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Eight regular season games took place in Parimatch Junior Hockey League. We take a look at Thursday action in this review.
Chayka Nizhny Novgorod played hosts to Kuznetskie Medvedi, who continue to struggle in the East. Despite getting three power play opportunities in the opening period, the visitors failed to capitalize on either of them. Just as Nizhny Novgorod patched up their discipline issues, they began scoring. Denis Davydov and Danila Platonov found the back of the net a minute apart. Late in the period home team had to kill off another penalty and early into the third stanza Grigory Rudakov got a goal back for the ‘Bears’.
However, that was the only goal Novokuznetsk could get in this one. Platonov converted on yet another power play and after the visitors pulled their netminder for the extra-attacker, Igor Muzhikov scored on the empty net. Chayka get an important 4-1 win on home ice.
Second game of the day was held at the brand new arena of central complex Avangard hockey academy in Omsk, which opened its doors for the first time. Tyumensky Legion challenge Omskie Yastreby at their new rink. Home team didn’t disappoint its fans, although the game turned out to be rather intense. The fans weren’t treated to any goals in the first period but the ‘Hawks’ got on the board nine minutes into the second – Artyom Murylyov got the marker.
The ‘Legion’ had several power play opportunities and yet failed to get anything past Georgy Dubrovsky. As for the home side, they got another tally – 11 minutes into the third stanza Ilya Chernikov found his target. Dubrovsky stopped all 25 shots he had to face for a shutout and Omskie Yastreby celebrated moving to a new home with a victory.
Another shutout win was registered in Kazan where Irbis scored three unanswered goals against Sibirskie Snaipery. The visitors played well but didn’t convert on several good scoring chances and fell apart in the second period as all goals were scored over the stretch.
First Denis Komkov capitalized on a power play attempt and six minutes later Adel Bulatov doubled the lead. Late in the period Artur Brovkin essentially set the final score. Novosibirsk grabbed the momentum in the third stanza, but Artur Akhtyamov didn’t feel like giving up the shutout. Akhtyamov went on to stop 24 shots and played a huge role in his team’s success.
Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk have been amazing recently and for the first time in franchise history came to Khanty-Mansiysk as a leader. Mamonty Yugry currently struggle as the team is going through rebuilding phase and this game was another evidence of that. Andrei Lagunov hit the twine just 20 seconds past the opening face-off. Soon after that the ‘Mammoths’ went down 2-man and German Shaporev doubled the lead for Kazakhstan team.
Five minutes into the second frame Shaporev scored his second of the game and forced home team’s coaching staff swap their netminders – Timur Meidei relieved Konstantin Kuzmaul in goal. In the last minutes of the period Denis Budenchuk scored on Meidel as well further improving the lead for Ust-Kamenogorsk. Only after Lagunov got his second tally of the game as well, did Mamonty Yugry get their first and only marker – their top-scorer Ivan Savchik got the goal. Altay win 5-1 on the road.
Sputnik Almetyevsk played hosts to Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk, who haven’t been awfully consistent lately. Regardless of the fact, Magnitogorsk is always a force to be reckoned with and they enjoyed a win in this hard-fought game. After a close game in the opening period Rail Sharipov let Almetyevsk down as he got a 10-minute misconduct for checking to the head.
The visitors passed it around for a long time on the ensuing power play but got what they were looking for in the end – Edgar Varagyan got the tally.Early in the second frame the ‘Steel Foxes’ got another one past Rail Nasyrov – this time Semyon Buyvan bubbled the net. Midway through the third stanza Almetyevsk got a goal back as Vyacheslav Kolesnikov found his target that was all Eduard Dmitriyev’s men could achieve. Their final push led to nothing and Magnitogorsk won 2-1 on the road.
Sarmaty Orenburg, who have just sensationally stopped Tolpar Ufa’s winning streak, beat another top team of the Eastern Conference as Avto Yekaterinburg came to town. Orenburg dominated in the opening period of action and they got on the board shortly before the intermission. Ivan Ukolov scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal. The visitors grabbed the momentum in the second period and spent five minutes on a power play after Evgeny Burlak got a major penalty, but it changed nothing on the scoreboard.
The game evened out in the third stanza but Sarmaty defense led by Anton Borodkin once again blanked the opposition. Home team netminder stopped 29 shots and Orenburg didn’t allow a single goal for the second consecutive game.
Almaz faced their arch-rivals and reigning champions Loko Yaroslavl in Cherepovets. Yaroslavl had two power play opportunities in the opening period and scored the first goal of the game – Maxim Beryozkin got it over the goal-line 17 minutes in off assists by Daniil Gutik and Yeremey Shunilin. The visitors took twice as many shots as Cherepovets in the second frame and doubled their lead as Pavel Tyutnev found the back of the net.
Seven minutes into the third stanza top-scoring ‘railway man’ Yegor Manin improved the lead to 3-0 for Loko but Almaz finally managed to solve Vladislav Okoryak – Yegor Chizhikov got the tally. Cherepovets couldn’t get anything else as Yaroslavl protected the lead and won 3-1.
Last game of the day was held in St. Petersburg. The day before JHC Spartak Moscow ended SKA-1946 St. Petersburg’s 22-game winning streak. ‘Army men’ came out hard for the second game of the back-to-back series and scored three goals in the opening period past Matvey Botov – Dmitry Semykin, Nikolai Polyakov and Ilya Rychkov got the tallies. Late in the period Maxim Krovyakov fired another one home from mid-range to improve the lead to 4-0.
Late in the second frame Ilya Altybarmakyan broke into the zone and took a quick shot through a screen just inside the post to make it a 5-0 hockey game. It’s hard to imagine if any Spartak fans expected their team to come back from that but they did get a consolation goal – Nikita Borodayenko scored late in regulation. SKA-1946 win 5-1 on home ice.