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Junior Hockey League presents 2019 Kharlamov Cup Semifinals matchups. Western Conference champions SKA-1946 St. Petersburg beat SKA-Varyagi and Almaz to meet Avto Yekaterinburg, who defeated Snezhnye Barsy Astana and Tolpar Ufa.
SKA-1946 won Western Conference title and made it to Kharlamov Cup Semifinals for the second consecutive time. Unlike Loko Yaroslavl, ‘army men’ lost one game in this post-season run and had a very tough series against Almaz Cherepovets. After an astonishing comeback in the opening round against Krasnaya Armiya Moscow, Cherepovets players were confident of their abilities and were ready to give last season’s silver medalists a run for their money. Especially, given the fact Almaz beat SKA-1946 in the last two playoff games between the teams.
This time Cherepovets lost three consecutive bouts but all of them were thrillers. It’s especially true for the first two games in St. Petersburg, both of which went to the shootout. Almaz trailed in both games but managed to find late equalizers. Dying minutes of Game 2 were very exciting as Nikita Kolesnikov tied it up 2-2 with just six seconds remaining on the clock. However, St. Petersburg won twice in the shootout and then blew past the opposition 5-0 in Cherepovets.
Nikita Lysenkov is still the top goaltender of the 46’s, while Ivan Morozov leads all forwards in points with two goals and six assists. Notably, only one St. Petersburg player has more than two goals and it’s defenseman Oleg Kholodenin as he has three tallies to his name.
Avto had a much bumpier ride to the semifinals. Yekaterinburg beat Snezhnye Barsy Astana in four games in the opening round of the playoffs. Vitaly Solovyov’s men went on to defeat Tolpar Ufa in the quarterfinals. The series was also four games long and one to remember. Tolpar won the first game in Yekaterinburg, blanking Avto 3-0. Game 2 featured no goals in either regulation or overtime. Only in the shootout did Maxim Sedov manage to get one past Dmitry Braginsky to tie the series.
Game 3 was held in Ufa and Avto enjoyed a narrow 2-1 win, paving the way to a really exciting Game 4. Tolpar had a 1-0 and 3-1 leads but the visitors managed to bring it back to even in the third period of play. It took the teams over three overtimes to finally find the game-winning goal. Only early in the fourth overtime Avto forward Pavel Voronkov found the back of the net to send his team to the Kharlamov Cup Semifinals. The marker came at 122 minutes and 56 seconds since the puckdrop. It was the longest game in the 10-year history of Junior Hockey League.
Vladimir Galkin was Avto’s starting netminder in all eight post-season games and there’s no reason to believe that it’s going to change in the semifinal round. Kirill Tyutyayev led the team in regular season scoring and has been just as productive in the playoffs. He has three goals and six assists for nine points. Game 4 hero Voronkov is just one point behind and followed by Maxim Rasseikin who has six. Defenseman Alexander Sevostyanov has a goal and three assists for four points.
SКА-1946 St. Petersburg
2018/19 season: 64 games, 44 regulations wins, 1 shootout win, 5 overtime wins, 9 regulation losses, 4 shootout losses, 1 overtime loss. 105 points, finishes 1st in the Western Conference.
Goals: 230 for, 112 against.
Top-scorer: Alexei Ozhgikhin – 51 (26 goals, 25 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Alexei Ozhgikhin – 26 goals
Most assists: Alexei Ozhgikhin – 25 assists
Top defenseman: Daniil Barinov – 24 (4 goals, 20 assists) points, plus-24
Starting goaltender: Nikita Lysenkov – 47 games, 33 wins, Goals Against Average – 1.77, Save Percentage – 0.931
2018/19 season: 60 games, 40 regulation wins, 1 shootout win, 1 overtime win, 14 regulation losses, 3 shootout losses, 3 overtime losses. 88 points, finished 2nd in the Eastern Conference.
Goals: 188 for, 111 against.
Top-scorer: Kirill Tyutyayev – 60 (19 goals, 41 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Ilya Zakharov – 23 goals
Most assists: Kirill Tyutyayev – 41 assists
Top defenseman: Daniil Zaitsev – 15 (6 goals, 9 assists) points, plus-16
Starting goaltender: Vladimir Galkin – 44 games, 31 wins, Goals Against Average – 1.48, Save Percentage – 0.944
October 15th, 2010. St. Petersburg: SКА-1946 4-1 Avto
February 29th, 2012. St. Petersburg: SКА-1946 5-2 Avto