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Just two regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on February 10th. Sibirskie Snaipery faced Sputnik, while Reaktor went on the road to Novokuznetsk. We take a look at both matchups in this daily review on JHL official website.
Sibirskie Snaipery, who desperately need points to get into playoff zone, faced Sputnik Almetyevsk for the second consecutive time. The day before Almetyevsk were limited to just a single goal but it proved to be enough for the win as they blanked the opposition. Second game of the back-to-back series got off a to shaky start because the teams piled up penalty minutes. Novosibirsk managed to solve Adel Minegaliev nine minutes in – Nikita Chelbayev got the tally, while Ilya Pastukhov and Dmitry Ovchinnikov picked the assists.
The teams spent almost half of the next period either on a powerplay or shorthanded but that didn’t affect anything on the scoreboard. Almetyevsk had the momentum on their side in the third period of play but Vladislav Scherbakov stood on his head and didn’t let the visitors get the equalizer. Nikita Shashkov put an end to Sputnik’s hopes as he improved the lead to 2-0. Scherbakov went on to post 38 saves for a shutout win.
Reaktor Nizhnekamsk went on the road to Novokuznetsk this weekend and enjoyed their second consecutive win over local Kuznetskie Medvedi in a hard-fought game. Nizhnekamsk opened up the scoring 11 minutes in – Andrei Chivilev sent it past Yan Sinkevich. Novokuznetsk fans had to wait till early moments of the third period to see their team bring it back to even – Alexander Makarevich buried the rebound from the right face-off circle just when Dinar Khairullov was about to exit the penalty box.
Home team failed to hang on to the tie – Timur Khafizov scored the game-winning goal 11 minutes into the third stanza. Novokuznetsk pulled their goaltender for the extra-attacker late in regulation but it didn’t change anything. With this 2-1 win on the road Vyacheslav Kastakin’s men now sit comfortably in the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference.