About the League
Seven regular season games took place in Parimatch Junior Hockey League. We take a look at all Wednesday matchups in this review.
In the second game of the back-to-back Green Rivalry series Tolpar Ufa faced Irbis Kazan and home side prevailed once again, although they had to work hard for it. Kazan scored first – six minutes into the game Kirill Mukhin sniped one past Alexander Kuleshov. Tolpar leveled it soon enough as Ildar Gazimov found the back of the net. The teams traded goals once again in the second frame. Irbis scored first once again – Adel Bulatov got the marker.
Ufa responded with a goal by Mikhail Kozlov and the teams headed to the dressing-rooms tied 2-2 after 40 minutes of play. Key moment of the game came four minutes into the third stanza. Sergei Safin-Tregubov, who had picked up an assist earlier, registered another helper as Yegor Sychkov scored the winner. Kazan did their best to find the equalizer but they ran into a penalty problem late in regulation. Tolpar take this one 3-2 on home ice.
Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk played hosts to Tyumensky Legion for the second consecutive time. This time the visitors scored first – Evgeny Volkov buried the rebound on Alexander Golovin’s shot. Home team scored in the dying moments of the period – 16-year-old rookie Mikhail Goryunov-Rolgizer the tally to improve his streak to two games. Chelyabinsk dominated in the following period – Vladislav Yermokhin, Artyom Udot and Danil Zinovyev made it a 4-1 hockey game after 40 minutes of play.
The score remained unchanged in the third stanza. Having established a 3-goal lead, ‘Polar Bears’ focused on defense, taking rare shots on Boris Solomatin, who made his way onto the ice for the second time in the season. Final buzzer went off while Belye Medvedi were mid-rush. Tyumensky Legion lose their fifth consecutive game.
Omskie Yastreby continued their stay in Magnitogorsk and once again got on the board first as they capitalized on their initial powerplay attempt of the game – Semyon Astashevsky found the back of the net, while Yegor Chinakhov and Alexander Yaremchuk picked up the assists. Stalnye Lisy got back even early in the second period. Yuri Platonov scored a beauty with a marvelous backhand shot as he pocketed it 5-hole on Nikita Dianov. The ‘Hawks’ stormed down the ice midway through the period on an odd-man rush but Nikolai Shashkov came out on top.
Third period of action featured a lot of goals. Ruslan Gospodynko finished off a tic-tac-toe play. Omsk tied it up with a tally by Yegor Chinakhov but that was their last goal of the game. Alexei Sakharov gave Stalnye Lisy their first lead of the night and Vadim Antipin secured the win with an empty-netter late in regulation. ‘Steel Foxes’ win 4-2 on home ice.
Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk and Sibirskie Snaipery went up against each other again. First game of the back-to-back series ended with a mass brawl and a total of 258 penalty minutes. It seemed that everybody learned their lesson, except for one of the top Novosibirsk players Mikhail Romayev, who was tossed from the game for boarding late in the opening period. Despite the fact, the visitors got on the board with 19 seconds remaining on the clock – Makar Nikishanin got the marker. Sibirskie Snaipery got another late goal in the second as no other but Nikishanin converted on a 2-on-1 rush.
Altay came out hard for the third stanza and managed to get back even – Stas Petrosyan received a diagonal pass from Ivan Komarovsky and one-timed it home. Three minutes later Nikita Nazarov found Artyom Ipatov in the slot and he tied it up 2-2. The game went to the shootout and home team prevailed. Nazarov scored the shootout-winner.
Kuznetskie Medvedi faced Snezhnye Barsy in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. First minutes of the opening period featured only several penalties from both sides and when the teams went back to playing full-strength Artyom Morozov put it past Maxim Pavlenko. Early in the second frame Morozov scored his second of the game. Home team responded only 13 minutes into the stanza as Oleg Boyko found the back of the net. However, the teams headed to the dressing-rooms for the second intermission with Novokuznetsk leading by a goal – Mikhail Frostov got the late tally.
Early in the third period Snezhnye Barsy gave up another goal – Andrei Sokolov made it a 4-1 hockey game. The ‘Bears’ focused on defense after that and let the opposition get in close. Dias Guseynov and Vladislav Sayko brought it back to a 1-goal differential but Snezhnye Barsy failed to find the equalizer. Kuznetskie Medvedi win their second game in a row and this time enjoy it in regulation.
Avto went up against Chayka Nizhny Novgorod in Yekaterinburg and this time around it was the visitors who beat last season’s runners-up. Most events of the game took place in the opening period of action. Danila Platonov picked up the puck in the first minute and sent it past Mikhail Isayev. 10 minutes later Nizhny Novogorod skated up the ice for a counter-attack and Andrei Panchuk improved the lead to 2-0.
Home team responded soon after that with a tally by Sergei Sibiryakov who was left all alone in the slot and beat Yegor Gromovik from point-blank range. Next tally came only in the third stanza. Artemy Mutovin fired one on net and the puck hit a defenseman’s skate. Mutovin didn’t hesitate and beat Isayev 5-hole on the follow-up chance. Nizhny Novgorod win 3-1 on the road.
Just as the day before, the gameday ended with a bout between two St. Petersburg teams – SKA-Varyagi battled JHC Dynamo. The visitors managed to get a lead in the opening period, which featured two evenly matched teams. Gleb Shaborshin passed it to the middle of the ice for Pyotr Yakovlev, who whistled a one-timer past Kirill Obyskalov. Dynamo had the puck more often in the second frame and took more shots but Varyagi had the best scoring chances forcing Makar Chufarov make huge saves.
However, Dynamo netminder let nothing past him. As for the visitors they did double their lead and they did shorthanded. Maxim Petrov intercepted a pass and scored from the slot. Dynamo win 2-0, while Chufarov finished the game with 25 saves en route to a shutout.