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Six regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on February 1st. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
Taifun Primorie Region faced Chayka Nizhny Novgorod in the game that featured no playoff contenders of the season. Home team did better under the circumstances. The visitors managed to find an answer only Taifun’s first goal that was scored by Ivan Lapshin – Andrei Nikonov got the equalizer. Primorie Region was the only team scoring after that – Lapshin got his second of the game in the final minute of the period and put Admiral’s major junior squad back in the lead.
Nikita Shulepov improved the lead to two goals nine minutes into the second frame, thus ending the night for Daniil Andreyev. He was replaced by Alexander Yevdokimov, who didn’t allow any goals. Nevertheless, Taifun scored on the empty net – Pavel Ponosov set the final score with just eight seconds remaining to play in regulation.
Avto Yekaterinburg, who battle with Mamonty Yugry for top position in the Eastern Conference, visited Ladiya in Togliatti. Home team opened up the scoring nine minutes in. Mikhail Isayev stopped Yegor Alexeyev’s shot but Togliatti still put it past him on the follow-up chance – Vladimir Krotov got the marker. It looked as if Vitaly Solovyov’s men were feeling the opposition out as they give up the momentum and responded in the second period of play. Seven minutes into it Maxim Sedov found the equalizer, while Artyom Belotsky put the visitors in the lead in the very next shift.
Togliatti soon recovered from the blow and tied the game up before the second intermission – Semyon Zhuravlyov beat Isayev from in tight. Ladiya were spending more time in the offensive zone in the final period and enjoyed a well-deserved win. Yegor Alexeyev centered it from behind the net for Zhuravlyov, who put it home from the lot. Maxim Sedov had a chance to force overtime late in regulation but his shot ringed off the post. Ladiya Togliatti win 3-2 on home ice.
Amurskie Tigry played hosts to Atlanty Moscow Region in Khabarovsk. First period of play turned out to be rather eventful. The visitors had the lead three times as Damir Bilyalov, Andrei Smirnov and Dmitry Silantyev found the back of the net. The ‘Tigers’ responded with two goals by Ilya Yadryonov and another tally by their top-scorer Evgeny Babushkin. Khabarovsk went on to win the second period as Babushkin got his second of the game, while Ilya Chuykov added a marker of his own.
Third stanza featured a lot of goals. Nikita Meretsky improved the Khabarovsk’s lead to two goals but with three minutes remaining on the clock Sergei Goncharuk converted on a powerplay. Meretsky got his second of the game as hit the empty net but that was followed by another Atlanty goal. Nevertheless, they failed to find the equalizer in the remaining 28 seconds of play. Amurskie Tigry take it 6-5 on home ice.
Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk were limited to just a single goal in the game against Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk but that proved to be suffice to get two points. The ‘Snipers’ converted on their initial powerplay opportunity of the game – Mikhail Konkov hit the twine. Yaroslav Lyuzenkov’s men created more scoring chances and did well defensively as well. Vladislav Scherbakov went on to get a shutout win as he stopped 30 shots. In the game that had been held the day before Novosibirsk had also enjoyed a win but they had to do it in the shootout. This is the second consecutive win for Sibirskie Snaipery following an 8-game losing streak. The ‘Snipers’ are just a few points away from the playoff zone now.
Kuznetskie Medvedi Novokuznetsk once again lost to Omskie Yastreby. However, unlike the day before, they did it in overtime and in exciting high-scoring fashion rather than in a blowout. The teams traded goals in the opening period of play. Denis Sizikov scored for Novokuznetsk, while Omsk got a tally from Kirill Spitsenko. Home team established a comfortable lead after the intermission as Bulat Zagidullin and Yegor Vernigor got a marker each, while Sizikov scored his second of the game. The visitors tied the game before the third stanza capitalizing on Kuznetskie Medvedi’s defense hiccups – Semyon Astashevsky, Pavel Yelizarov and Matvey Zaseda brought it back to even.
Nikita Plyonkin once again put Novokuznetsk in the lead eight minutes into the third period as he converted on a powerplay but the ‘Bears’ failed to hold on to the lead. Roman Badanin made it a 5-5 hockey game and then Spitsenko’s second of the game won it for the ‘Hawks’ in overtime.
In the Green Rivalry of Junior Hockey League Irbis Kazan faced Tolpar Ufa. The visitors, who have recently clinched the playoffs, had the momentum on their side in the first couple of minutes of the game and got a goal out of it – Timur Akhiyarov opened up the scoring 11 minutes in. Kazan stole the momentum in the second period of play and took almost twice as many shots as the opposition. That was to be expected as Irbis are desperate for points in their race for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Nevertheless, neither of the teams was able to find the back of the net in the second frame. Irbis and Tolapr engaged in cautious hockey in the third stanza – Ufa were keen on protecting their narrow lead and they succeeded at that. Dmitry Braginsky stopped 27 shots and Kazan failed to get any closer to playoff berth.