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Ten regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on January 28th. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
The gameday kicked off in Cherepovets where local Almaz faced HK Riga in a rather early Monday afternoon game. Neither of the teams went for fast-paced hockey. Cherepovets got one over the goal-line 14 minutes in but the goal was waved off after video review due to high stick on the play. Almaz did get one that counted before the intermission – Danila Uvarov put the puck on net and it ended up behind Bruno Bruveris, who didn’t see it for the traffic in front.
Almaz gradually improved their lead in the second period of play as Vladislav Gertsik and Kirill Nizhnikov got a tally each. German Grachyov could have improved the lead to 4-0 but he failed to score on a penalty shot, which Bruveris brought upon himself for throwing his stick. Cherepovets got their fourth goal of the game in the third stanza – Artyom Markov set the final score. Konstantin Shostak stopped 28 shots en route to a shutout 4-0 win on home ice.
Omskie Yastreby continued their back-to-back series against Sibirskie Snaipery on the road and once again got on the scoreboard first – Semyon Astashevsky got one past Vladislav Scherbakov two minutes into the first period of play. Unlike the day before, the ‘Snipers’ managed to avoid getting blanked by the opposition – Nikita Chelbayev found the back of the net eight minutes into the second frame. However, Novosibirsk were down 2-0 at the point as Kirill Spitsenko had gotten another tally for Omsk.
There was going to be no comeback in the game. The ‘Hawks’ played smart defensively and late in regulation Igor Shama took matters into this hands as he scored twice, setting the final score at 4-1 in favor of the visitors.
Second game of the back-to-back Bear rivalry series proved to be a high-scoring one. Home team scored two goals in the opening period of play but only one of them counted. There was nothing wrong with Bulat Zagidulin’s marker but the puck was kicked into the net on the second occasion. The teams put together a real goal-fest in the second frame. Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk got in the lead as Platon Popov and Konstantin Lukin got a marker each. Yegor Vernigor sniped one top-shelf for Kuznetskie Medvedi but Arkady Aksyonov converted on a powerplay less than a minute later, benching Stanislav Baryshnikov, who was replaced by Mikhail Kuzmin between the pipes.
Novokuznetsk’s newest delegate in the cage got scored on in no time. Maxim Shabanov and Vladislav Kuliyev got a goal each before the intermission. Ilya Zhitnikov gave Kuznetskie Medvedi fans some hope in the third stanza but in late in regulation they got caught with intentionally putting too many men on the ice and conceded an automatic goal. Belye Medvedi went on to win this one 6-4 on the road.
Avto Yekaterinburg went on the road to Kazan. Vitaly Solovyov’s men created a few more scoring chances in the opening period of play than the opposition and got on the board in the final minute of the frame – Maxim Sedov converted on Avto’s initial powerplay opportunity of the game. Home team took just four shots against Vladimir Galkin in the following stanza, while Yekaterinburg scored two more goals – Ilya Zakharov and Alexander Derbenyov found the back of the net to give Avto a 3-0 lead. Irbis Kazan spent a lot of time in the offensive end in the third period but couldn’t change anything on the scoreboard. In the end Avto Yekaterinburg won the game 3-0, while Galkin earned a shutout with 28 shots.
Tolpar Ufa enjoyed a great opening period of play in their away game against Ladiya Togliatti as they scored three unanswered goals – Timur Akhiyarov, Nikolai Sytyi and Yegor Suchkov got the tallies. Late in the frame Kirill Toropov broke away but couldn’t take a shot as Alexei Pustozyorov engaged in pursuit and poke the puck loose. Togliatti got a goal back in the next stanza – Milan Zinatullin sent one past Yuri Groshev seven minutes in.
Home team brought it back to a 1-goal differential in the third period. Leonid Nikolenko won the battle of the puck at his own blue line, beat his defenseman and slid it past Groshev from in-close. Arseny Nikonorov shot Togliatti in the foot late in regulation as he got a minor penalty. Ladiya ran out of time looking for the equalizer. Tolpar take it 3-2 on the road.
Reaktor played hosts to Sarmaty Orenburg in Nizhnekamsk. The visitors strived for points in this one as they continue to battle for a playoff berth. Home team got on the board 14 minutes in as Artyom Golubovich found the back of the net. Nizhnekamsk went on to score three more goals in the second frame. Alexei Puzanov and Gleb Semyonov converted on a powerplay. After Ivan Kurov had scored one for the visitors, Vladislav Shutov restored the comfortable 3-goal lead for Reaktor. That ended the night for Nikita Maslennikov, who was replaced by Timerlan Faizulin in Sarmaty’s goal.
That didn’t stop Nizhnekamsk from filling the net. Orenburg pulled Faizulin for the extra-attacker eight minutes into the final stanza and that led to Bulat Shafigullin’s marker. Timur Sharifyanov scored on a powerplay after that, while Shutov added his second of the game to set the final score. Reaktor Nizhnekamsk take it 7-1 on home ice.
Loko Yaroslavl faced SKA-Varyagi and enjoyed a great first period of play as they scored two unanswered goals. First Stepan Nikulin put it in off Timur Akhunov’s assist and then Akhunov fired it home with a huge one-timer himself – Dmitry Nikolayev couldn’t do anything to stop that powerful drive. Alexander Gordin sliced Loko’s lead in half but the teams still headed to the dressing-rooms with Yaroslavl leading by two – Alexander Daryin sniped one home from a tough angle.
Midway through the third period Maxim Denezhkin got one over the goal-line and it counter only after video review. Anton Sharpanskikh set the final score late in regulation as he got another one past Daniil Isayev. Loko Yaroslavl win 4-2 on home ice.
Russkie Vityazi absolutely dominated the game against Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang. Home team scored three unanswered goals in the opening period of play – Grigory Khrapsky, Zakhar Bardakov and Maxim Rastvorov found the back of the net. Igor Rydchenko could have further improved the lead but his shot clipped the post. Only after Ivan Nazarov and Daniil Baklastov got a tally each past Paris O’Brien, the visitors responded with Hans Hagen’s marker, which came with six seconds remaining to play in the second period.
Moscow Region team wasn’t faded by that and they calmly worked the clock till the win. The ‘Dragons’ got another tally from Maxim Sarapultsev. However, Vyacheslav Sarayev had gotten Russkie Vityazi their sixth goal of the game five minutes before that.
JHC Dynamo played hosts to Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk in St. Petersburg. After a scoreless first period of play, home team established full control of the game in the second frame. Anton Vasiliev, who recently climbed on top of Junior Hockey League in all-time goals and points, picked up two assists on Veniamin Baranov and Alexander Zhabreyev’s markers. Yegor Anisimov scored another one for Dynamo as he finished off a beautiful passing play with a gentle tap-in. It wouldn’t have been strange not to see Vasiliev score in this one but that wasn’t the case as he found the back of the net five minutes into the third period on a powerplay. Kirill Ustimenko stopped 28 shots for his ninth shutout of the year as JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg beat Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk 4-0 on home ice.
SKA-1946 St. Petersburg needed a second consecutive win over Taifun Primorie Region to clinch the playoffs. Artyom Nikolayev found his target in the opening period of play as he converted on his team’s initial powerplay opportunity of the game. The visitors had three man-advantages in the second frame but couldn’t capitalize on either of them. ‘Army men’ got a 2-man advantage midway through the third stanza but Vladislav Bulygin was on top of his game. Primorie Region did their best to salvage the game but SKA-1946 carried their narrow lead up till the final buzzer. With these two points, SKA-1946 become the first team to clinch playoff berth in the Western Conference.