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Five regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League in the final day of January. All of them were Eastern Conference matchups. We take a look at them in this daily review on JHL official website.
The gameday kicked off in Novokuznetsk, where local Kuznetskie Medvedi suffered a blowout loss to Omskie Yastreby. Novokuznetsk lost their chances of making the playoffs this year, while the visitors aim to score as many points as they can to get a better berth in post-season. Notably, ten different players scored for the ‘Hawks’ in this one. They established a firm grip on the game as they scored four unanswered goals – Alexei Zubov, Ilya Badanin, Igor Shama and Nikita Skorobogatov found the back of the net.
Artyom Dmitrichev scored a shorthanded goal seven minutes into the second frame, which was followed by Semyon Astashevsky and Oleg Sirenko getting a tally each as well. That wasn’t the end of it either – Kirill Kazakov converted on a powerplay in the third stanza, while Matvey Zaseda and Albert Alikov put two more in the net to set the final score at 10-0. Georgy Romanov stopped all 23 shots he had to face for a shutout win.
Snezhnye Barsy Astana and Tyumensky Legion are also desperate for points as they are engaged in a fierce race for the playoffs. Neighboring in the standings, both teams are a stone’s throw away from the playoff zone, which makes their head-to-head battles extra special. The teams fought tooth and nail in the opening period of play. Anton Tsibin and Vladislav Sayko even got a minor for roughing each. Astana spent more time in the offensive end but couldn’t convert on their scoring chances until the second frame.
Maxim Musorov and Aidos Zhorabek got a tally each past Nikolai Dryomin, while Tyumensky Legion responded with a marker by Artemy Mutovin. Snezhnye Barsy’s top-scorer Sayan Daniyar set the final score five minutes into the third stanza and secured a very important win for his team.
Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk faced the top team of the Eastern Conference – Mamonty Yugry of Khanty-Mansiysk. Home team, who are dead last in the standings and have long lost their chance of making the playoffs this year, allowed two goals in the first period of play. First Artyom Kandeyev sniped low-corner from the blue line and then Vladislav Boldin made the opposition pay for a clumsy play as he gained the zone and battered it just under the bar. Second frame turned out to be a real catastrophe for the home side – the ‘Mammoths’ scored as many as six unanswered goals.
Kirill Kozhevnikov and Insaf Galeyev got a marker each, which was followed by Sergei Golodnyuk’s natural hat-trick. In the last minute of the period Ivan Savchik and Ilya Drozdetskikh scored two more goals on Altay in a span of nine seconds. The visitors were limited to just a single marker in the final period – Galeyev got his second of the game. Konstantin Kuzmaul stopped 22 shots as Mamonty Yugry enjoyed a 10-0 win on the road.
Sputnik Almetyevsk got an important win over Sarmaty Orenburg and didn’t let Snezhnye Barsy Astana increase the gap in the standings. Early in the second period of play Rail Sharipov found himself all alone on the wing and found an opening to put his team on the board. Almetyevsk soon got a shorthanded marker – Andrei Sholgin’s minor worked in favor of the home team. In the final second of the period Sputnik got a penalty shot called against them and Ivan Kurov converted on it.
That was the only goal Sarmaty would get in this one, while Almetyevsk went on to get two more tallies in the third stanza. First Marat Murtazin sniped one top-shelf and a few minutes later he got his second of the game as he buried the rebound from the slot. Sputnik take it 4-1 on home ice. The game ended with a series of brawls, which tallied up to over 160 penalty minutes.
Reaktor Nizhnekamsk defeated Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk, who clinched a playoff berth the day before. Gleb Semyonov opened up the scoring in the first period of play. Magnitogorsk enjoyed a great start of the second frame – Nikita Rozhkov added another one to his growing goal total, which was followed by Zakhar Zakharov finding the back of the net five minutes later. However, the teams were tied after 40 minutes as Semyonov scored his second. Nizhnekamsk came out hard for the third stanza – in the opening four minutes of the frame Timur Khafizov scored twice, while Arsen Khisamutdinov added a tally of his own. That was a blow the visitors didn’t recover from. Semyonov put it on ice late in regulation with an empty-netter to complete his hat-trick. Reaktor take it 6-2 on home ice.