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Four regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on February 9th. All of them were Eastern Conference matchups. We take a look at the gameday in this daily review on JHL official website.
The gameday kicked off in Novosibirsk where local Sibirskie Snaipery, who desperately need points to make the playoffs, played hosts to Sputnik Almetyevsk – a team that strives for points to keep their post-season berth. In the end it was a sole goal that proved to be the difference in this one and it came in the last minute of the second period. Mikhail Romayev took a fateful penalty for Sibirskie Snaipery as he got a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for checking to the head.
Alexei Barkhatkin scored the game-winning goal on the ensuing powerplay. Almetyevsk stocked up their defense in the final period of play and took just four shots on Vladislav Scherbakov in the 20 minutes. The visitors pulled through and Adel Minegaliev earned a shutout with 30 saves. Sputnik Almetyevsk remained amongst the Top-8 teams of the Eastern Conference.
Reaktor Nizhnekamsk are doing their best to solidify their position in the playoff zone and they took a step in the right direction as they enjoyed a win against Kuznetskie Medvedi in a hard-fought road game. All of the goals took place in the third period. Novokuznetsk got a penalty shot called against them in the opening stanza but Danil Mikhailov failed to capitalize on the opportunity to put Nizhnekamsk on the board. Reaktor finally broke the deadlock four minutes into the third period of play – Artyom Golubovich beat Yan Sinkevich.
After Maxim Polkin improved the lead for the visitors, the ‘Bears’ brought it back to a 1-goal differential as Mikhail Frostov found the back of the net. However, Timur Khafizov made it 3-1 hockey game less than a minute later. Kuznetskie Medvedi went on to score another one in the last minute of regulation but they failed to force overtime. Reaktor enjoy a well-deserved 3-2 win on the road.
Avto Yekaterinburg wasted their chance to get closer to Mamonty Yugry, who currently top the Eastern Conference, as Vitaly Solovyov’s men lost on home ice to Omskie Yastreby. The ‘Hawks’ enjoyed a win in hard-fought fashion. Pavel Voronkov tipped the puck home from the slot on Ivan Petrakov’s shotearly in the second period of play. The visitors got back even five minutes later as Alexander Yaremchuk put his individual skill on display – the forward burned past every defenseman on his way and sent it in with a backhand shot.
Ilya Ovchinnikov’s penalty turned out to be one of the key moments of the game as Pavel Yelizarov converted on the ensuing powerplay with a huge clapper from the blue line to put Omskie Yastreby in the lead. Home team rushed down the ice looking for the equalizer but the ‘Hawks’ were ready for that turn of events. 11 minutes into the third stanza Maxim Melnikov sniped it past Vladimir Galkin on the far side. Semyon Astashevsky set the final score in the final minute of regulation as he hit the empty cage. Omskie Yastreby take it 4-1 on the road.
Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk are another Eastern Conference team who are doing their best to remain in playoff position. Chelyabinsk hit the ice against Tolpar Ufa, who have already clinched the post-season. The visitors won the opening period of play 2-1 – Danila Zinovyev and Maxim Shabanov scored for the ‘Polar Bears’, while Pavel Sinyavsky netted one for Tolpar. Ivan Shiryayev sent another one past Dmitry Sharov three minutes into the second frame but Nikita Goloschapov brought it back to a 1-goal differential before the intermission.
Home team went on to level it in the third stanza – Viktor Vasiliev sent the game to overtime. Evgeny Kobyakov shot his team in the foot in the extra period – Vladimir Yershov capitalized on the ensuing powerplay and won it for Tolpar.