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Four regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on February 4th. All of them were Western Conference matchups. We take a look at them in this daily review on JHL official website.
Krasnaya Armiya and JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg engaged in another hard-fought game in Moscow. The visitors, who had clinched the playoffs the day before, opened up the scoring nine minutes in – Ivan Vasin sent one past Dmitry Lozebnikov. ‘Army men’ managed not only find the equalizer in the second period of play but also get in the lead. Nikita Dolgopyatov scored three minutes into the frame and then 17-year-old Alexander Chyorny beat Kirill Ustimenko.
Kirill Goloschapov’s minor did good for the home side as Dynamo focused on converting on the powerplay and got caught on a counter-attack – Yegor Filin broke away and scored a shorthanded goal to Krasnaya Armiya up 3-1. Dynamo still capitalized on the powerplay – Kristian Afanasyev buried the rebound on Anton Nazarevich’s shot. St. Petersburg kept the pressure on but got a few untimely penalties and lost their rhythm. Lozebnikov made a few huge saves late in regulation and Krasnaya Armiya got their revenge for losing the day before as they beat Dynamo 3-2 on home ice.
Defending Kharlamov Cup champions Loko faced Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang in Yaroslavl. ‘Railway men’ knew they would clinch the playoffs if they win the game, but it took them a while to open scoring – only early in the second period of play Danil Gizatullin took a shot and buried his own rebound from the slot. Maxim Beryozkin scored a beauty three minutes later as he skated to the slot and backhanded it home. Maxim Denezhkin pounced on the rebound off the end-boards and found his target late in the frame to improve the lead to 3-0.
Anton Lukichyov scored another one early in the third stanza. And there was no stopping Loko after that. A few minutes later another defenseman found the back of the net – Daniil Misyul fired it home from the blue line. Soon after that Denezhkin got his second of the game to make it a 6-0 hockey game, ending the night for goaltender Paris O’Brien, who was replaced by Filip Krasanovsky. Yaroslavl scored on him as well – Alexander Daryin and Timur Akhunov got a tally each late in regulation. Anton Vinogradov enjoyed a shutout win and Loko Yaroslavl officially clinched a playoff berth.
JHC Dynamo Moscow played hosts to the top team of the Western Conference SKA St. Petersburg in Dmitrov. The teams were evenly matched in the opening period of play and Dynamo managed to convert on their initial powerplay opportunity of the game – Andrei Pribylsky beat Maxim Gibadullin. Shortly after that Yegor Gurzanov got a double minor and home team made the most out of it – Yegor Bryzgalov and Denis Tolpegin got a powerplay tally each.
When Vladislav Mikhailov improved the lead to 4-0, a huge brawl broke out on the ice next to Dynamo’s net and even goaltender Dimitry Rayko participated in it. Daniil Shabarov got a goal back for St. Petersburg before the second intermission but that was all the visitors could get in this one. Home team played well defensively in the third stanza and ended SKA-1946’s 12-game winning streak.
Last game of the day took place in Pinki, Latvia where HK Riga faced Krylia Sovetov Moscow. First period of play featured only a string of penalties but the teams opened scoring in the second frame. The visitors got two past Niklavs Rauza in a span of just over two minutes – Krylia Sovetov top-scorer Yefim Mishkin got both of the markers. Riga converted on Maxim Vyatkin’s minor late in the period – Patriks Zabusovs got a goal back.
Early in the third stanza Richards Grinbergs scored at even strength to tie the game up. That goal sent it to overtime. Extra period solved nothing, so the game went to the shootout and ‘Soviet Wings’ prevailed in it. Nikita Kizikov scored the winner.