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Eight regular season games took place in Parimatch Junior Hockey League on February 8th. We take a look at Saturday action in this review.
Both teams came out hard for the first period of play in Omsk. Home side and the visitors picked up several minors in the first ten minutes but neither team could convert on the ensuing power play opportunities. The game evened out after that and late in the period the fans got to see goals. Moreover, all of them came in a span of less than a minute. First the ‘Hawks’ scored twice in ten seconds as Arseny Gritsyuk and Nikita Savchenko hit the twine, while Novosibirsk got a goal from Dmitry Gundyrev.
Omskie Yastreby improved their lead in the second period as German Voloshin found the back of the net but it took visitors just two minutes to get back even. Sergei Dubakin and Dmitry Ovchinnikov got a tally each. The teams continued to play offensive-minded hockey after that, creating a lot of scoring chances at both ends of the ice, but Nikita Dianov and Bogdan Nefedov bailed out their teammates. As a result, the teams went into the third period tied on the scoreboard.
Sibirskie Snaipery got their first lead of the game right after the intermission as Dmitry Ovchinnikov scored his second. Novosibirsk went on to take two consecutive penalties and Omsk managed to use it to their advantage – midway through the frame Bogdan Denisevich found his target. However, three minutes later the visitors got back in front – Dmitry Gundyrev scored his second of the game as well. The ‘Hawks’ threw everything they had at the opposition looking for the equalizer, pulling their goaltender for the extra-attacker but the ‘Snipers’ were able to protect their lead. Sibirskie Snaipery beat their rivals 5-4.
First period of play began with offensive rushes by the visitors. They managed to get the momentum on their side right out of the gate and create several good scoring chances. As a result, Kuznetskie Medvedi got in the lead nine minutes in – Daniil Litvinov found the back of the net. Midway through the frame home team got a chance to tie it up as they found themselves on a 2-man advantage but the ‘Bears’ managed to survive. Late in the period the visitors could have improved their lead on a power play but came up empty as well. There was no more scoring in the frame.
The visitors had the momentum in the second period. They managed to establish control on the puck and began organizing passing plays in the offensive zone. Tyumensky Legion responded with transition plays and Kirill Kuznetsov bailed out his teammates on several occasions. Nevertheless, despite having the advantage, Kuznetskie Medvedi failed to convert it into goals as nothing was going past Alexei Shchetilin. The fans didn’t get to see any goals in the second frame.
Tyumen got another 2-man advantage early in the third period but Kuznetskie Medvedi once again were able to kill it off. The visitors grabbed the momentum after that and scored their second goal midway through the frame – Timofey Aksyonenko got the tally. Consequently, Tyumensky Legion picked up the pace and created several good scoring chances, hitting the post once. With 18 seconds on the clock Artyom Pylayev gave his team hope. However, home side failed to find the equalizer. Kuznetskie Medvedi win 2-1.
First goal of the game in Khanty-Mansiysk came nine minutes in as Vladislav Yermokhin put Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk in the lead. However, it was the home team that looked better in the frame as they created more scoring chances. Nevertheless, they couldn’t find the back at even strength or on a power play over the stretch. As a result, Mamonty Yugry went to the dressing-room trailing on the scoreboard.
It changed after the break. Home team found themselves on a power play and just as Belye Medvedi got their fifth man back out on the ice, the ‘Mammoths’ tied it up – Maxim Kirileichenko hit the target. But soon after that Chelyabinsk got their lead back as Zhan Yakutsenya slipped it into the net. Having survived several offensive rushes while being down a man, home team brought it all back to even again – Maxim Kirileichenko scored his second of the game.
Early in the third period Mamonty Yugry took two consecutive penalties, which led Arkady Aksyonov to give Belye Medvedi their third lead of the game. The visitors switched to playing defensive-minded hockey after that, while Mamonty Yugry began peppering Ilya Gorbunov with shots from all over the place. They took almost four times as many shots as the opposition but Belye Medvedi managed to fend them off. As a result, the visitors enjoyed a 3-2 win in a hard-fought game.
Home team looked better in the opening period of play. Atlant Moscow Region managed to make Krasnaya Armiya Moscow play their brand of hockey and began creating scoring chances early on against Matvei Kiselyov. The visitors evened out the game midway through the period and got in the lead – Ilya Chaban sniped one home. Having allowed a goal, Mytischi were forced to push forward and soon found the equalizer as Daniil Shushin hit the target. However, the red-and-blue regained the lead just 40 seconds later as Daniil Anop slipped it home. Atlant did their best to get back even before the intermission but came up short.
Home team found themselves shorthanded early in the second period and Roman Kalinichenko doubled the lead for Krasnaya Armiya. The visitors had the momentum on their side but Atlant evened it out midway through and Dmitry Silantyev pulled his team back to within one. Mytischi pushed forward and late in the period none other but Silantyev brought it back to even. Home team gained the lead before the intermission – Daniel Usmanov put Atlant back on top.
Third stanza began with several offensive rushes by Krasnaya Armiya. Having survived a penalty kill, Moscow switched to passing plays in the offensive zone, doing their best to crack Atlant’s defense, who were heavily relying on it. Mytischi responded with dangerous counter-attacks but they spent most of the stretch trying to protect their lead. As a result, despite all effort Krasnaya Armiya could avoid losing. Altant enjoy a 4-3 win in a tough game.
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk found themselves down a man in the early minutes of the game, which led JHC Dynamo Moscow to create several good scoring chances but the visitors managed to survive it. A little later Sakhalinskie Akuly got a power play opportunity of their own and got on the board midway through the period. Yaroslav Tkachyov put the ‘Sharks’ in the lead. However, home team grabbed the momentum for good after that. They increased their pressure and got back even 90 seconds later – Valentin Nikonorov got the tally. Dynamo stayed hot right till the end of the period and with 10 seconds on the clock Mikhail Bitsadze put Moscow in the lead.
Home team got another penalty early into the second period but that didn’t stop them from scoring their third goal against the ‘Sharks’ – Mark Katsevich sniped it home. Later on Oleg Zaitsev scored another goal for Dynamo at even strength. The teams combined for several penalties halfway through the stanza but first Moscow couldn’t convert on two consecutive opportunities and then Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk followed their suit. Nevertheless, home team did get what they wanted on their third power play attempt of the period – Mark Katsevich scored his second of the game shortly before the intermission.
Early in the third frame Dynamo further improved their solid lead as Matvei Sumin hit the twine. Moscow continued to dominate and midway through the period Anton Kosolapov scored Dynamo’s 7th goal of the night. The visitors managed to get a goal back late in regulation as Yegor Kurilkin slipped it in but that didn’t stop the blue-and-white from enjoying a blowout 7-2 win on home ice.
Orenburg grabbed the momentum right out of the game. They created several good scoring chances in the opening ten minutes of play but couldn’t get a single goal out of it as Ladiya Togliatti were bailed out by their netminder Artyom Zabrodin on many occasions. Home team managed to even out the game midway through the period and got in the lead soon after that. Danila Lotov redirected the puck into the back of the net past Anton Borodkin. As a result, home team had a narrow lead after 20 minutes of action.
The teams traded scoring chances early in the second stanza and essentially opted for offensive-minded hockey. Ladiya and Sarmaty kept banging on the door and the visitors converted on one of their chances midway through the frame – Vladimir Ipatov sniped it home from the left face-off circle to put Orenburg in the lead. The visitors put together a nice passing play soon after and Ilya Zhitnikov squeaked another one over the goal-line. Home team found themselves down 2-man late in the frame but Sarmaty failed to convert the great power play opportunity.
Despite the score Sarmaty dominated in the third period. The visitors established great possession right out of the gate and didn’t let Togliatti a single chance to get back in the game. Home team couldn’t keep up to Orenburg and failed to find the equalizer. Sarmaty were the better team and worked the clock till the got a narrow 2-1 win on the road.
Avto Yekaterinburg managed to force Sputnik Almetyevsk play their brand of hockey early in the game. The visitors had two power play opportunities in the first half of the opening period of play but Almetyevsk were able to keep Avto at bay. Sputnik got a man advantage of their own after that and Timur Zakirov put home side in the lead with a long shot. Yekaterinburg increased the pressure on Rail Nasyrov after that and yet Almetyevsk went to the dressing-room for the first intermission with a lead.
Yekaterinburg continued to create scoring chances in the second period. They failed to capitalize on yet another man advantage but Stepan Lebedev did score at even strength. The visitors looked the better team after that but Almetyevsk defense meticulously held Avto off. Home team took three penalties in the second frame and while they were able to kill off two of them, Yekaterinburg did get what they were looking for on the third attempt. Yuri Salov sniped it home and his team went into the third stanza with a narrow lead.
Almetyevsk got the momentum on their side early in the third period and forced the visitors to take a penalty. However, Yekaterinburg managed to survive it and then improved their lead with a goal at even strength – Ilya Loza got the tally. The visitors switched to defensive-minded hockey after that, doing their best not to let Sputnik get back in the game. As a result, despite all effort Almetyevsk couldn’t get a single point. The visitors bled the clock and enjoyed a 3-1 win.
In the first half of the opening period of play Tolpar Ufa were more aggressive. They managed to pin the opposition to their net and get in the lead eight minutes in as Denis Goryukhin found the back of the net. 90 seconds later Reaktor Nizhnekamsk conceded another goal – Sergei Varlov got the tally. After that Nizhnekamsk managed to get the momentum on their side and dominated in the second half of the period. Tolpar found themselves down a man twice, but home team failed to capitalize on either opportunity.
The game was tight in the second stanza. Nizhnekamsk were spending more time in the offensive zone but Ufa kept them at bay at even strength and while killing penalties, responding with quick transition plays. Neither of the teams was able to create scoring chances often but late in the second period Bulat Shambazov helped the home side get a goal back. Nizhnekamsk went into the third period trailing by just a goal.
That’s why home team dominated in the third period. Reaktor players grabbed the momentum right off the bat but Tolpar went on to catch the opposition with a quick counter-attack and Andrei Kuznetsov scored another goal for Ufa. The visitors continued to focus on defense, snapping Reaktor’s offensive rushes short. Nizhnekamsk found themselves down a man late in regulation but managed to pull back to within one – Andrei Chivilev made it a 1-goal hockey game with a late shorthanded tally. However, that was as close as the home side could get. Tolpar win 3-2 on the road.