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10th Junior Hockey League season continued on March 25th with two Game 4s of the quarterfinal round. Avto remained in Ufa and were one win away from clinching the series. The game lasted for over six periods, which set a new JHL record.
Tolpar Ufa faced Avto Yekaterinburg in Game 4 of the series and for the second time on home ice. Yekaterinburg won the day before in hard-fought fashion and were one win away from clinching the series. Ufa began the game more aggressively, forcing the opposition to take penalties and converted on their initial powerplay opportunity of the game. Semyon Perelyayev spent just a minute in the penalty box as Ildar Abdeyev rifled one past Vladimir Galkin off Anton Pachin’s assist. Soon after that Daniil Skorikov got a 10-minute misconduct on top of a 2-minute minor for checking to the head but this around home team managed to survive it. However, when Rodion Amirov got a penalty, Maxim Sedov tied the game up.
Next period of play began with Tolpar scoring their second goal of the game – Denis Nikulin put his team back in the lead just three minutes in. Amirov made up for getting Avto into trouble after that. As Yekaterinburg rushed into the offensive end, Pavel Shen and the very same Pachin put a few passes together to set up Amirov for a shot from point-blank range – Galkin couldn’t do anything about it. Yekaterinburg brought the game back to within one late in the period as they converted on yet another powerplay – Denis Nikulin got a minor for cross-checking. This time Kirill Tyutyayev sniped one past Dmitry Braginsky to make it a 3-2 after 40 minutes of play.
Early in the third stanza Ufa did their best to restore the 2-goal margin but Avto defense and Galkin played solid hockey and patiently waited for a chance to strike and once they got it – it didn’t go waste. A long possession play led to a chaos in the slot. Denis Yerkin pounced on the loose puck and shoved it into the back of the net to find himself buried under the pile of his teammates – 3-3. The price of mistake skyrocketed again and the teams spent the remainder of the third period taking care of their defensive ends.
Tolpar had the momentum in the first overtime and spent some time on a powerplay, but the visitors once again were solid defensively and despite the fatigue, forechecked rather high up the ice, and at times gave Braginsky work to do. Ufa got a minor penalty in the second period but still outshot the opposition by the end of it. At that time the record for the longest game in the history of Junior Hockey League belonged to Irbis Kazan and Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk set in 2017. Back then the game-winning goal came 119 minutes and 59 seconds into the game – in the dying split second of the sixth overtime. Avto and Tolpar were just 20 minutes away from beating the record and that’s exactly what they did. Pavel Voronkov won the game and the series for Yekaterinburg. Home team forward stopped the time at 122 minutes and 54 seconds. It was the longest game in the history of the league!