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Seven regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on January 25th. All of them were Western Conference matchups. We take a look at all of the action in this daily review on JHL official website.
The gameday kicked off with a historic rivalry not just for Russian hockey but for Junior Hockey League league as well. Krasnaya Armiya Moscow versus JHC Spartak Moscow is one of the most attractive headlines for the fans. The teams didn’t disappoint them as they put forward an exciting game. Yegor Filin opened up the scoring three minutes in. Spartak killed off a penalty and tied tied the game up with a marker by Mikhail Bulimov.
‘Army men’ got back in the lead midway through the second period of play. Officials had to take another look at Danila Khulapov’s tally but they confirmed there was no goaltender interference on the play. Nikita Dolgopyatov scored in a 4-on-4 format but the red-and-white got a goal back as Yegor Kravchenko found the back of the net. The score remained unaltered after that. Spartak took twice as many shots as the opposition but Vsevolod Skotnikov stood his ground. Krasnaya Armiya win this one 3-2.
Loko faced HK Riga in Yaroslavl for the second consecutive time. First period of play proved to be high-scoring as the teams were trading leads throughout it. Alexander Daryin and Anton Lukichyov scored for the defending Kharlamov Cup champions, while Antons Trastasenkovs and Rudolfs Polcs got a tally each for the Latvian side. ‘Railway men’ got back in the lead in the second frame as Nikita Zhukov converted on a breakaway.
Despite Yaroslavl having the momentum on their side, Riga did well in the third period. Patrik Zabusovs sent another one past Daniil Isayev. Just as the day before, regulation solved nothing but this time around the game didn’t go to the shootout – Vladislav Rybakov scored the winner two minutes into overtime.
SKA-Varyagi continued their stay in Cherepovets and enjoyed another win. Moreover, this time around they got two points in regulation. Home team got off to a decent start as they were up by one after the opening period of play – Pavel Zhirnov found the back of the net. The visitors dominated early in the second frame and established a 3-1 lead just six minutes into it. 16-year-old Kirill Tankov, Nikolai Polyakov and Ilya Altybarmakyan got the tallies. After that Konstantin Shostak was replaced in Almaz’s goal by Dmitry Shugayev.
With four second remaining to play in the stanza Maxim Kazakov scored another goal for Cherepovets, but Nikita Kolesnikov’s minor spilled over to the third period and it proved to be crucial for Almaz. Tankov scored his second of the night and that goal turned out to be the winner, even though Kazakov went on to score his second of the game as well. With this 4-3 win SKA-Varyagi leave Cherepovets with four points.
Taifun Primorie Region upset JHC Dynamo St. Peterbsurg on the road with the same final score. Ruslan Geidarov opened up the scoring in the first period of play. Home team responded early in the second frame as Veniamin Baranov found the back of the net. Late in the stanza Primorie Region re-took the lead with Ivan Lapshin’s tally and then added a security goal to their lead just two minutes into the third – Gleb Maltsev got the marker.
And that’s when Anton Vasiliev took matters into his hands. He quickly made it a 1-goal game again and late in regulation picked up and assist on Yegor Anisimov’s equalizer. However, it was Primorie Region who walked away victorious in this one – Pavel Ponosov won it for Taifun four minutes into the extra period.
HC Kapitan Stupino, who celebrated their 20th anniversary on January 25th, had no right to disappoint their fans and they did not. Kapitan blew past Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang, even though the latter gave them a fair run for the money the day before. This time Stupino built an almost unsurmountable lead as early as in the first period of play, having scored five goals on Filip Krasanovsky. The Chinese side managed to eke out a sole marker by Ryan Riggs. As for the home team, they got goals from Amir Garayev, Mikhail Gordeyev and Daniil Tyutchev, as well as two tallies from Grigory Pankratov.
Stupino continued to dominate in the second period – Gordeyev scored his second of the game, while Yuri Kozhukhov improved the lead to six goals. Patrik Vysotsky converted on Tyutchev’s minor but the teams headed to the dressing-rooms with Kapitan leading 8-2 after 40 – Georgy Merkulov got another tally. Artyom Maltsev set the final score at 9-2 to cap off Kapitan’s celebration.
The game between SKA-1946 St. Petersburg and Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk was also lop-sided but not to such an extreme extent. Just as the day before, the ‘army men’ scored six goals on the ‘Tigers’. Khabarovsk found an answer only to Vladislav Tsitsyura’s marker, who had opened up the scoring – two minutes later Evgeny Babushkin found the back of the net. St. Petersburg was the only team scoring after that. They regained the lead before the first intermission as Artyom Zhuk buried the rebound.
Tsitsyura scored his second of the game six minutes into the next period. Late in the frame Timur Ibragimov broke away shorthanded and sent another one past Grigory Kolupayev. The top team of the Western Conference finished the job in the final period of regulation – Tsitsyura completed his hat-trick, while Alexei Ozhgikhin also improved his goal total. With this 6-1 SKA-1946 increase the gap in the standings.
In the final game of the day, which took place in Moscow’s Setun, local Krylia Sovetov lost to JHC Dynamo Moscow. Scoreless first period of play was followed by three goals in the second. Yegor Kurbatov scored for the home side, but Alexander Petunin tied it up in the very next shift. It took Dynamo just seven seconds to get back even. They grabbed the lead six minutes into the third period as Hassan Al-Djilaui found the back of the net.
Oleg Gofman scored the game-winning goal as he sent one past Artyom Melnikov six minutes into the third stanza. Yefim Mishkin brought ‘Soviet Wings’ back to within one but Andrei Potaichuk’s men failed to find the equalizer in the remaining time, despite the blue-and-white getting two consecutive minor penalties. JHC Dynamo Moscow win 3-2 on the road.