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10th Junior Hockey League season continued on March 25th with two quarterfinal games. Omskie Yastreby played hosts to Mamonty Yugry, who needed just one win to clinch the series.
Omskie Yastreby came out hard for the game. It wasn’t surprising as home side was pinned against the wall and faced elimination. Georgy Romanov got the nod for this one again, while Khanty-Mansiysk delegated Ilya Stupin to guard the net, just as they did the day before. Having survived the first few minutes, in which the ‘Hawks’ were buzzing, the visitors grabbed the momentum. Dmitry Burlutsky’s side got the first penalty of the game. Vladislav Katin got a minor penalty for slashing and home team pitched camp in the offensive end. The biggest scoring chance came with just a few seconds remaining to play in the period – Artyom Dmitrichev took a shot from point-blank range, trying to bury the rebound on a long shot but the puck sailed wide of the net.
Second period of play began with almost the same scenario. After Mamonty Yugry got their fifth man back out on the ice, they began spending more time next to Romanov’s net. Scoring chances were sparse as there were a lot of physical battles. Khanty-Mansiysk put together a great play. Sergei Golodnyuk shoved his way to Romanov with defenseman on his back but ended up in the back of the net himself instead of the puck. Late in the frame Omskie Yastreby got their first penalty of the game and the ‘Mammoths’ converted on it. A quick passing play led to Sergei Golodnyuk passing it to the far post to Stepan Grymzin, who tapped it into the wide open cage – Romanov couldn’t slide there in time and Khanty-Mansiysk went up 1-0. Down by a goal after 40 minutes of play, Omskie Yastreby truly had to nothing to lose.
The Hawks came out hot for the third stanza as well and this time they manage to capitalize. It seemed that another offensive rush by Omsk was going to lead to nothing but the puck squirted to the middle of the ice and Kirill Spitsenko fired it home to make it a 1-1 hockey game. Driven by that success Omskie Yastreby rushed down the ice again and almost got in the lead in the very next shift – chaos broke out in the slot but nobody could poke the loose puck into the net. With five minutes on the clock, the ‘Hawks’ did get in the lead – this time Alexei Zubov found an opening between Stupin and the post with a long-range shot. In a few moments Yegor Chinakhov got in on a breakaway but couldn’t put it past the goaltender. Nevertheless, home team still managed to win the game by a narrow margin. Omskie Yastreby win 2-1 and the series will now move back to Khanty-Mansiysk for deciding Game 5.