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Four regular season games took place in Parimatch Junior Hockey League on February 5th. We take a look at Wednesday action in this review.
Home team dominated in the first minutes of action in Omsk. The ‘Hawks’ took the reins right out of the gate and began spending a lot of time in the offensive end. Omskie Yastreby failed to convert on their initial power play opportunity of the game but got on the board soon enough regardless at even strength as Matvey Zaseda found the back of the net. Midway through the frame the visitors got a man advantage themselves and managed to capitalize on it as Gafar Satarov hit the twine. However, Omskie Yastreby had scored a shorthanded goal right before that – Arseny Gritsyuk got the tally. As a result, the visitors did their best to find the equalizer before the intermission but were unable to do that.
Soon after the intermission Omskie Yastreby restored the 2-goal cushion – Vladimir Mashkov slipped it in. Kuznetskie Medvedi managed to grab the momentum after that – Omsk took consecutive penalties but home side didn’t crack on either occasion under pressure of the visitors. Having survived it, the ‘Hawks’ put together a great passing play leading to their fourth marker of the game – Albert Alikov got the goal. 15 seconds later they scored another one – this time it was Kirill Kazakov who hit the twine. The ‘Bears’ threw everything they had trying to get back into the game but all they could get before the intermission was a tally by Timofey Aksyonenko.
Omskie Yastreby regained the 4-goal advantage as Ilya Chernikov got another marker. The teams opted for fast-paced hockey after that. The visitors grabbed the momentum and did everything they could to get back even on the scoreboard, while Omsk relied on dangerous transition plays. However, despite the abundance of scoring chances, the fans didn’t get to see any goals. Omskie Yastreby win 6-2.
Just as in the first game of the back-to-back series Mamonty Yugry managed to get first on the board. Just over a minute into the bout Nikita Chusovitin found the back of the net. However, unlike in the previous game, home team couldn’t improve their lead before the intermission. Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk evened the game out rather quickly and didn’t let the ‘Mammoths’ create any other scoring chances. Nevertheless, neither could the visitors get anything over the goal line at even strength or power play.
After the intermission Khanty-Mansiysk picked up the pace and got the momentum on their side. They began spending time in the offensive zone and midway through the period Ivan Savvin doubled the lead for the home side. Soon after that the visitors found themselves down a man and Insaf Galeyev sent another one past Gleb Moiseyev. Khanty-Mansiysk established a firm grip on the game and the opposition couldn’t get even a single goal back. Thus, Mamonty Yugry carried a 3-goal lead into the third period of action.
Stalnye Lisy did their best to turn it around in the third stanza but Magnitogorsk shot themselves in the foot with their own mistakes – in the first half of the period alone they took two penalties. However, the visitors managed to survive them both and went on to get a power play opportunity themselves – but nothing went past Ilya Stupin. Late in regulation home team found themselves on a man advantage again and Danila Vtorushin set the final score. Mamonty Yugry win 4-0 on home ice.
Novosibirsk established a firm grip on the game early on. They went to push on Pavel Guschin right away but Tyumensky Legion defense was able to match it. Gradually home team managed to even out the game but the visitors continued to create good scoring chances. Tyumensky Legion responded with rare transition plays, focusing on rather on defense. As a result, they managed to keep Sibirskie Snaipery at bay in the opening period of play.
Early in the second frame Novosibirsk found themselves down a man twice but Tyumen failed to capitalize on either of them. Gradually the visitors increased their pressure and midway through the period Sergei Dubakin put them in the lead. After that Sibirskie Snaipery grabbed the momentum for good. They created several good scoring chances before the period expired and with 15 seconds remaining on the clock Nikita Yefremov scored another goal against Tyumen.
First minutes of the third frame also Sibirskie Snaipery buzzing around the net – the visitors were in full control of the game. Midway through the stanza Tyumensky Legion got a power play opportunity and a chance to get back in the game but the visitors managed to fend them off. Late in regulation Andrei Borisyuk scored Novosibirsk’s third goal to put it away. Sibirskie Snaipery enjoy their second consecutive win on the road as they take it 3-0.
Home team opened up the scoring in the first minute of play. Just 37 seconds into the game Maxim Polkin put his team in the lead. Reaktor Nizhnekamsk grabbed the momentum after that. Despite the fact that took two penalties in the first frame, Reaktor created the most scoring chances over the stretch. Avto Yekaterinburg were bailed out several times by Georgy Romanov, who was backed up on a few occasions by his defense. As a result, Nizhnekamsk took three times as many shots than Avto but couldn’t improve their advantage on the scoreboard.
Yekaterinburg grabbed the momentum after the intermission as they patched up things offensively and began creating scoring chances against Yaroslav Ozolin. Avto found the equalizer halfway through the period as Yuri Zhuravlyov sniped one home. Nizhnekamsk took two penalties before the period expired but the visitors, despite the augmented push on Reaktor’s defense, failed to grab the lead. The teams went into the third stanza tied 1-1.
Nevertheless, the visitors got in the lead in the early minutes of the next period as Andrei Sulin hit the target. Two minutes later Maxim Polkin scored his second goal of the game on a power play to help Reaktor restore the parity. Yekaterinburg increased their pressure on Nizhnekamsk after that and home team took four more penalties in regulation. However, Avto couldn’t capitalize on either of those attempts and the game went to overtime. Extra period of action solved nothing, so it had to be decided in the shootout and home team prevailed. Reaktor win 3-2 in Nizhnekamsk.