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Five regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on February 3rd. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
Defending Kharlamov Cup champions Loko played hosts to Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang in Yaroslavl. ‘Railway men’ were technically the away team in this one as the ‘Dragons’ will play all of their remaining games at their opponents’ ice. There were no surprises in the matchup. Daniil Misyul and Vladislav Rybakov scored for Loko in the opening period of play. Seven minutes into the second period Kirill Slepets netted his first goal of the game, which was shortly followed by Ruslan Abrosimov’s tally.
Maxim Denezhkin’s minor penalty actually did good to Loko as they Slepets scored his second of the game shorthanded. Pengfei Zhang buried the rebound to put Heilongjiang on the board. After Denezhkin had improved the lead to 7-1, Nolan Lee got another tally for the ‘Dragons’. After a short bout between Ryan Riggs and Vladislav Rybakov, Gleb Shtaiger found the back of the net as well, while Slepets completed his hat-trick. Loko take it 9-2 in Yaroslavl.
JHC Spartak Moscow enjoyed a tough win over SKA-Varyagi. Home team got on the board first – Maxim Krovyakov buried the rebound on Otar Sakhokia’s shot. Spartak got back even late in the period – Ruslan Novruzov one-timed it home from a face-off circle. The red-and-white got in the lead late in the second period of play – Mikhail Bulimov converted on a powerplay with a long shot.
Midwya through the third frame Ilya Altybarmakyan passed it from the left wing to Fyodor Yarovinsky, who sent the game to overtime. Kirill Basisty shot his team in the foot in the extra frame by getting a minor penalty as Yegor Kruzhenkov converted on the ensuing powerplay and Spartak won it 3-2.
The game in Moscow between local Krasnaya Armiya and JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg ended with the same final score but it didn’t go past regulation. The teams traded goals in the opening period of play – Anton Nazarevich scored for the visitors, while the red-and-blue responded with Maxim Sorkin’s tally. Leonid Klimov converted on Nazarevich’s minor early in the second frame and the teams headed to the dressing-rooms for the second intermission with Krasnaya Armiya up 2-1.
Dynamo are no strangers to win hard-fought games and they did it again. Alexei Kudryavtsev brought it all back to even seven minutes into the third stanza and then JHL top-scorer Anton Vasiliev took matters into his hands. He scored the game-winning goal with just five minutes remaining on the clock and thus clinched the playoffs for SKA-Varyagi.
JHC Dynamo Moscow played hosts to SKA-1946 St. Petersburg in Dmitrov. The visitors got off to a good start as they established a 2-0 lead just eight minutes in – Arseny Brinkman and Vladislav Tsitsyura found the back of the net. After killing off the remainder of the penalty that spilled over into the second period, Daniil Shabarov improved the lead to 3-0. ‘Army men’ cooled down after that and focused on protecting the advantage. Dynamo solved Nikita Lysenkov late in the period – Valentin Nikonorov’s tally counted after video review. That didn’t faze SKA-1946 as they didn’t allow any goals for the rest of the game en route to a 3-1 win on the road.
Last game of the day took place in Pinki, Latvia – HK Riga brought joy to their fans as they beat Krylia Sovetov Moscow. Home side had a narrow lead after the opening period of play – Antons Sinegubovs got the tally. Riga did even better in the following frame – ‘Soviet Wings’ were down 3-0 just six minutes into it. Richards Grinbergs and Gustavs Millers got the markers. The visitors got a goal back before the intermission – Yegor Kurbatov beat Niklavs Rauza.
Riga once again scored twice in the third stanza – Mikus Mintautiskis and the team’s top-scorer Janis Svanenbergs found the back of the net. Moscow got another tally from Yefim Mishkin and lost in the end 5-2 on the road.