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Four regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on February 5th. Just as the day before, all of them were Western Conference matchups. We take a look at them in this daily review on JHL official website.
The gameday kicked off in Russian Far East – Taifun Primorie Region played hosts to Atlanty Moscow Region at Fetisov-Arena. The visitors theoretically still had a chance of making the playoffs this year, but it would be stripped from them in case of loss. Perhaps, that spiked them up. Despite allowing a goal first – Ivan Lapshin put Taifun in the lead six minutes in – Vladimir Potapov’s men tied it up and grabbed the lead before the first intermission – Damir Bilyalov and Nikolai Tsaryov found the back of the net.
Sergei Goncharuk sent Vladislav Bulygin to the bench early in the second period of play. Anton Borodkin took his place between the pipes and that gave Taifun some energy – Pavel Ponosov brought it back to even off Lapshin’s assist. However, Moscow Region’s conversion rate was stellar – Nikita Miller made it a 4-2 game a little later in the period, which was followed by Tsaryov’s second of the game late in regulation. Atlanty take it 5-2 on the road.
Another team from Russian Far East enjoyed a win over Chayka Nizhny Novgorod. Both teams are certain to miss the playoffs this year so they played only for their honor. Khabarovsk did better at that. They were up by two goals after the opening period of play as Andrei Misko and Bat Gendunov found the back of the net. Only after Amurskie Tigry’s top-scorer Evgeny Babushkin improved the lead to 3-0, did Nizhny Novgorod get on the board as well – Sergei Tumanov got one in just 20 seconds later.
HC Kapitan Stupino faced Russkie Vityazi in a Moscow Region Rivalry. The visitors got off to a great start as Danila Moiseyev and Damir Shirgaziyev got a tally each past Artyom Mikhailov. Stupino responded with a powerplay marker by Mikhail Gordeyev, who converted on Russkie Vityazi’s initial penalty of the game. The teams traded goals in the second period of play – Shirgaziyev and Gordeyev both got their second goals of the night.
Stupino managed to turn things around in the third stanza. Georgy Merkulov made it a 3-3 hockey game and Yuri Kozhukhov scored the game-winning goal with just five minutes remaining to play in regulation. With these two points Kapitan are now just a stone’s throw away from JHC Spartak Moscow, who sit 9th in the Western Conference.
Last game of the day took place in St. Petersburg where SKA-Varyagi entertained JHC Spartak Moscow. Neighbors in the standings do their best in the race for the playoffs and Lev Berdichevsky’s men did well in the opening period of play. First Nikolai Polyakov beat Andrei Skovronsky in the slot and soon after that Grigory Gryaznov sniped one home from the left wing.
Artyom Pivovar got a goal back for Spartak early in the second frame but the ‘army men’ weren’t fazed by that – Kirill Tankov and Ivan Morozov got a tally each to strengthen the lead. Four goals was more than enough to get a win in this. Spartak got another goal from Mikhail Shalagin but it didn’t change much on the scoreboard. SKA-Varyagi win 4-2 on home ice.