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Seven regular season games took place in Parimatch Junior Hockey League on November 16th. We take a look at Saturday action in this review.
The gameday kicked off at Fetisov-Arena in Vladivostok where Taifun Primorie Region played hosts to JHC Spartak Moscow. The red-and-white are among top Western Conference teams, while Taifun came into the game just a few points shy of the playoff zone. There was no scoring in the opening period of play but Vladivostok looked a better team in comparison with Spartak, who were jet-lagged after a long overnight flight. The game followed the same scenario in the second period. The visitors had a power play opportunity but Dmitry Kulikov and former Spartak netminder Yegor Sinegubkin were on top of their game.
Third stanza was crucial in this one. Seven minutes into it Taifun opened up the scoring a few moments after they went back to playing full strength. Ivan Mikheyev found the back of the net. Spartak created a few long passing plays but Sinegubkin had his sights on the shutout. He went on to stop 27 shots en route to a shutout win. In the last minutes of regulation Ivan Lapshin scored on the empty net to bag it. Taifun win 2-0 on home ice.
Mamonty Yugry got off to a confident start. Khanty-Mansiysk established a comfortable 2-goal lead by the midway point of the first period as Vasily Atanasov scored a pair. Nevertheless, it took home team just ten minutes to get back even. Vadim Zakhmarevich scored before the intermission, while Kirill Shumilov sent it past Konstantin Kuzmaul just a minute into the second stanza.
The teams traded leads throughout the game. The ‘Mammoths’ would get in front but Novokuznetsk would restore the parity in no time. Having allowed their 6th goal of the game, Kuznetskie Medvedi coaching staff decided to swap their netminders. Gleb Bannikov took over after Mikhail Kuzmin in net. He managed to not get anything past him, giving the home side some hope. Shumilov scored his second of the game and Artyom Morozov chipped in a tally of his own but it was all in vain as the ‘Bears’ failed to find the equalizer. Mamonty Yugry hand Kuznetskie Medvedi their 6th consecutive loss. With this 6-5 defeat Novokuznetsk remain second last in Eastern Conference standings.
The fans didn’t get to see any goals in the first period of play. The teams created almost no scoring chances, even though the home side had two power play opportunities and the momentum on their side. Second period began with a quick goal. Just two minutes into the frame Danil Zinovyev wristed it from the blue line and beat Artyom Zabrodin top-shelf to put Belye Medvedi in the lead.
Having allowed a goal, Oleg Belkin’s team gradually began grabbing the momentum. The visitors created several chances on a power play and Ilya Gorbunov had to make a few huge saves on Ladiya’s individual dashes. Incidentally, Oleg Belkin is a product of Chelyabinsk junior hockey school. Midway through the frame Togliatti turned things around. First Danil Zinovyev found the back of the net with a wrister and just 57 seconds later Yegor Dobrodum fired one home from the blue line to put his team in the lead.
Home team managed to get the momentum back but they couldn’t score a goal for a long time. Chelyabinsk rushed plays, looking for the equalizer, and couldn’t get the finishing touch. Late in the period the visitors got locked in their defensive territory, got a penalty and ‘Polar Bears’ were quick to convert on it. Just a few seconds into the man-advantage Zinovyev took a shot and Alexander Abramov redirected it home from the slot.
They had to go to overtime to decide on the winner. Both teams struggled offensively in the first few minutes but then Artyom Shvarev stole the puck at the blue line, skated down the ice by himself and sniped it home to bring Belye Medvedi their third consecutive win.
Ladiya lose their fifth game in a row. Togliatti are still looking for their first win on this ongoing road trip. Oleg Belkin’s team will have their last chance to get a victory on this road trip only tomorrow.
Loko Yaroslavl opted for the high-paced game early on. Unlike the game the day before, the ‘railway men’ were constantly creating scoring chances and kept Ivan Kulikov busy. The visitors didn’t expect such pressure and cracked five minutes in – Maxim Beryozkin stole the puck at the blue line, blazed past three opponents and passed it to Daniil Gutik, who one-timed it into the back of the net just inside the post. A few minutes later Anton Lukichyov doubled the lead for Loko on a long passing play.
In the final minutes of the first period Mikhail Smirnov won the battle for the puck at the boards and took a shot against Kulikov. The wobbling puck was put aside by the netminder but it went straight to the tape of Stepan Nikulin, who made it a 3-0 hockey game.
Yaroslav Lyuzenkov’s team managed to respond accordingly. With less than a minute on the clock Ivan Didkovsky capitalized on a power play and got the visitors on the board. The blue-and-white forward skated coast-to-coast and wristed it off the wall to beat Yegor Guskov, who had very little work in the first 20 minutes of action. Dynamo looked great early in the second frame. Just 51 seconds into it Mark Katsevich pulled Moscow back to within one.
Igor Melyakov’s men grabbed the momentum again and marched on to a blowout win. Maxim Motorygin, who had replaced Kulikov between the pipes after the intermission, also allowed three goals. Stepan Nikulin and Timur Akhunov scored at even strength, while Yegor Manin got a power play tally.
Loko Yaroslavl dug in mid-table in the Western Conference. Yaroslavl will play their next games in St. Petersburg, where they will face SKA-1946. The latter top the conference with just a single loss this season. If Yaroslavl can win the two games, they will be just three points away from topping the West.
The teams opted for see-saw hockey in the opening period of action. They traded high-quality scoring chances but both netminders were on top of the game and kept the game at donuts for a long time. With two minutes until the intermission home side finally broke the deadlock. Ivan Ivanov sniped it home from mid-range past Konstantin Shostak. Alexander Gordin doubled the lead for St. Petersburg just over a minute later. Alexei Tsyplakov made a cross-ice pass and all Gordin had to do was tap it home from close range. A few minutes later Marat Khusnutdinov, who had been invited to U18 Team Russia camp the day before, made it a 3-0 hockey game. Cherepovets had several power play opportunities but couldn’t get back into the game.
Adel Galiullin and Arseny Brinkman further improved the lead in the third period. With a minute till the final buzzer Vladislav Fyodorov scored a consolation goal for Almaz, shattering Dmitry Nikolayev’s shutout hopes.
SKA-1946 win their third consecutive game and continue to top the Western Conference. Almaz lose their third game out of the past four.
After the game the day before Krylia Sovetov Moscow head-coach Alexander Trofimov went with another goaltender – Danil Kadochnikov got the nod. SKA-Varyagi also opted for a new starter – Valery Brinkman made his Junior Hockey League debut after returning from Team Russia.
Krylia Sovetov came out hard for the game and didn’t let the opposition create any scoring chances. Late in the opening period Alexander Mirgorod screened Brinkman and Maxim Vyatkin fired a wrister top-shelf to put Moscow in the lead.
The game followed the same scenario till the final buzzer. ‘Soviet Wings’ had the momentum on their side, but St. Petersburg committed no further defensive mistakes. Home team had to pay for being undisciplined as the visitors scored a power play goal in the second and third periods. Midway through the second Yuri Gornushechkin brought it back to even and with four minutes remaining to play in regulation Yegor Sobolevsky put the visitors in the lead. The forward corralled the puck on the rebound and dragged it into the wide-open net. Krylia Sovetov spent the remainder of the period with the extra-attacker but failed to find the equalizer.
SKA-Varyagi win the second game of the back-to-back series in Setun are got closer to Krylia Sovetov in the standings. St. Petersburg enjoy their third consecutive win, while Moscow lost just as many in a row.
The game began with a string of penalties. The teams traded power play opportunities in the opening 10 minutes of play and yet couldn’t break the deadlock. Only shortly before the intermission did Matvey Kokovin beat Bruno Bruveris from the slot.
Home team did better in the second period. Just over a minute into it Riga tied the game up with Kristaps Skrastins’ marker. With a few minutes remaining on the clock captain Janis Svanenbergs put the ‘Lions’ in the lead with a power play tally. Raimond Vilkoits began the third stanza with two consecutive penalties. While they managed to kill off the first minor, Moscow Region team did capitalize on their second attempts – Grigory Nesvetayev found the back of the net.
It had to be decided in the shootout. Platon Zadorozhny stopped four attempts to add to his 39 saves and helped Atlant to get their revenge for the loss in Latvian capital the day before.