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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.
Loko Yaroslavl beat Mamonty Yugry for the second time, got their second lead of the series and were just one win away from clinching their second consecutive finals coming into this one.
Georgy Ivanov forced Khanty-Mansiysk get a penalty in the opening minute of play and the visitors had to kill off four minutes. Yaroslavl pitched camp in the offensive zone but couldn’t create any great trouble for Konstantin Kuzmaul. Home team almost got one past him late in the period. Ilya Mironov took a shot from prime real estate but the puck whistled over the net. The ‘railway men’ got two consecutive penalties after that, which is strongly advised against in the playoffs. Mamonty Yugry got a 2-man advantage and capitalized on it – Kirill Popov found his target. Yaroslavl got another penalty in the last minute of the stanza for too many men on the ice and it spilled into the second frame.
Second period began with a few offensive rushes by Mamonty Yugry but then home team got their fifth man back out on the ice and swung the momentum around. Grigory Denisenko beat the goaltender from the slot and yet missed the net. Alexander Daryin got in on a breakaway but this time Kuzmaul was up for the task. Daryin wasted another scoring chance soon after that but then Yaroslavl found the equalizer – the puck got stuck at the goal-line as it deflected of Nikita Gromov’s skate and Nikolai Kovalenko pushed it into the back of the net. The play was video reviewed but the goal still counted. Late in the period home team got a powerplay opportunity and Kovalenko scored his second of the game in front of his father, who was watching the game from the stands. Nikita Gromov sniped another one on the far-side but he was just a split-second late as the buzzer had already gone off. 2-1 after 40 minutes of play.
Ilya Loza got a penalty early in the third frame, but Loko failed to convert on it. Having wasted the chance, Yaroslavl got another minor for too many men on the ice and this time around Khanty-Mansiysk made them pay for that – Sergei Golodnyuk found his target. ‘Railway men’ got in the lead in the very next shift – a wide passing play and Kirill Slepets tapped it home off Maxim Denezhkin’s assist. Late in regulation Alexander Daryin and Sergei Telegin got into a fight. After both teams went back to playing full-strength, Mamonty Yugry went for one final push but home team managed to survive it and made Kharlamov Cup Finals for the second consecutive time.