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Five regular season games took place in Parimatch Junior Hockey League on February 22nd as Western and Eastern conference teams continue to battle for the playoffs. We take a look at Saturday action in this review.
Russkie Vityazi, who came into the vital game being one point out of the playoffs, as they faced Krasnaya Armiya Moscow. The red-and-blue dominated in the opening period of play. Sergei Sulev put Moscow on the board, while Chekhov took just three shots on Matvei Kiselyov, who got the nod for this one. Moscow Region delegated Vyacheslav Sarayev to the cage.
Yegor Korbit and Denis Nedilko improved the lead to 3-1 before the second intermission for the visitors, while after the buzzer Daniil Anop and Vyacheslav Gorshunov dropped the gloves. Russkie Vityazi couldn’t turn the game around. Midway through the third stanza Prokhor Poltapov and Nikita Dolgopyatov further improved the lead, while Sarayev scored his second of the game for the home side. Russkie Vityazi lose 5-2 and remain 9th in the Western Conference.
In a Moscow Region rivalry game, which was held in Stupino, HC Kapitan played hosts to Atlant. Both teams have long lost every hope of making the playoffs this year and yet they had put on a great show the day before, featuring several brawls and a ton of goals. Mytischi came out on top from the scuffle. This time around there was no scoring in the opening period of play. Kapitan power play unit got the job done in the second frame – Alexei Rybin and Vladislav Korshikov got a tally each to give their team a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Five minutes into the third period Amir Garayev improved Stupino’s lead to three goals. Atlant swapped Danila Fomin for Platon Zadorozhny in goal and pulled back to within one as Matvei Kokovin and Dmitry Silantyev found the back of the net. Final push with the extra attacker out was in vain for the visitors. Kapitan win 3-2 and get their revenge.
In Dmitrov, Moscow Region two other teams, that will not make the post-season this year, faced one another as ORG Junior hosted SKA-Varyagi St. Petersburg. Chinese team added several players to their roster and looked much better than in previous games. Home team opened up the scoring 17 minutes in as Prokhor Korbit hit the target. SKA-Varyagi responded with a tally by Artur Gimaletdinov less than a minute later. There was only one goal scored in the second frame – Daniil Dutkovsky put the visitors in the lead.
After Gimaletdinov scored his second of the game, the Chinese side managed to bring it back to even with goals by Vladislav Kovalyov and Yegor Yaroshenko. Final minutes of regulation were absolutely thrilling. Stepan Borisov scored with just six minutes remaining on the clock but in the final minute of play Yegor Buyalsky capitalized on a power play, sending the game to overtime and gaining the third point of the season for the ‘Rhinos’. The game went to the shootout, in which the visitors prevailed. Ilya Ivantsov scored the winner.
HK Riga, who risk to fall out of the playoffs due to their struggle in recent games, faced JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg in the second game of the back-to-back series. The teams traded goals in the opening period of action. Denis Fjodorovs got one in for Riga, while Dynamo got a tally from their top-scorer Dmitry Rashevsky. Despite Dynamo’s advantage on the shot-clock, Riga went on to score twice in the second stanza.
Bulat Galimov and Kristaps Skrastins got a marker each. After that Ivan Sapozhnikov was replaced in goal by Makar Chufarov. Rashevsky capitalized on a power play in the third period for his second tally of the game to bring Dynamo back to within one but they were unable to force overtime. With less than two minutes on the clock Patriks Zabusovs sent it into the empty net to secure a huge win for HK Riga.
In the only Eastern Conference game of the day Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk faced their Kazakhstan rivals Snezhnye Barsy Nur-Sultan. Ivan Vereschagin opened up the scoring just four minutes in as he converted on a breakaway. Ust-Kamenogorsk responded with a tally by Andrei Lagunov, who won the battle for the puck at the blue line, skated to the net and sniped it short-side. Konstantin Bondarenko put home team in the lead in the second frame, while Vladislav Saiko scored for Snezhnye Barsy.
The visitors got in the lead before the second intermission as Ivan Vereschagin scored his second of the game burying the rebound. Home team did their best to get back even, taking a lot of shots but Roman Kalmykov wasn’t in the mood to concede anything else that night. Snezhnye Barsy went on to win the game 3-2.