About the League
Four regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on February 11th. Just as the day before, all of them were Eastern Conference matchups. We take a look at the gameday in this daily review on JHL official website.
The game in Magnitogorsk featured a team that hasn’t missed a post-season once in franchise history and a team that has long lost their last hope of making the playoffs this year. Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk opened up the scoring 12 minutes in. Konstantin Dubin beat two Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk defensemen, centered it to the slot from behind the net and Denis Baranov one-timed it home. ‘Steel Foxes’ went on to score three more goals in the second frame. Zakhar Zakharov, who had collected an assist on Magnitogorsk’s first tally of the game, got a marker of his own.
After a bout between Andrei Oleinikov and Anatoly Shishov, Yuri Platonov scored a shorthanded goal and then Pavel Dorofeyev sniped one top-shelf. In the final period of play Stalnye Lisy were limited to just a single tally – Dorofeyev scored his second of the game as he converted on a powerplay. Vladimir Kochetkov earned a shutout as he stopped all 32 shots he had to face.
Sarmaty Orenburg faced Snezhnye Barsy Astana on home ice. In case of loss in regulation, Sarmaty would lose their last hope of making the playoffs this year. Astana had the momentum on their side in the opening period of play, but allowed a goal first six minutes into the second. Orenburg converted on their initial powerplay opportunity of the night as Pavel Tkachkov sent it past Demid Yeremeyev. Kazakhstan team got a goal back before the intermission as Batyrlan Muratov found the back of the net.
The teams traded goal early in the third stanza. Viktor Khaimonenko scored for the home side, while Snezhnye Barsy got a tally from Artur Gatiyatov. Game-winning goal came in the last minute of regulation. Tkachkov got his second of the night with just 12 seconds remaining on the clock. With these two points, Sarmaty keep their flimsy playoff hopes alive.
Ladiya Togliatti went on the road to Khanty-Mansiysk and witnessed the whole might of Mamonty Yugry’s offense in the opening period of play. Artyom Zabrodin allowed three unanswered goals in the first 20 minutes of play – Nikita Chusovitin found the back of the net just two minutes in, then Alexander Belyayev converted on a breakaway and finally Danil Galeyev improved the lead to 3-0. Togliatti responded with a tally by Yegor Alexeyev four minutes into the second frame as he placed it past Konstantin Kuzmaul. The score remained unchanged in the final stanza. Mamonty Yugry did have to go the extra mile in this one and continue to sit on top of the Eastern Conference.
In the final game of the day Tyumensky Legion played hosts to Irbis Kazan. Both teams are desperate for points in their fierce race for the playoffs. The game was even in the opening period and it was the home side that broke the deadlock early in the second. Artyom Mutovin poked the puck into the back of the net after Maxim Bogdanov had taken a shot from the blue line. Kazan got back even soon after that – Danila Pyanov’s shot went in with a deflection.
Tyumensky Legion grabbed the lead again with six minutes remaining to play in the period. Maxim Bykov turned the puck over in a harmless-looking situation, Artyom Pylayev picked up the puck, broke away and beat Artur Akhtyamov. Irbis responded with a 2-on-0 rush right before the intermission and Alexander Zaitsev hit the twine. The game went to overtime and Tyumensky Legion managed to get the winner. Andrei Timofeyev sliced his way through two defensemen and found his target.