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Last Junior Hockey League regular season gameday took place on March 5th with 12 Western Conference teams participating. We take a look at it in this daily review on JHL official website.
SKA-Varyagi, who had clinched the last available playoff berth the day before, weren’t as focused in their second game of the back-to-back series against Chayka Nizhny Novgorod. The visitors converted on their initial powerplay opportunity of the game – Ilya Ivanov found the back of the net. They doubled their lead eight minutes into the second period of play. SKA-Varyagi left the area in front of their net unattended and Denis Vengryzhanovsky score on his own rebound.
St. Petersburg got their only goal of the game late in the frame. Alexander Yevdokimov couldn’t stop a huge clapper by Nikita Kiryanov. However, there wasn’t to be a comeback in this one. The visitors soon restored the 2-goal margin as 17-year-old forward Nikita Shavin finished off a quick transition play. That was his third goal of the season. Chayka finish the season with a 3-1 win over one of playoff contenders.
JHC Spartak Moscow, who had beaten Russkie Vityazi 3-0 the day before, got a real run for their money this time around and lost their last game of the regular season. First period of play featured just one goal – Kirill Tagirov scored off omnipresent Mikhail Shalagin’s assist. Moscow Region team tied it up with Grigory Khrapsky’s marker. The visitors got in the lead late in the stanza as Damir Shirgaziyev found the back of the net.
Third frame turned out to be very high-scoring. Tagirov went on to score his second of the game and brought it back to even. However, Nikita Goncharov, who made his return to the lineup, put his team back in the lead. Maxim Tsyplakov’s penalty proved to be crucial as Maxim Rastvorov capitalized on it. Spartak got their third tally of the game in the last minute of regulation – Yegor Kruzhenkov got the tally. But that was as close as they could get. Russkie Vityazi win 4-3 on the road.
Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk played their last game of the season in Moscow and face the recently unstoppable Krasnaya Armiya. However, ‘army men’ had to work hard to win the first game of the back-to-back series. This time around Moscow scored three goals in the opening period of play, while the ‘Tigers’ had just one netted by Yegor Antonov. As for the home side, they had Danil Markus, Airat Zamaliev and Danila Khulapov fill the net. Krasnaya Armiya went on to dominate in the second frame as well but it had no effect on the scoreboard.
The visitors kept piling up penalty minutes and it had to show sooner or late. 11 minutes into the third stanza Danila Khulapov converted on yet another powerplay. Grigory Kolupayev replaced Artyom Martynov between the pipes for the final ten minutes of play, but home team solved him as well – Mikhail Mescheryakov scored Krasnaya Armiya’s last goal of the regular season. Moscow take it 6-1 on home ice.
Krylia Sovetov Moscow played their last game of the season against HC Kapitan Stupino. Home team had the momentum in their side in the opening period of play, while Stupino took just three shots on Danila Kadochnikov. ‘Soviet Wings’ finally broke the deadlock midway through the second period – Artyom Klavdiyev and Yefim Mishkin found the back of the net. Kapitan responded with a snipe by Denis Morozov and the teams headed to the dressing-rooms with Moscow having a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Same thing happened in the third stanza. Krylia Sovetov scored two more goals – Yegor Zudilov and Artyom Koksharov got the markers. The visitors got a tally from Grigory Ponkratov to set the final score. Krylia Sovetov Moscow finish the season with a 4-2 win on home ice.
Taifun Primorie Region and JHC Dynamo Moscow faced each other in their final game of the season. The visitors enjoyed a win in overtime the day before, and the second game of the back-to-back series proved to be just as competitive. The teams traded goals in the opening period of play – Mikhail Bitsadze scored for Dynamo, while Alexei Drobin got the equalizer. The game followed the same scenario in the second frame, although this time around it was Taifun who got in the lead as Danila Fyodorov found the back of the net and Dynamo brought it back to even – Ivan Didkovsky hit the target 10 minutes into the stanza.
Fyodor Moshkin gave Dynamo their second lead of the night early in the third period. Primorie Region swapped Vladislav Bulygin for Anton Borodkin and it worked for the visitors – Gleb Maltsev converted on Yegor Bryzgalov’s penalty. The game went to overtime and Andrei Pribylsky scored the winner for the blue-and-white.
In the final game of not only the day but the regular season HK Riga played hosts to Atlanty Moscow Region. While the first game of the back-to-back series between the two turned out to be a high-scoring affair, this time around the teams played with a lot more caution defensively and combined for no goals in the 60 minutes of regulation. One would think that the team would go guns a-blazing in the final game of the season but neither of the teams wanted to lose and it went to overtime.
However, the fans still had a fair bit of entertainment as Andrei Smirnov and Antons Trastasenkovs fought already in the opening period of play. Moscow Region team scored the game-winning goal early into overtime. Dmitry Silantyev, who leads Atlanty on scoring, scored the last goal of the regular season. Riga failed to get anything past Danila Fomin, who stopped all 36 shots he had to face.
Junior Hockey League regular season came to a close. 2019 Kharlamov Cup Playoffs kick off on March 9th.