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10 regular season games took place in Parimatch Junior Hockey League on February 18th. We take a look at them in this review.
Just as the day before Omskie Yasrteby grabbed the reins of the game early on but it was Tyumensky Legion who could have scored twice on a power play. The visitors killed off the penalty and then got in the lead as Ilya Chernikov found the back of the net. The ‘Hawks’ had the momentum on their side right till the final buzzer after that. They managed to pinned home team to their net and began creating scoring chances. As a result, the visitors got another goal before the intermission – Kirill Kazakov slipped one in.
In the first half of the second period of play Omsk further improved their lead as they scored three goals in a span of just over seven minutes – Matvey Zaseda, German Voloshin and Vladimir Mashkov got the tallies. Just as in the previous period the visitors dominated on the ice and kept creating scoring chances. Tyumensky Legion struggled to defend their net and late in the frame Semyon Chistyakov fired home another one with a long shot to improve the lead to 6-0.
The flow of the game didn’t change in the third stanza. Omskie Yastreby kept coming in waves and take a large number of shots. Early in the period they scored two more goals – German Voloshin and Semyon Astashevsky got a marker each. Midway through the period Tyumensky Legion went down a man once again and Arseny Gritsyuk capitalized on the man advantage for the ‘Hawks’. Late in regulation the visitors extended their lead to double digits – Yegor Chinakhov made it 10-0. That was the last goal of the game. Omskie Yastreby enjoy a solid win in Tyumen.
First period of action in Magnitogorsk was dominated by the home team. Stalnye Lisy began spending a lot of time in the offensive zone right from the get-go but Makar Kositskikh was making one save after another for Sputnik Almetyevsk. Home side gradually increased their pressure. Sputnik defensemen couldn’t keep up to Magnitogorsk and sometimes had to take penalties. However, ‘Steel Foxes’ failed to convert on their chances and there was nothing between the two teams after 20 minutes of play.
The game followed a similar scenario in the second period. Stalnye Lisy had the momentum on their side and spent more time in the offensive territory, while Sputnik relied on quick transition plays. Both teams had their fair share of scoring chances but Stalnye Lisy gradually increased their pressure on Sputnik’s defense. It brought dividends late in the period. Nikita Rozhkov opened up the scoring with a mid-range shot. The goal energized Magnitogorsk and they could have gotten another one a little later but Dmitry Sheshin hit the post.
Almetyevsk grabbed the momentum in the third frame. Having survived Magnitogorsk pressure in the early minutes, the visitors moved the game away from their defensive zone and went on to find the equalizer – Aidar Nazmutdinov hit the target. The teams opted for cautious hockey after that, doing their best not to make any defensive mistakes. Nevertheless, late in regulation Sputnik got close to scoring the game-winning goal – Rishat Akhmetzyanov fired it straight at the goaltender. The game went on overtime and consequently to the shootout, in which Sputnik prevailed.
The visitors came out hard for the opening period of play. They managed to survive Novosibirsk power play in the early minutes and then grabbed the momentum. Irbis Kazan created a lot of scoring chances but Vladislav Shcherbakov stayed alert and bailed out Sibirskie Snaipery every time. Home team responded with transition plays but Vladimir Mosin was on top of his game as well. As a result, neither of the teams was able to get on the board in the period.
Irbis finally broke the deadlock early in the second period. Once again they killed off a penalty and rushed down the ice – Ruslan Galimzyanov hit the twine. Kazan created a few more good scoring chances after that, including several on a power play, but Sibirskie Snaipery were able to fend them off and evened out the game after that. Scoring chances began popping up against Irbis. Home team failed to capitalize on multiple power play opportunities but Dmitry Ovchinnikov did get the equalizer at even strength late in the period.
Home team looked more aggressive in the third stanza. The ‘Snipers’ moved the game to the offensive zone in the early minutes but Kazan played smart defensively and were able to keep the opposition at bay. As time went by Sibirskie Snaipery increased their pressure and yet failed to get in the lead before the end of regulation time. As a result, game-winning goal came only in overtime – Kirill Mukhin got the tally.
Chayka Nizhny Novgorod got in the lead early into the game as German Poddubny found the back of the net. The quick marker helped Chayka impose their brand of hockey onto the opposition. Nizhny Novgorod kept coming in waves and created a lot of scoring chances in the first half of the period. The visitors managed to capitalize on a power play midway through the frame – Gleb Petrov got the tally. Home team did their best to turn it around but Nizhny Novgorod didn’t let them get on the board before the intermission.
Chayka scored another one early in the second period – Maxim Tsybin got a goal at even strength. The game was close after that. Kuznetskie Medvedi managed to grab the momentum and began creating scoring chances. On one occasion Chayka got a penalty shot called against them but Daniil Litvinov couldn’t convert on it. As a result, there were no more goals in the second period.
Nizhny Novgorod picked up the pace in the third period and ripped dividends. Kuznetskie Medvedi got a penalty and Andrei Zheludkov scored Chayka’s fourth goal of the game. In the second half of the period Nikita Shavin further improved the lead and Zheludkov got his second of the night. Thus Nizhny Novgorod blanked the opposition and enjoyed a blowout 6-0 win in Novokuznetsk.
Tolpar Ufa burst out of the gate in the game against Sarmaty Orenburg. They imposed their brand of hockey on the opposition right away and scored twice in the opening eight minutes – Danila Alalykin and Pavel Yelizarov got the tallies. Orenburg did their best to get on the board as well but home team did well defensively. The teams went to the dressing-rooms for the first intermission with Tolpar leading 2-0.
Ufa once again enjoyed a good start of the next period. In just over seven minutes they scored three more goals – Alexander Pashin and Ilyina Gazimov got a marker each, while Danil Alalykin got his second of the game. Orenburg swapped their goaltenders after that but home team solved Anton Borodkin soon enough as well – Danil Aimurzin hit the target. The visitors responded with a snipe by Ivan Ukolov but Tolpar got another goal after that – Daniil Oleinikov’s marker concluded second period scoring.
Home team continued scoring in the third period. This time they got two early goals. Vladimir Bakanin scored on a power play and a few seconds later Andrei Kuznetsov hit the twine again. The outcome of the game seemed rather clear and with just over three minutes remaining to play in regulation Timur Valeyev scored the 10th goal to seal the deal for Tolpar.
Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk, who still have a slim hope of making the playoffs, faced Mamonty Yugry on home ice. The visitors do what they can to keep their post-season berth. Khanty-Mansiysk opened up the scoring two minutes into the game – Insaf Galeyev tipped Makar Vaulin’s shot home. Vaulin scored a goal himself in the second period of play, while Nikita Chusovitin further improved the lead in the third stanza with a backhand shot. Home team got a goal before the second intermission as Yegor Sofyin found the back of the net – the forward jammed it home from the doorstep after a series of rebounds.
Ust-Kamenogorsk failed to turn the game around and once again didn’t surpass Reaktor in the standings. Kirill Popov set the final score as he buried the rebound. Mamonty Yugry win 4-1 and move closer to Stalnye Lisy.
Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk, who are currently 6th in the Eastern Conference, faced Reaktor Nizhnekamsk - a team that just recently saw its playoff hopes shattered. Chelyabinsk won the first period 2-1 as Konstantin Lukin and Valery Sapozhnikov found the back of the net. Nizhnekamsk responded with a goal by Daniel Butsayev. Early in the second frame Artur Gusev capitalized on a power play to restore the parity on the scoreboard.
Home team scored three more goals before the second intermission. Sapozhnikov got his second of the game, while Alexander Yakovlev and Arkady Aksyonov got a tally each. Six minutes into the third period Yakovlev also got his second tally of the night to further improve the lead. The visitors couldn’t get anything else and lost 6-2.
Russkie Vityazi went into the game as the 9th best team of the Western Conference, looking to catch up to HK Riga, who are positioned one place ahead. Chekhov faced their rivals JHC Atlant Moscow Region. Mytischi once again had missed the playoffs this year and allowed two goals in the first period of action – Daniil Baklastov and Nikolai Smirnov got the tallies. Second frame featured more goals. Ilya Borisenkov got a goal back for the visitors, but Zakhar Bardakov scored another one for Russkie Vityazi. However, Atlant managed to get back even before the intermission.
Nikita Miller beat Daniil Chechelev, while Borisenkov got his second goal of the game and the teams were tied 3-3 after 40 minutes of play. Russkie Vityazi scored a late goal to edge Mytischi – Daniil Baklastov got the game-winning tally. Late in regulation the visitors pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker but to no avail.
HC Kapitan, who will also miss the playoffs this year, faced Krasnaya Armiya Moscow on home ice. The teams traded goals in the opening period. Stupino’s top player Amir Garayev put his team on the board, while Moscow got a tally from Danila Khulapov. Home team regained the lead in the second period – eight minutes into it Ruslan Aliyev scored in 4-on-4 format.
Krasnaya Armiya brought it back to even just 53 seconds into the third stanza – Nikita Dolgopyatov converted on a power play, which spilled over from the second period. The teams were still even after 60 minutes of regulation and home team went on to bring their fans to their feet as they won it in overtime. Grigory Ponkratov scored the game-winning goal.
Last game of the day was held in Riga, Latvia where HK Riga, positioned 8th in the Western Conference, faced SKA-Varyagi St. Petersburg, who had lost every chance of making the playoffs this year. Riga took three times as many shots as the opposition in the opening period of play but couldn’t convert on any of them. SKA-Varyagi got on the board early in the second period – Stepan Borisov put the visitors in the lead. Not only did the home side manage to get back even before the intermission, they also grabbed the lead – Bulat Galimov and Patriks Zabusovs made it a 2-1 hockey game after 40 minutes.
Riga had the narrow lead up till the 54th minutes when Kirill Tankov brought it back to even. Regulation and overtime solved nothing and SKA-Varyagi went on to win in the shootout, stripping Latvian side off a vital second point. Thus the gap between HK Riga and Russkie Vityazi is now down to just one point.