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11 regular season games took place in Parimatch Junior Hockey League on March 2nd. We take a look at Monday action in this review.
Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk were more aggressive in the early minutes of the game in St. Petersburg. Nikita Melnichuk was called to action just a few moments in and had to bail out SKA-Varyagi St. Petersburg. Home team responded with counter-attacks and nine minutes in they got a goal off one – Kirill Tankov sniped one home. However, the ‘Tigers’ managed to find an answer rather quickly – Yegor Mozharov capitalized on a power play attempt. Amurskie Tigry continued to have the momentum on their side but despite a large number of scoring chances, they couldn’t get in the lead before the first intermission.
Home team looked more aggressive in the second frame, spraying Alexander Yevgrafov with shots from all over the ice but the visitors still had the momentum on their side. Nevertheless, despite the augmented number of scoring chances, neither of the teams could get in the lead. The score remained 1-1 after 40 minutes of play.
Khabarovsk did get in front early in the third period as Daniil Shmatkov found the back of the net. The visitors had a chance to improve their lead right away but SKA-Varyagi survived on a penalty kill. A little later Arseny Koromyslov scored the equalizer. Three and a half minutes later home team got in the lead as Grigory Kuzmin hit the twine. After that Amurskie Tigry threw everything they had at the opposition and soon enough Yegor Antonov tapped it home off a cross-ice feed. Regulation and overtime solved nothing and the game had to be decided in the shootout, in which Amurskie Tigry proved to be the better team.
The visitors dominated in the early minutes of the game. Sakhalinskie Akuly had two power play opportunities in the first period but failed to convert on either of them. As for JHC Spartak Moscow, having killed off the penalties, they managed to put together several good plays and Maxim Dontsov finished off one of them. As a result, despite Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk banging on the door, Moscow had a 1-0 lead following 20 minutes of play.
The teams traded penalties early in the second period but couldn’t find the back of the net. However, both Spartak and Sakhalinskie Akuly picked up the pace and soon it led to a goal. Ruslan Akhmetvaliev helped the ‘Sharks’ bring it back to even. After that the red-and-white got the momentum on their side but despite all of their efforts Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk went to the dressing-room with 1-1 on the scoreboard.
The visitors turned it around early in the third stanza. Spartak took three consecutive penalties and Sakhalinskie Akuly converted on one of them midway through the period. Ruslan Akhmetvaliev scored his second of the game to put the ‘Sharks’ in the lead. After going back to playing full strength Spartak began spending more time in the offensive zone and, despite going down a man once again late in regulation, found the equalizer – with three minutes on the clock Artyom Serikov hit the target. The game went to overtime and Ruslan Novruzov scored just 12 seconds into it to win it for Spartak.
Home team seemed the better team in the first period of play in Kazan. Irbis were able to create more scoring chances against Pavel Guschin and finally slipped one past him midway through the period – Ruslan Galimzyanov sniped it home. However, the ‘Legion’ brought it back to square one soon enough. Alexander Ilyin finished off a passing play on a man advantage. Kazan got the momentum back on their side after that but the score remained unchanged in the period.
Kazan picked up the pace after the intermission. Having upped the tempo, they pinned Tyumensky Legion to their net and began creating one scoring chance after another. Even going on a power play didn’t help the visitors. Home team killed off the penalty, went back on attack and managed to get back in the lead as Ruslan Galimzyanov scored his second of the game. Kazan stayed hot after that as well. They kept buzzing around the net till the very end of the period and yet had nothing to show for it in the end.
Irbis weren’t as aggressive in the third period and let Tyumen impose their brand of hockey upon them. The visitors did their best to avoid losing but Kazan played smart defensively, turning aside one offensive rush after another. As a result, being limited to just two goals, Irbis still got a narrow win over Tyumensky Legion.
Home team managed to get the momentum on their side early on, forcing Viktor Selivyorstov made several huge saves to bail out his teammates. However, Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk gradually evened the game out and got in the lead midway through the period as Maxim Shabanov found the back of the net. Ladiya Togliatti did their best to get back even in a hurry but having gotten a power play opportunity, failed to convert on it. Consequently, the visitors had a man advantage of their own, which helped them to pitch camp in the offensive zone and then score their second goal of the game, which came right after the power play – Alexander Abramov hit the target.
Home team picked up the pace after the intermission doing their best to get back in the game. They were able to pin Chelyabinsk to their net and gradually increased the pressure. As a result, they managed to get a goal back as Alexander Ponomaryov found the back of the net. The visitors found themselves shorthanded after that, paving the road for the home side to level it but instead Chelyabinsk scored a shorthanded goal – Artyom Shvaryov slipped it in. Soon after that the ‘Polar Bears’ scored their 4th goal of the game – Danil Zinovyev scored on a power play. As a result, Belye Medvedi established a firm lead after 40 minutes of play.
The game was close in the third period. The visitors confidently worked the clock, not letting Togliatti any chance to turn the game around. Both teams frequently took penalties, trading power play chances, but that changed nothing on the scoreboard until late in regulation when Alexander Yakovlev set the final score. Belye Medvedi motor on to a solid 5-1 win on the road.
Home team, who came into the game looking to clinch the final Eastern Conference playoff berth, came out of the gate swinging. Mamonty Yugry did well in the early minutes as they scored three goals in the opening 10 – Alexander Dryagilev, Matvei Nasyrov and Ivan Savchik got a tally each. The visitors swapped their goaltenders after that but the ‘Mammoths’ stayed hot and did not alleviate the pressure on Kuznetskie Medvedi. Khanty-Mansiysk looked solid in the remainder of the period and went to the dressing-room with a comfortable lead.
Home team continued to play their brand of hockey after the intermission. The visitors got two penalties in a row but the ‘Mammoths’ were unable to capitalize on either of them. Same goes for Kuznetskie Medvedi, who failed to convert on their two consecutive man advantages. Despite the fact that home team had the momentum on their side, the visitors responded with dangerous quick transition plays and with just over a minute remaining to play in the period Daniil Litvinov got a goal back for his team.
Mamonty Yugry played focused throughout the third period, doing their best to protect the lead and not let the opposition get close. As for the ‘Bears’, they continued to play as the underdog and occasionally ventured out to Khanty-Mansiysk’s zone. Home team held the opposition at bay until the final minute of regulation. Vladislav Repin pulled Novokuznetsk back to within one with just nine second remaining on the clock but it didn’t stop Mamonty Yugry from winning the game and clinching the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference.
Sputnik Almetyevsk grabbed the momentum right from the get-go and began putting together offensive rushes against Snezhnye Barsy Nursultan. The visitors survived the frantic first minutes of the game but couldn’t stop Rail Sharipov eight minutes in as he opened up the scoring. Nevertheless, Snezhnye Barsy brought it back to even just three minutes later – Dias Atakhanov got the tally. Sputnik increased the pressure on Nur-Sultan defense and regained the lead shortly before the intermission. Aidar Nazmutdinov made it 2-1.
Early in the second frame Almetyevsk managed to capitalize on a power play chance – Bogdan Korotkov found the back of the net. The game gradually become rougher. Things were heating up and midway through the period home team scored two goals in a row – Timofey Okruzhkov and Artur Rezanov scored just nine seconds apart. Late in the period Almetyevsk further improved their lead as Daniil Melnikov hit the twine.
The teams continued to stuff the net in the third frame. Three minutes into it Ivan Vereshchagin scored Snezhnye Barsy’s second goal of the game. Midway through the stanza Sputnik restored the 5-goal margin – this time Andrei Sholgin rifled it home. However, the tempo of the game decreased after that. Home team held a firm grip on the flow of the game and worked the clock en route to a 7-2 win.
Sarmaty Orenburg defended the ice against Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk, who recently had clinched the Kharlamov Cup Playoffs. It was the final game of the regular season for both teams. Magnitogorsk had won the first game of the back-to-back series. There was no scoring in the opening period of play but things really changed in the second. Orenburg grabbed the lead as Ivan Nazarov and Kirill Galkin found the back of the net, while the visitors were able to bring it back to even before the period expired – Ruslan Gospodynko and Danila Yurov got a tally each to make it a 2-2 hockey game.
Orenburg won their final game of the season as Yegor Markin got a penalty late in regulation and Daniil Katayev converted on the ensuing power play. Extra attacker and Maxim Makhrin’s penalty with two minutes till the final buzzer didn’t change the outcome of the bout.
Chayka Nizhny Novgorod once again had to beat one of the top teams of the Eastern Conference – Omskie Yastreby. However, to their misfortune Mamonty Yugry beat Kuznetskie Medvedi the same day to clinch the final playoff berth in the East. Nevertheless, Nizhny Novgorod were in no mood to go down without a fight. After a scoreless first period of play Andrei Nikonov hit the target midway through the second frame. The visitors responded with a goal by Yegor Chinakhov. However, Chayka regained the lead soon as Ivan Shulga slipped it in.
The visitors won the third stanza. Key moment of the gam came midway through the period. Bogdan Denisevich scored on a power play, converting on Shulga’s penalty, and a little later Daniil Berestnyov netted the winner. Omskie Yastreby win 3-2 and finish the regular season on a bright note.
Reaktor went up against Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk in Nizhnekamsk. Notably, it was the last game of the season for the home side. Reaktor did well in the opening period as they scored three unanswered goals – Daniel Butsayev got a pair, while Bulat Shambazov chipped in another tally. Ust-Kamenogorsk pulled back to within one in the second frame as Vyacheslav Chegoshev and Nikita Nazarov found the back of the net.
Maxim Polkin capitalized on a power play opportunity before the period expired to make it a 4-2 hockey game and the teams headed to the dressing-rooms with home team leading by two goals after 40 minutes of play. The visitors failed to turn the game around, while Nizhnekamsk scored another goal of a man advantage – Sergei Martynov made Altay pay for Vyacheslav Chegoshev’s minor. Reaktor win 5-2 on home ice.
JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg faced Krylia Sovetov Moscow in the second game of the back-to-back series. Neither of the teams made the playoffs this year. Dynamo and ‘Soviet Wings’ exchanged goals in the opening period of play. Matvei Petrov scored for the visitors, while Dmitry Rashevsky converted on a power play for St. Petersburg. Early in the second frame Krylia Sovetov had a penalty shot called against them and Sergei Bolshakov went on to capitalize on it.
Moscow brought the game back to even only early in the third stanza. This time Roman Shefer converted on a man advantage. A few minutes later Yuri Ushakov buried the rebound on Sergei Bolshakov’s shot. Rashevsky scored his second of the night on the empty net to set the final score. Dynamo win 4-2, while Krylia Sovetov finish their season on a sad note.
Last game of the day was a Moscow Region rivalry as Russkie Vityazi visited HC Kapitan Stupino. To keep their playoff hopes alive the former had to beat the hosts and hope that HK Riga would lose all of their remaining games. Russkie Vityazi did well in the opening period. Kirill Kozyrkin and Alexei Rybin had a goal each past Daniil Chechelev. Despite a large number of penalties that Stupino were taking in the second period, the visitors couldn’t capitalize on either of them.
Russkie Vityazi were nervous and a shorthanded goal that they allowed spoke volumes of it – Alexander Kulagin made it a 3-0 hockey game with 15 minutes on the clock. All Chekhov could muster in the game was a consolation goal scored by Filat Zotov, which was the last tally of the season for Russkie Vityazi. With this 3-1 win Kapitan send HK Riga to the playoffs, finalizing the list of post-season teams.