in the final stanza. Alexei Ozhgikhin, who leads SKA-1946 in points, added another powerplay marker to his ever-growing total. Vladislav Tsitsyura netted one at even strength and then Dmitry Ovechkin found the back of the net with four minutes remaining on the clock. Maxim Gibadullin posted a shutout with just 19 saves on the night.