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Two Game 4s of the 2019 Kharlamov Cup Semifinals took place in Junior Hockey League’s 10th season on April 5th.
SKA-1946 St. Petersburg were facing elimination and had to beat Avto in Yekaterinburg to force Game 5.
‘Army men’ came out hard right out of the gate and took a few shots on Vladimir Galkin. Home team calmly survived it and made Alexei Melnichuk, who had replaced Nikita Lysnekov in goal, make several stops as well. Tight battles at the boards were followed by occasional shots. Timur Ibragimov, who was forgotten by defense in the slot, had a good scoring chance but he was absolutely robbed by Galkin. Yekaterinburg opened up the scoring 11 minutes in. Avto players won the face-off, retrieved the puck and put it in the slot. Ilya Zakharov and Denis Yerkin battled for it in front of the net and the latter shoved the biscuit in. Home team had to kill off a penalty after that and they got really lucky on one occasion as the puck slid along the goal-line after Danila Galenyuk’s shot. Pavel Kukshtel got a minor penalty late in the frame and SKA-1946 had to begin the following stanza shorthanded.
Having killed off the penalty, the visitors grabbed the momentum and presented Galkin with a ton of work. A few shifts later they brought the game back to even. Galkin couldn’t hold on to the puck and it ricocheted in right under the bar. The teams traded powerplay opportunities after that – Arseny Brinkman got a minor on St. Petersburg, while Yekaterinburg delegated Semyon Perelyayev to the sin-bin. Melnichuk had to make several huge stops at even-strength, as Pavel Voronkov, Konstantin Suslov and Daniil Valitov had scoring chances. The visitors got in the lead after the halfway mark of the period. SKA-1946 pushed the opposition to their net and Galkin couldn’t react to Evgeny Kalabushkin’s shot, who made it a 2-1 hockey game. Late in the period Semyon Perelyayev gave in to his emotions and Avto had to spend the remainder of the frame shorthanded.
Early in the third stanza Yekaterinburg showed more will than skill. Home team was making a lot of mistakes and when Vladislav Syomin got a 2-minute minor for boarding, they couldn’t find the equalizer. As for SKA-1946, they scored their third of the night. Galkin stopped a shot on the initial rush but he couldn’t do anything about Anton Bogatsky burying the rebound. The visitors improved their lead to 4-1 - Kirill Petkov sent Galkin to the bench as he got replaced by Mikhail Isayev. The visitors scored on him soon enough as well. Kirill Marchenko further improved the lead with just six minutes remaining to play in regulation. A mass brawl broke out a few minutes later and both penalty boxes got crammed. ‘Army men’ ended up having a powerplay after that and Marchenko scored his second of the game, thus setting the final score. SKA-1946 enjoy a solid 6-1 win on the road and the series moves back to St. Petersburg for deciding Game 5.