NCAA DII, DIII Tournament Brackets to be Smaller in ’21
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The NCAA Division II and Division III lacrosse tournaments will look different in 2021.
In what has been an expected move in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, details of the brackets for the 2021 season have started to take shape. The NCAA officially released the DII bracket sizes — the men’s will be 10 teams (from 12) and the women’s will be 12 (from 16).
DII has been a huge source of growth in college lacrosse — more than doubling in the number of teams over the past decade. The recent expansion of the tournament has been a boon for the division, with programs proving to be able to quickly compete for a postseason spot shortly after adding a team.
Across the board in all sports, postseason spots are roughly down 25%.
In men’s DIII, according to several coaches in the wake of the IMCLA Convention, the proposed bracket could be 28 teams (from 36). It could feature 27 spots for automatic qualifiers and one for an at-large bid. It is unclear whether that bid would be or a Pool B or a Pool C team.
Pool B is for an independent team or a team from a conference that does not have an AQ. Pool C bids are the ones most-discussed on Selection Sunday — top-tier teams that do not win their conference’s championship.
Coaches did express some doubt that all 27 AQ conferences would be able to participate in the 2021 season, possibly opening up more AQs. One scenario that was discussed was that if a conference starts the season with four teams, it would be allowed to retain its AQ.
The outlined scenario would mean some very good teams will be left out of the NCAA Tournament. Conferences like the NESCAC, for example, could normally justify four or five teams in the tournament.
It’s just one of many pieces to the 2021 state of play, as winter sports are currently under the microscope. The Centennial Conference, home to several top programs, canceled fall and winter sports last week.
NCAA to Downsize Division II National Tournaments; Division III Could Follow
PHOTO BY JOHN STROHSACKER
In an unfortunate (and somewhat expected) decision due to ongoing financial complications associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA announced last week that its Division II winter and spring championship tournaments will be smaller.
The new bracket sizes reveal that the Division II men’s tournament will go from 12 teams to 10, and the women’s tournament will go from 16 teams to 12. You can see COVID’s impact on the full Division II playoff landscape here.
“The field and bracket size reductions of the 18 Division II 2021 winter and spring championships vary by sport, with 12 of them being reduced by 25 percent,” according to the NCAA announcement. “The reductions were initially recommended by each sport committee. The Division II Championships Committee and the Division II Planning and Finance Committee each approved the recommendations. The reductions that are more or less than 25 percent were made because of logistical or practical concerns with operating that sport’s championship.”
The NCAA cited monetary concerns from the loss of fans as part of the reason but also acknowledged that increased costs surrounding COVID testing and other safety protocols were factored into the budgets and new playoff plans.
“Additionally, Division II needed to use nearly $5 million from its reserves to cover expenses for the 2019-20 fiscal year,” the NCAA said in its release. “Lost revenue from the cancellation of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championships caused Division II to be allocated nearly $35 million less than it was projected for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Division II did receive $15 million in event cancellation insurance — part of $270 million the NCAA received between multiple policies — that helped mitigate the financial impact.”
Though nothing official has been announced on the Division III front, Inside Lacrosse reported Monday that similar downsizing is expected.
Matt Kinnear wrote that the proposed bracket, which came in the wake of the recent IMLCA Convention, would go from 36 to 28 teams — possibly featuring 27 automatic qualifiers and one at-large bid. Coaches, however, expressed doubt that all 27 automatic qualifiers would be able to participate in the 2021 season. The NESCAC, an annual lacrosse powerhouse conference, was the first conference in the country to cancel spring sports in 2020 and could potentially be at the forefront of such a decision again. The conference often features four or five teams in the NCAA tournament each year.
Every postseason college lacrosse tournament bracket
The month of May means a few things. The weather warms up, the unofficial start to summer approaches, and school is winding down for some.
But it also means the second season of college lacrosse is here. Yes, the playoffs. No more recovering from losses the following week, because if you lose, your season is done.
The NCAA unveiled the tournament brackets for Divisions I, II, and III on the men’s and women’s side Sunday night. We had a live College Crossecast reacting to the unveiling of the men’s Division I bracket.
But as for the other divisions, as well as our good friends from the MCLA, they don’t get a ton of love. But we hope to give them as much love as possible this month.
Here’s all of the notable playoff tournament brackets!
NCAA Men’s Division I
NCAA Men’s Division II
After missing out last season, Limestone is back as the top seed in the south region and the only undefeated in the Division II Tournament.
Le Moyne is the top seed in the north region. Defending national champion Merrimack is the sixth and final seed in the north and take on Mercyhurst. Merrimack, along with LIU Post (who did not make it to the tournament), will transition to Division I next season.
NCAA Men’s Division III
The first round games happened yesterday with John Carroll and SUNY Maritime winning in overtime. The second round games occur today.
NCAA Women’s Division I
Yesterday, Jacksonville and Wagner won their two opening round games to advance to the first round. Those games happen on Friday.
NCAA Women’s Division II
NCAA Women’s Division III
We won’t know teams in this tournament until next weekend.
MCLA Division I
MCLA Division II
The semifinals in both Division I and II will be held Thursday.
WCLA Division I
The WCLA has multiple brackets involved. Winners keep playing in the championship bracket, while the losers keep playing in a consolation bracket.
WCLA Division II
In Division II, there’s four groups with three teams each that play each other in pool play. The winners of each pool move on to the national championship, while the other teams play in a consolation bracket.
Division III Men’s Lacrosse Programs That Deserve More Love
To show some love to teams at various levels that don’t always get the attention they deserve, we’re continuing a series to shine a light on underappreciated lacrosse programs. Next up: Division III men’s lacrosse.
What’s the criteria? That’s a gray area, but there are some general guidelines. For the most part, a team cannot be a perennial powerhouse or the first name you think of when someone says their division. For example, Salisbury isn’t underappreciated – we all know they’re amazing and the regular top dog in the NCAA.
Now, let’s highlight some organizations that have earned some respect among the underappreciated lacrosse masses.
Underappreciated Division III Men’s Lacrosse Programs
Located in Granville, Ohio, Denison is anything but underappreciated in the Midwest. But the fact remains that anyone outside of the Midwest doesn’t understand the significant of the sustained success that the Big Red bring to the table. Other teams – Hope, Albion, Aurora, IWU, OWU – do it really well, but Denison does it best.
A typical Denison season over the last 10 years looks like this: win 15-plus games, play a strong non-conference schedule, play Ohio Wesleyan extremely tight but win most of the time, beat a ranked team or two from our east, lose to Salisbury in May. The Big Red are an icon in the NCAC conference, the Midwest, and if they were located a few hours east, they probably wouldn’t make this list of undervalued Division III men’s lacrosse programs.
I respect the hell out of a program that works as hard, travels as far, and wins as much as Colorado Springs’ Colorado College. If you look at the team’s schedule, it is a hodgepodge of Division II and Division III lacrosse teams from all over the country. These guys have had a “play anyone, anywhere” attitude born out of necessity, but it’s grown into their identity.
Colorado College’s record over the last 10 years isn’t as consistent as some others, like Denison, but every one in a while, it catches magic in a bottle. Just remember the second round of the 2018 Division III championship.
Wesleyan, Amherst, and Tufts are the names we often think about when discussing elite Division III men’s lacrosse. Not only are they all members of the NESCAC, but seven of the last 10 Division III title games have included at least one of these teams.
Flashback to 2000 through 2002, and we remember a Middlebury team that won three-consecutive championships, then lost in the ultimate game to Salisbury in 2003 and 2005. This is a program with tremendous pedigree that elevated the entire conference to what it is today.
But all this talk about the past isn’t what makes Middlebury underappreciated. It’s the fact that, despite not having won the conference recently, it remains competitive:
2016 – 12-7, lost in NCAA Tournament first round, 11-10, to Springfield
2017 – 9-9, lost to Tufts, 16-13, beat Amherst, 12-11, in NESCAC Quarterfinals, and narrowly defeated by Wesleyan, 9-8, in the NESCAC Final
2018 – 9-7, lost to Tufts, 13-10 and 16-12
2019 – 8-9, beat Wesleyan, 11-7, in NESCAC Quarterfinals, lost to Tufts ,14-13, in the NESCAC Final
The records are a result of strong in-and-out-of-conference play, and while Middlebury hasn’t been able to win the conference as of late, it did get an NCAA Tournament bid in 2016. This is a team that will punish you if you play anything less than perfect. There isn’t a Division III men’s lacrosse coach on the East Coast who looks at Middlebury on the schedule without an unsettled stomach.
Underappreciated Programs Series
Check out the teams from other men’s divisions of college lacrosse that don’t get the love they should:
NAIA | MCLA | Division II | Division I
Championship Replay: #6 Cavaliers to Face #7 Amherst in NCAA Championship Debut
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2019 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Championship
No. 6 Cabrini University Cavaliers (21-2) vs. No. 7 Amherst College Mammoths (18-3)
Sunday, May 26, 4pm
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Watch the Beyond Unbelievable 2019 Championship Replay
2019 Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Bracket
2019 Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Digital Program
It’s go time. @CabriniMLAX is primed and ready to make history #GoCabrini pic.twitter.com/dH8FXLfzQ5— CabriniAthletics (@CabriniCavs) May 26, 2019
What’s At Stake?
Nothing more needs to be said. It’s a great day to make history. Let’s go @CabriniMLAX #GoCabrini #Be1-0Today pic.twitter.com/53x8w08rOj— CabriniAthletics (@CabriniCavs) May 26, 2019
The winner of Sunday’s championship game will claim the first NCAA championship in the history of the program. Both Cabrini and Amherst are making their first ever appearance in the NCAA title game.
The Cavaliers avenged both of its regular season losses en route to Sunday’s title game, as Cabrini topped York and Salisbury. The Blue and White’s 11-10 overtime victory at York snapped a string of four consecutive quarterfinal round losses.
On Sunday, Cabrini upset No. 2 Salisbury 16-13, securing its first appearance in the championship round. The win marked the first over the Sea Gulls in the program’s six postseason meetings.
Amherst is making their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth in a row. The Mammoths scored a 13-11 victory over conference rival Tufts in the team’s first quarterfinal appearance since 2016. Amherst avenged its NESCAC tournament loss to No. 5 Williams, as its 12-8 win secured its place in Sunday’s title game.
How Cabrini Got Here
The Cavaliers rank as one of the nation’s top two way-teams, as the club boasts the nation’s 11th ranked offense and fifth ranked scoring defense. The team also ranks in the nation’s top 25 in 14 NCAA statistical categories, with top 10 rankings in eight categories, including scoring margin, man-up offense, man-down defense, turnovers and ground balls.
The Blue and White rides the strength of a balanced offensive attack that features four players with at least 40 goals and six with at least 40 points. Senior Jordan Krug, the program’s all-time points leader, leads the unit with 108 points on the season. His 73 goals are tied with Damian Sobieski for the program’s single season mark, while his 231 career markers are two shy of short Reimer’s career record.
Sophomore Kyle Tucker and senior Bill Morgan have marked the scoring column 47 and 40 times, respectively, while junior Jakob Klein tops the table with 46 assists, while his 80 points are second on the team.
Senior goaltender Riley White mans the Cabrini pipes with 6.62 goals against average, fourth in Division III. The senior has posted 171 saves on the season and sports a .572 save percentage.
Atlantic East Defensive Player of the Year Tommy DeLuca anchors a stingy defensive unit that caused 12.52 turnovers per game, 19thin the country. The junior’s 2.61 caused turnovers per game rank 23rd in Division III, while seniors Sean Wagner and Nick Vass join junior Kyle Myers with at least 20 caused turnovers on the season.
Sophomore faceoff specialist Luke McCallion sparks the Cabrini attack, as the team owns a .578 win percentage at the X. McCallion has won more than 200 draws on the season with a team-leading 93 ground balls, while freshman Jake Huey sports a .667 win percentage.
How Amherst Got Here
Winners of four in a row and seven of its last eight games, Amherst brings a high powered offensive attack into Saturday’s championship game. The Mammoths score 17.81 goals per game, ranking fifth in Division III. The club also lists among the nation’s leaders in points and assists, while its man-up unit converts at a .508 clip, fourth in the country.
Amherst is led by 2019 Iroquois National Outstanding Player of the Year Evan Wolf. The junior has netted 73 scores and added 42 helpers for 115 total points. The only Division III student-athlete to earn a spot on the prestigious Tewaaraton Watch List, Wolf ranks 12th in the nation in points per game (5.48) and 24th in the country in goals per game (3.48).
The trio of juniors Colin Minicus, Matt Solberg and Jon Coffey, along with Wolf, have combined to score 334 of the team’s 609 points and more than 56% of its goals on the season.
Netminder Gib Versfeld has controlled the Amherst crease in each of the team’s last six games, leadings its NCAA tournament run. The sophomore has allowed just 10 goals per game over a stretch that has include games with 18, 19 and 20 save efforts.
The Mammoth’s defensive effort includes 10 players who have caused at least 10 turnovers on the season. Junior Rod Castro leads the way with 37 forced miscues and 44 ground balls, while sophomore James Crovatto has forces 31 caused turnovers and scored six goals.
Freshman Juan Gonzalez and junior Dylan Finazzo manned the X for the majority of Amherst’s draw this season. The rookie sports a .547 win percentage and leads the club with 88 ground balls, while Finazzo have won .600 of his 185 chances.
Cabrini Last Time Out: No. 6 Cabrini 16, No. 2 Salisbury 13 (5/19/2019, Salisbury, MD)
The Cavaliers secured their first championship appearance with dominant performances in the first and fourth quarters, as Cabrini scored its first postseason win over Salisbury.
Cabrini ran out to a 6-2 first quarter lead before the Sea Gulls rallied in the second. The home team turned the tables in the second period, outscoring the Cavaliers 7-2, taking a 9-8 lead at the half. The game remained tight through the third quarter, as the game went to the fourth tied at 11.
Both teams scored early in the fourth, but with the score tied at 12 with 12 minutes to play, the Cavaliers took over. At the 11:17 mark, junior Tyler Kostack gave Cabrini a lead it would not relinquish. Klein and Krug pushed the scoring run to three, as the Blue and White built a 15-12 cushion with 5:16 on the clock.
In the fourth quarter alone, the Cavaliers outshot Salisbury 10-3 and pressured the Sea Gulls into seven of its 18 turnovers.
Krug paced the Blue and White with a career high seven goals on just eight shots in the win. Kostack, Klein and classmate Mike Gerzabek joined Tucker with two goals each.
Senior Sean Wagner paired four caused turnovers and three ground balls, while junior Robert Cressman and DeLuca caused two each and combined for seven ground balls.
McCallion went 12-30 at the faceoff spot on the day, including four in the decisive fourth quarter, and secured six ground balls. White anchored the Blue and White defensive effort with nine saves, claiming his 42nd career win.
Amherst Last Time Out: No. 7 Amherst 12, No. 5 Williams 8 (5/19/2019, Williamstown, MA)
Amherst avenged the third of its regular season losses with Sunday’s semifinal victory over the Ephs. With its win over No. 3 Tufts in the quarterfinal round, the Mammoths avenged its losses in just five days.
The Mammoths dominated the opening 15 minutes of play, building a 4-0 cushion with 6:19 left in the first quarter. Williams climbed back into the game in the second quarter and outscored Amherst 4-1 in the third to build an 8-7 lead with 15 minutes to play.
Jon Coffey evened the score in the first minute of the final stanza and the Mammoths never looked back, scoring five fourth quarter goals on just 11 shots to put the game away.
Colin Minicus led the Mammoths with three goals and two helpers, while Matt Solberg joined Coffey with two goals in the win. Luke Mallette caused three turnovers, with Jimmy McAfee and Dylan Finazzo combining for 13 ground balls. Gib Versfeld recorded eight saves in the victory.
|TALE OF THE TAPE|
|No. 6 Cabrini||No. 7 Amherst|
|21-2, 6-0 Atlantic East||Record||18-3, 8-2 NESCAC|
|Jordan Krug (73)||Goals||Evan Wolf (73)|
|Jakob Klein (46)||Assists||Colin Minicus (48)|
|Jordan Krug (108)||Points||Evan Wolf (115)|
|Luke McCallion (93)||Ground Balls||Juan Gonzalez (88)|
|Tommy DeLuca (60)||Caused Turnovers||Rod Castro (37)|
|Luke McCallion (.573)||Faceoff Percentage||Juan Gonzalez (.547)|
|Riley White (.572)||Save Percentage||Gib Verfeld (.569)|
2019 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams
All of a sudden, we are down to four.
The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse semifinals are set, with Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke fighting for the title.
The semifinals will be played on Saturday, setting the stage for the National Championship on Monday.
Here is everything you need to know.What schools are playing for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse title?
The four schools remaining are Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke.
Penn State faces Yale in the first semifinal, with Virginia and Duke clashing in an ACC battle for a spot in the National Championship.When are the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse semifinals and final?
The first semifinal matchup is on Saturday, May 25, at 12:00 p.m. The second semifinal will take place roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game, with an anticipated start time of 2:30 p.m.
The National Championship will be held on Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m.Where can I watch and live stream the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse semifinals and final?
All three games will be aired on live television on ESPN2.
Each game is available for stream on WatchESPN.How did each team get here?
The No. 1 overall seeded Penn State Nittany Lions have cruised into the Final Four. They defeated Loyola (Md.) 21-14 in the quarterfinals after beating UMBC 25-10 in the first round. Penn State has lost just one game all season and should be the favorites to take home the title.
In one of the best games of the tournament, Yale narrowly edged University of Pennsylvania 19-18 in the quarterfinal for the opportunity to face Penn State in the semifinals. Yale defeated Georgetown in their opening game of the tournament.
In a controversy game-tying goal with just seconds remaining, Virginia edged out Maryland 13-12 in overtime for a spot in the semifinals. They cruised by Robert Morris, 19-10, in their first-round matchup.
The third one-goal victory of the quarterfinals belonged to Duke, who defeated Notre Dame 14-13 in the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils have been tested throughout the tournament, as they just slid by Richmond, 12-11, in their opening matchup.
If the past couple rounds are any indication, his weekend should bring exciting lacrosse for everyone.
ECAC Announces 2019 Women’s Lacrosse Championship Field
ECAC Announces 2019 Women’s Lacrosse Championship FieldBracket
DANBURY, Conn. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced the 2019 Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship field. The first-round play will begin on Wednesday, May 9.
In Pod 1, No. 4 Neumann University (11-8) will travel to the top overall seed No. 1 Drew University (14-4). No. 3 Pfeiffer University (10-1) will head to host No. 2 Marymount University (12-7).
In Pod 2, No. 3 DeSales University (10-7) will host No. 2 Cabrini University (11-8). No. 1 FDU – Florham finished the year with a record of 10-8 and will receive a bye. The Devils will host the weekend.
First Round – Wednesday, May 8 at Drew University
Game 1: No. 1 Drew University (14-4) will host No. 4 Neumann University (11-8) – 7 p.m.
First Round – Wednesday, May 8 at Marymount University
Game 2: No. 2 Marymount University (12-7) will host No. 3 Pfeiffer University (10-1) – 4 p.m.
First Round – Wednesday, May 8 at DeSales University
Game 3: No. 3 DeSales University (10-7) will host No. 2 Cabrini University (11-8) – 7:30 p.m.
Semifinals – Saturday, May 11 at FDU – Florham
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 – 11:00 a.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. FDU – Florham – 2:00 p.m.
Championship – Sunday, May 12 at FDU – Florham
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 – 1:00 p.m.
*Game times subject to change.ABOUT THE ECAC
Established in 1938, the ECAC is the nation’s largest Conference, ranging in location from Maine to Georgia, and westerly to Missouri. The ECAC hosts numerous championships in men’s and women’s sports across Divisions I, II and III, offering opportunities for thousands of student-athletes. For more information, visit www.ecacsports.com.
Stay updated on the latest news, championships and more by connecting with the ECAC on Facebook (ECACSports), Twitter (@ECACSports) and Instagram (@ECACSports).
|14.01 January||Philadelphia – Pittsburgh||6: 3|
|16.01 January||Philadelphia – Pittsburgh||5: 2|
|17.01 January||Pittsburgh – Washington||4: 3|
|20.01 January||Pittsburgh – Washington||5: 4|
|23.01 January||Pittsburgh – Rangers||4: 3|
|25.01 January||Pittsburgh – Rangers||3: 2|
|27.01 January||Boston – Pittsburgh||3: 2|
|29.01 January||Boston – Pittsburgh||4: 1|
|31.01 January||Rangers – Pittsburgh||4: 5|
|02.02 February||Rangers – Pittsburgh||3: 1|
|05.02 03:00 February||Pittsburgh – New Jersey||–|
|07.02 February||Islanders – Pittsburgh||4: 3|
|12.02 February||Islanders – Pittsburgh||3: 4|
|14.02 February||Pittsburgh – Washington||6: 3|
|17.02 February||Pittsburgh – Washington||1: 3|
|19.02 February||Pittsburgh – Islanders||4: 1|
|21.02 February||Pittsburgh – Islanders||3: 2|
|24.02 February||Washington – Pittsburgh||2: 3|
|26.02 February||Washington – Pittsburgh||5: 2|
|28.02 February||Islanders – Pittsburgh||3: 4|
|01.03 March||Islanders – Pittsburgh||2: 0|
|03.03 March||Pittsburgh – Philadelphia||5: 2|
|05.03 March||Pittsburgh – Philadelphia||3: 4|
|06.03 March||Pittsburgh – Philadelphia||4: 3|
|08.03 March||Pittsburgh – Rangers||5: 1|
|10.03 March||Pittsburgh – Rangers||4: 2|
|12.03 March||Buffalo – Pittsburgh||2: 5|
|14.03 March||Buffalo – Pittsburgh||0: 3|
|16.03 March||Pittsburgh – Boston||4: 1|
|17.03 March||Pittsburgh – Boston||1: 2|
|19.03 March||New Jersey – Pittsburgh||3: 2|
|20.03 March||New Jersey – Pittsburgh||1: 3|
|21.03 March||Pittsburgh – New Jersey||1: 2|
|21.03 20:00 March||New Jersey – Pittsburgh||–|
|25.03 March||Pittsburgh – Buffalo||5: 2|
|26.03 March||Pittsburgh – Buffalo||4: 0|
|28.03 March||Pittsburgh – Islanders||6: 3|
|31.03 March||Pittsburgh – Islanders||2: 1|
|02.04 April||Boston – Pittsburgh||1: 4|
|03.04 April||Boston – Pittsburgh||7: 5|
|07.04 April||Rangers – Pittsburgh||8: 4|
|09.04 02:00 April||Rangers – Pittsburgh||-: –|
|12.04 02:00 April||New Jersey – Pittsburgh||-: –|
|04.16 02:00 April||Pittsburgh – Philadelphia||-: –|
|17.04 22:00 April||Buffalo – Pittsburgh||-: –|
|04.21 02:00 April||Buffalo – Pittsburgh||-: –|
|04.24 April||Pittsburgh – New Jersey||-: –|
|24.04 19:30 April||Pittsburgh – New Jersey||-: –|
|04.25 22:00 April||Pittsburgh – Boston||-: –|
|28.04 02:00 April||Pittsburgh – Boston||-: –|
|thirty.04 02:00 April||Washington – Pittsburgh||-: –|
|02.05 02:00 May||Washington – Pittsburgh||-: –|
|04.05 02:00 May||Philadelphia – Pittsburgh||-: –|
|05.05 02:00 May||Philadelphia – Pittsburgh||-: –|
|07.05 02:00 May||Pittsburgh – Buffalo||-: –|
|09.05 02:00 May||Pittsburgh – Buffalo||-: –|
Gavrilenko makes history, Pinsk overtakes U18, the “lions” and “lynxes” are moping.Extraliga 2020/21 regularity – almost all
Interesting facts, records and goals – in the traditional Hockey.by review.
Gomel – Dynamo-Molodechno – 1: 3
The Lynx suffered their sixth defeat in seven games, but that doesn’t mean anything. Everything will start again soon, with a score of 0: 0. And if you manage to at least reach the first semifinal since 2017, then this ending will be forgotten.
Dynamo is approaching the pause before the playoffs in a good mood. Once again, the youth of the Molodechens showed themselves excellently. The 30th point of the season was scored by Alexander Suvorov, who assisted Pavel Kopytin in the first goal of Andrei Grishchenko.
But Suvorov’s serious achievements overshadowed the equally cool performance of 17-year-old defender Dmitry Kuzmin. The 2021 NHL Draft nominee not only made two assists on Monday, but also broke the extraliga scoring record for defenders his age with 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 45 appearances.Earlier, Dmitry Deryabin was the best defensive player among hockey players under 18 years old, who scored 11 (1 + 10) points in 19 matches of the 2016/17 championship as part of the youth team.
The safety puck in the match was scored by 18-year-old striker Yegor Klavdiev. From the transfer of the same Kuzmin.
We also note that Alexander Korenov became the fourth hockey player after Mikhail Stefanovich, Andrey Feklistov and Nikita Remezov, who reached 20 goals in the regular season.In addition, now Alexander is the tenth player of Gomel to conquer this peak. And of these, only the second is local (the first is Evgeny Solomonov).
Metallurg – Neman – 3: 1
By the way, about Solomonov. An experienced Wolves forward gave a powerful performance, which made one large Metallurg fan sit in the stands with an open mouth, and the local girls – to rejoice.
Evgeniy scored two great goals, one of them in the minority, and brought the number of goals in the championships of Belarus to 190.In the elite, only 10 hockey players scored more than Solomonov, of which four are active – Zhidkikh (270), Andrushchenko (263), Materukhin (237), Slysh (199). The age of Eugene (in May he will only turn 31) allows us to hope that the forward will still push some of these legends.
Also, the first goal after moving to Zhlobin was scored by Ilya Kazyanin. In the previous four matches, the newcomer of the “wolves” was not marked with effective points, but now here is the winning puck.
Lokomotiv – Mogilev – 2: 0
The head coach of the hosts Igor Zhilinsky called this match the worst of the season for his team.Probably, he was very upset that Ilya Tsulygin failed to score a lacrosse goal. But we ask the Loko helmsman not to worry, after all, lacrosse assists are even rarer.
Pavel Kurdyukov worked very well on a penny (we note at least some positive for Igor Zhilinsky).
After all the problems of the Orsha team, finishing the regular season in seventh place is not a bad result. Back in December, the “railroad workers” closed the table, and in the end they brought 23 points to “Mogilev” and lagged behind “Neman” by 15 points.Therefore, local fans still have reason for restrained optimism.
What can not be said about the situation in which the “lions” are. Rylkov’s men have lost 16 of their last 17 matches and ended the smooth championship with seven straight defeats. One victory in 2021 before the two-legged confrontation with Chemist screams that 26 and 28 February will be difficult for the Lions.
Chemist – Brest – 4: 0
Victor Gavrilenko made history in the last match of the regular season.He has already completed his fifth hat-trick in his career, once again updating the record of Novopolotsk citizens.
Vitaly Valui, Andrei Gusov, Alexei Krutikov, Artur Lachauniek, Artem Mentyuk, Dmitry Rudak, Alexei Strakhov, Denis Tydnyuk – all these hockey players have thrown 3+ goals only twice in a Belarusian championship match in the form of oilmen. Igor Leonenko has three such fights. Gavrilenko broke away from everyone. Here and before the league record, which is shared by Gennady Savilov and Alexander Materukhin (7 each), not far.
True, only one of these hat-tricks Viktor scored not in the “B” extraleague, and even that one against Mogilev in 2017. But now the residents of Novopolotsk have a real chance to return to the elite, and Gavrilenko will have the opportunity to prove to everyone that he is capable of such feats in the strongest division.
Both teams were allowed to play all the goalkeepers declared for the match. Only Shpilev and Vashkevich didn’t concede, while Bronnikov and Goryachevskikh got two goals each.
Despite the absence of goals scored, Brest forward Dmitry Samsonov stayed at the top of the B-league extraleague scorer list. 37 (18 + 19) points in 38 matches – the final indicators of the most productive hockey player in the division.
Pinsk hawks – Belarus U18 – 4: 3
Poleshuki still took the fifth place out of the hands of the junior team. The puck of Vladimir Rovba, scored in the 52nd minute, became decisive in this fascinating match.Cool solo pass, helped by the fall of U18 defender Nikita Zhikharev.
Artem Logunov did not use an excellent chance to score the second goal of the season – he hit the post when the opponent’s goal was empty. The Hawks forward will spend the whole summer wondering what is going wrong. This season, he scored only once in 35 matches, in the past – 11 in 63, the year before last – 18 in 44. The trend is downward. We, of course, wish him to return to his former performance.
See below for the highlights of the meeting from Pinsk.
Lida – Vitebsk – 3: 2
Lida has once again demonstrated that it is not in vain that it keeps young people in its squad. Again, Yegor Shklyarevsky scored with the scored points, who finished the regular season with 10 (3 + 7) points in 10 meetings.
He gave a cool pass to Pavel Marschenok in the episode with the second goal of the “knights”. The cool interaction of the forwards is striking.
The first point in the seventh match in the Extraliga was scored by 16-year-old “knight” Maxim Yakunin.This is not only another confirmation of the fact that Eduard Valiullin trusts young people, but also an important moment in the history of Lida hockey – for the first time in the main squad of the “knights” a local pupil distinguished himself with a score.
This time, Maxim Lemeshevsky could not leave the guests. But the 18-year-old Vitebsk striker still finishes the reguyarka with the title of the best sniper of the extraleague “B”, which he shares with the aforementioned Dmitry Samsonov. It remains to scare Metalurh Zhlobin a little in the transitional tournament, then it will definitely be possible to think about raising.
All goals from Lida are collected in the following video.
Almost the final table of Division A, the position of the teams in which can only be changed by Shakhtar’s victory over Yunost in regulation time. Any other outcome will leave everything as it is now.
In Extraliga “B” the regular season is officially over. Moreover, most of the teams have already decided on a place in the table some time ago.Let us note once again that on Monday the Pinsk hawks snatched the fifth line from the hands of the junior team – this was the only intrigue of the last round.
Young defender of “Dynamo-Molodechno” Dmitry Kuzmin not only gave two assists, but also finished the meeting with Gomel with a rating of “+2”. He helped in the attack, coped with the duties in defense, and now became the third star of the day.
Igor Zhilinsky , maybe he didn’t like everything in the match against Mogilev, but he hardly has big claims to Alexey Merzlov. The Loko goalkeeper not only saved all 23 shots of the opponent, making the second shutout of the season, but was also recognized as the second star of Monday.
The first star of the tour is Metallurg forward Evgeniy Solomonov . The experienced striker recalled that he has a great shot and scored twice.
Lida defender Denis Malishevsky joined the attack at the right moment.He made Vitebsk goalkeeper Maksim Zhuravsky surrender with a throw from an uncomfortable hand. As a result, this puck was victorious. In his shifts, Denis did not miss, and therefore receives the title of the third star of the evening.
Another author of the winning puck “hawk” Vladimir Rovba took the initiative into his own hands and made the right decision. The 23-year-old striker’s goal put his team in fifth place in the table. In the current situation, more could not be done. Thus the second star of the tour was born.
The first star of Monday in the second division is from Novopolotsk Viktor Gavrilenko . Three goals against Brest speak for themselves.
There is only one match left in the regular season. On February 23, we will face an epic battle for the first place in the A-league between Yunost and Shakhtar. The meeting starts at 18:45.
Then there is a short break in the championship until February 26, when the transition tournament starts.See the full schedule and all the results of the extra league here.
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Text: Konstantin Korablev
News HC “Traktor” – Draft 2010. Pre-election campaign. Foreigners
On the lists of applicants – 490 compatriots and representatives of the “near abroad”, a hundred each from Europe and NHL. Objectively, the situation with respect to foreigners is as follows: the KHL’s chances for “Tidbit” is inversely proportional to the distance from the territory where The “piece” lives and develops.Hence the ratio of our sample: 8 Europeans for 2 overseas guests.
There are four conditions under which young North Americans may still end up in Russia: 1) the most plausible is the NHL lockout; 2) player conflict due to salaries / unwillingness to play in a particular team; 3) the conflict between the player and the team because of an unfair (in his opinion) non-inclusion in the main team; four) crazy salary for a junior that he will never receive in the first three seasons in the NHL.Formally, there is a fifth option. The Canadian / American still comes to KHL. But not as a junior, but in the rank of a frayed star who wants to earn extra money for a dignified old age and the kids for milk.
It’s easier with the Europeans: prose in the genre of realism triumphs. We are visited (sometimes not for long) like the Far North: in order to raise money in a year as in two or three, sometimes diluting it with a standard compliment: “The KHL is an interesting, second strongest league in a world in which horror is like a desire to try yourself. “Plus, there is a large a group of really cool players who may be too tough for the NHL for a variety of objective reasons. Let’s start with them.
1. Sami Vatanen (Finland, 1991)
Pre-Draft Defender The NHL named Anaheim as their favorite team and Scott Niedermeier as their idol. Coincidence or not, but it was the “ducks” that he was chosen in the fourth round (due to the modest dimensions). At the same time, Vatanen surprised with his calmness, informing that he is not going to experience unnecessary stress about the round / number and excessive pathos about whether or not I should be drafted in the NHL.
Generally the guy is pretty resistant to stress, reasonable beyond the year and not afraid to make mistakes. “All sorts of things happen. Don’t be afraid to be wrong – everyone is wrong. Need to wake up the next day and move forward. ” At the same time, absolutely it is unclear when Vatanen is sleeping. During his school years, it often happened that he went to the rink after training and played there with friends all night. And then a short respite went to school again. And this could go on for five days all day long.
His first goal in Finnish he scored in the extra league in the fifth game, and in total this season he issued 10 goals, including 3 to the playoffs, spending an average of 20 minutes per game. Having scored 30 points in Regular season, Vatanen set a record for rookie defenders. In the manner of playing he similar to Lubomir Wisniewski. Comparison with Kimmo Timonen also suggests itself. So far signed by the Jyväskylä club until 2012. Admire two of its spectacular (and important!) washers at the 2010 world youth championship against the Czechs, scored in the third period with the score 1: 3, where Vatanen demonstrates his excellent skating, understanding of the game and possession of the club.
2. Kalle Jarnkrok (Sweden, 1991)
Junior from a hockey family, which is not uncommon for Sweden (his father played a defender in the first division thirty years ago). Kalle is not to say that he is especially popular on the world level, but at home they talk about him quite a lot and in bright colors. Celebrate it resemblance to the young Niklas Backstrom, the ability to play anywhere on the court and carry out any coaching task, be it a majority, a minority, and even, despite the mediocre physical characteristics, tough game in the body and at the sides.His the progress this season is called “incredible” by the scouts.
Kalle is different highly professional approach to their activities. Few of his guys age with the same thoroughness approaches nutrition, sleep, preparing outside ice. He significantly improved in physics and grew, having turned in the past couple of years from a child to a peasant, from a skinny toddler to hockey player of decent conditions.
Kalle is shy but stands firmly on his feet and knows well what he wants.Combination of talent and desire can lift it very high, even if it is not listed among the first stars in the 2010 North American Draft. His favorite team is Detroit and role models – Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Backstrom, partner in Brunes (with which Kalle has a contract until 2012) Andreas Dakkel. Translated from Swedish his last name means “iron hook” and this is not an empty coincidence: washer really sticks to his club, like magnetized.
3. Niklas Luzenius (Finland, 1989)
Purposeful guy, playing in a North American style. At the age of 15, Niklas left for a year as a student. USA under the exchange program. Gnawing the granite of science, in parallel he improved hockey skills in the Pennsylvania high school league. The teams there consisted of 10 human, and Lucenius could play as much as he wanted. According to him, this the trip helped change his hockey mindset. Aggressive center, able to play on the edge, Lucenius is among the players who progress slowly but surely.He has improved significantly this season, becoming the third scorer of “Tappara” both in the championship (46 points against 11 in the 2009 season), so and into the playoffs.
Niklas doesn’t think big problem its main disadvantage – skating, which pulls slowness. “I think quickly and make decisions quickly – at least at the Finnish level. super league “. In addition, he is very strong in martial arts and does not shy away from rough work.
Selected by Atlanta under # 115, Luzenius has a 1 + 1 contract with Tappara, and back to the US is not torn.This means that one of the KHL clubs has a chance to strengthen their power component.
4. Radko Gudas (Czech Republic, 1990)
Became one of the best this year’s Western Hockey League rookies. Combines percussive hits with fights and reliable play in defense, which is confirmed by the fourth in the league usefulness – “plus 45 “in 65 games for Everett.
Radko – worthy heir to his father Leo, who was one of the really tough Czechs in stories.However, the products they currently give out in WHL (7 pucks and 30 gears) is intriguing as it was practically irrelevant in the Czech Republic. Maybe this means that Radko reveals himself better in small venues. North America. He does not have particularly outstanding physical data (183 cm, 85 kg), but the opponents prefer to change direction rather than bump into it.
Defender resembling Scott Stevens and who dreams of being like Dion Fanuf, loves chocolate, swimming and sleeping.“When I first started figure skating,” says Gladly – I was 2 or 3 years old. Then, at 3 or 4, my father just put me on the ice for me to play. He decided everything for me. Since then, hockey has simply become part of my life. The biggest part. I never thought if I wanted to play or no. Because I always wanted to play. ”
Now Radko expects the outcome of drafts, and has every reason to be noticed.
5. Nino Niederreiter (Switzerland, 1992)
Forward’s double the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Youth Championship against the Russian national team brought Switzerland a ticket to the semi-finals.Hardly Russian fans (and coaches) forget that. His top notch performances this season have brought him in a set of 50 goals scored: 36 in the WHL regular season, 8 in the same place, but in the playoffs, and 6 – at the youth championship. He managed to make his debut at an adult level, at world championship in Germany. Speed, power, technique, rigidity, throw, excellent puck control, leadership qualities – all this is in Niederreiter, as well as the opportunity to become a world hockey star.
Although El Niño considers the NHL to be its main goal, dreaming of becoming the first “long-playing” Swiss striker in this league, no one knows how his fate will turn out for by the ocean. The opinion of the junior himself: “I don’t want to wonder if I will play in the NHL in a year or two. I have to develop step by step. Of course I would like play the NHL, but you never know what’s going to happen in the next few years old. It is influenced by the position of your team, injuries … and many different things. “If it does not work out, like all of his predecessors-attackers, where is Nino will go then?
6. Alexi Laakso (Finland, 1990)
Debut in big hockey It was surprisingly easy for this small-sized defender. Moreover, he spent his first season in the Finnish elite league is stronger than his three years in juniors, and became the second most effective defender in the team! His understanding of the game, puck control, attacking capabilities meet the highest standards.True, there are also minor mistakes in defense, and the “force presence” practically not noticeable. But overall it is really useful and a qualified defender who is able to successfully prove himself in the most crucial moments.
A twenty year old player contract with Espoo until 2012. Maybe he will not become a star of the first magnitude, but in this situation it is just bread for the KHL.
7. Jan Kana (Czech Republic, 1990)
Already very experienced (in active even a year of appearances in the Quebec league at the age of 17) and smart, a bit aggressive forward worker.Small, but the size is sometimes it advantage! Cana was among the best Czechs in the last two youth world championships. The transition to the adult level is still difficult for him (for short career at Vitkovice, he spent 12 matches in which he made only one transfer), but coach Gadamchik considers this a temporary obstacle and his praises: “He has gained experience and must now gain a firm place in the Czech extraleague “.
Cana himself does not want to listen these praises.“We finished one youth championship in sixth place, the second in seventh. They really wanted to succeed, but they did not succeed. What is there glory! Thanks to television, all my acquaintances and friends saw that we did not there were successful performances (although the player had 10 goals and 6 assists in 12 matches). We became the object of jokes, ”says Kana. And meaningfully adds: “I think this is normal. Who plays hockey knows that this happens periodically.But I’ll be back. ” Indeed, the failures of early adolescence often only builds character. And who knows what victories they will turn into the future.
8. Juonas Donskoy (Finland, 1992)
“He reminds me Ovechkin, throws from the right hand with the bottom and plays on the left wing, “writes one of scouts. And Finnish fans notice that his skills are unusual for Finnish players: Yuonas looks more like a Russian or a Czech on the ice.
With last statement it’s hard to disagree.The guy’s surname is clearly not Finnish. Immediately born association with Prince Dmitry Donskoy, who successfully opposed at one time Mongol-Tatar invasion. So what prevents Yuonas from showing himself in the future? in Russia, as has already been done by another Finn with a Russian surname – Leo Komarov?
Donskoy is still producing more modest statistics than the more popular Pulkkinen and Granlund, but has potential like both of this pair. Rationally using your hard work, graceful skating, agility and skill, the striker should very soon turn into a good sniper.He already has 2 debut pucks and assists on his account. in 18 matches of the Finnish Extraliga.
9. Derek Stepan (USA, 1990)
Center-forward, prospect The Rangers have had a great year becoming World Youth Champion with the best statistics in the USA team (5 + 10) and the second (12 + 42) in the American championship colleges. Derek became one of the “killers” of the Russian national team in the 2009 super series with the USA team with 8 (1 + 7) points in 4 matches. The head coach of his Wisconsin team Mike Ives says that “he comes to the rink with ideas about what and how he wants to do in order to be better, and thanks to this he moves forward. “His are compared with Kesler, Pavelski, Zeyjak, but the attacking potential is considered even higher. The most accurate comparison is with Chris Drury, thanks to similar leadership qualities. Stepan is good in all three zones, almost does not accept wrong decisions, ideal team player, mature beyond his years passer, good defensively, but very rarely violates the letter hockey law. He does not do mind-blowing things, but he achieves result due to the high IQ of their actions.
Let’s hope that, thanks to the lockout, we will one day see this hockey player with a Slavic surname in the ranks of the KHL club.
10. Tyler Seguin (Canada, 1992)
People get bumps sometimes in strange ways. Take, for example, how Seguin the child learned punctuality. While attending St Michael’s College in Toronto, he was late for the first compulsory subject is music. His ninth-grade classmates for this time chose their instrument on which they had to practice.And Tyler I didn’t have to choose. He got the clarinet – the last one left. Since Seguin tries not to be late.
He is not so gifted with nature like Hall. But the scouts first of all note his bright head. Tyler a very mature young man for his age, because he always played an environment where people were older than him. He is grateful to the lacrosse, from which bruises all over his body, for the development of speed, dexterity and strength of the hands.He is no stranger to starting in life not from the first position. For example, when he was selected in the OHL draft, he was only ninth, unlike Hall (2) or Stemkos (1). It took him 16 games to open an account with his pucks. Progress is progressive, but true, improvements are not in individual components of the game, but in all at once – these are his priorities in hockey.
Seguin dreams in his life to meet three people – Scotty Bowman, Wayne Gretzky and Barack Obama.It will be a long journey, especially regarding the latter – but knowing Tyler’s consistency in business, you can be sure that one day such acquaintance will happen.
2019 World Cup – Elite Division – Vancouver – Victoria, Canada
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Yuri Fimin – head coach of the Amur Tigers
One of the brightest players in the history of Khabarovsk hockey, Yuri Fimin, has become the head coach of the Amurskie Tigry MHC.
Born on July 2, 1967. Forward, master of sports, spent 16 seasons as part of the teams SKA, SKA-Amur, Amur, three-time champion of the USSR Armed Forces, silver medalist of the USSR championship as part of CSKA, winner of the Russian Championship in the Major League of the 1995/96 season, for many seasons – assistant head coach of the Amur-2 and Amur Tigers teams, head coach of the Amur junior team in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons.
Coach for working with defenders – Valery Davletshin
Born on February 1, 1964.Pupil of the Ufa hockey, master of sports. Bronze medalist of the Championship of the International Hockey League – 1995, winner of the European Federation Cup-1995. He played as a defender in the clubs “Avangard” (Ufa), “Salavat Yulaev”, “Sportina” (Slovenia).
He worked as a coach at Salavat Yulaev, at the Amur Children’s and Youth Sports School, was a member of the coaching staff of the Russian junior team, headed the SKIF women’s hockey team. In seasons 2014/15 and 2016/17 – head coach of MHC Amur Tigers. In the 2015/16 season he worked as a coach of HC Amur.
Coach – Andrey Kiselev
Born on May 27, 1977. A pupil of the Khabarovsk hockey school. As a player, he played as a defender at a professional level. For a long time he played in the Khabarovsk “Cupid” (spent more than 150 meetings for him in his career). He spent several seasons in the German DEL. He also played for the teams of the Belarusian Extraliga, the championship of Kazakhstan and the Higher League. As part of Karaganda “Saryarka” became the champion of Kazakhstan of the 2009/10 season.
After the end of his playing career, he began his coaching career at the Amur Children’s and Youth Sports School. In the 2014/15 season, he moved to the position of senior administrator of HC Amur. Before the 2015/16 season, he was invited to play the role of the head coach of the Amur Tigers youth hockey team.
Goalkeeper coach – Alexander Byzov
Born on April 29, 1974. Pupil of the Nizhny Tagil hockey school. Spent 14 seasons in the Major League of Russian Hockey.Bronze medalist of the World Championship (Division A) in the national team of Kazakhstan. Since 2008, he switched to coaching. For the last two seasons he worked as a coach of goalkeepers of the Ust-Kamenogorsk Torpedo.
Physical training coach – Alexey Ryschenkov
Born September 3, 1966. A specialist in the functional training of hockey players, working on their coordination capabilities, agility and other physical qualities. Has extensive experience in basketball coaching.In seasons 2014/15 and 2016/17 – physical training coach at MHC Amur Tigers. In the 2015/16 season, he worked as a physical training coach for HC Amur.
20 June 2017
A sensation in Kazan, Avangard interrupted a series of defeats. Daily highlights: News: Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)
The big day in the KHL regular championship began with four matches. SKA defeated Avtomobilist at a party, Salavat Yulaev dealt with Severstal at home, Metallurg confidently defeated Lokomotiv, and Avangard was stronger than Traktor at a visit.Riga “Dynamo” won in Kazan, “Torpedo” defeated “Neftekhimik”, “Amur” won at a visit against “Kunlun”. Vityaz defeated Siberia, Barys outplayed Jokerit on a visit, CSKA turned out to be stronger than Spartak. Dinamo Minsk beat Sochi away.
In the battle of ninth places “Vityaz” defeated “Siberia”
Moscow region21.Tedenby Matthias 10 ‘ 17.Danforth Justin 18 ‘ 5.Yerzhabek Yakub 59 ‘
3 – 1
2: 00: 01: 1
Novosibirsk region2.Demidov Nikolay 41 ‘
“Vityaz” and “Siberia”, occupying the ninth lines in their conferences, interrupted their mini-series of two defeats the day before yesterday, and both were away and outside of regular time.Podol players beat Traktor in overtime, Novosibirsk defeated Dynamo Moscow in a series of shots. Nikolai Zavarukhin returned to the Ushenin brothers, who, together with Evgeny Chesalin, made up the third three. Nikita Shashkov took the place of Chesalin in the second link, and Danil Romantsev came out in the fourth. Mikhail Kravets , without urgent need not shaking up his roster, limited himself to even more modest changes: Vitaly Popov appeared in the fourth link, Alexander Dergachev rose to the second, and Zakhar Bardakov dropped to the third.
The game began on a collision course, and closer to the middle of the first period, the hosts began to take the initiative into their own hands. This resulted in the removal of Ilya Morozov, which took exactly three seconds for the Vityaz striking unit. Kaspars Daugavins won the throw-in, Justin Danforth, who picked up the puck, ferried it (not immediately, but spending about 1.5 seconds to choose the optimal solution) to Mattias Tedenby, and he drove it into the target with a powerful click into contact. Podol residents tried to build on their success, but scored the second goal just before the break.The spectacular combination that misled the defenders of Siberia was completed by Danforth, who sent the puck into an almost empty net.
Position of teams before the game
Positions of teams after the game
The second period was held in an absolutely equal fight, and at the very beginning of the third Nikolay Demidov reduced the gap between Siberia and Siberia.But there weren’t enough guests for more. Substitution of Harry Sateri for the sixth field player led only to the third goal.
Dubli Safonov and Lukoyanov did not help Ak Bars to beat the residents of Riga
4 – 5 OT
2: 21: 01: 20: 1
01/19/202172.Schwanenbergs Janis 1 ‘
In equality24. Scarlett Rhys 4 ‘
Most95.Bukarts Richards 47 ‘
Most88. Stolyarov Gennady 54 ‘
In equality34.Lipon JC 64 ‘
Kazan and Rigans occupy diametrically opposite places in the overall standings: the first and the last. It is not surprising, therefore, that Dmitry Kvartalnov decided to experiment a little with the composition; in particular, he sent 19-year-old Ilya Safonov to the second link. Peteris Skudra after the fifth defeat in a row, once again reshuffled almost all game combinations, leaving only the first pair of defenders and starting goalkeeper Ivan Nalimov unchanged. This match was the 200th in the KHL for referee Viktor Birin .
Safonov, who has already played 25 games this season, in which he rarely received more than ten minutes of playing time, and scored one point for an assist, scored his debut goal in the KHL in the second minute.And at the beginning of the fourth, he made a double. In both cases, he skillfully corrected the long-range shot of the defender – first Daniil Zhuravlev, and then Andrei Pedan. True, the guests distinguished themselves even earlier – also 19-year-old Janis Shvanenbergs shot Timur Bilyalov from a very acute angle, when 70 seconds passed from the starting throw-in, and 16 seconds remained before Safonov’s first goal. And 84 seconds after the second goal of Safonov, Rhys Scarlett equalized the score. And Kvartalnov immediately replaced Bilyalov with Adam Reideborn.
2: 2 in the fifth minute was a promising start. However, the next goal had to wait a long time. The opponents had a lot of practice in the game and in the majority, and in the minority, and in the four-by-four format, before Artyom Lukoyanov sent the puck tightly against the bar. It’s even a little strange that this happened in equal compositions – especially since the majority and minority of the team continued to train in the future. And they trained themselves to the point that the people of Riga realized their next attempt: Rihards Bukarts hit the close “nine” over the shoulder of Reideborn – who seemed to be blocking “his” half of the goal.
Having equalized the score, the guests did not go into defense, and in the 55th minute Gennady Stolyarov brought Dynamo forward. The hosts stepped up and responded almost instantly: Kirill Petrov rammed Nalimov, and Patrice Cormier finished off the puck – but because of Petrov, the goal, of course, was not counted. And literally in the next shift Lukoyanov made a double after Safonov.
Position of teams before the game
Positions of teams after the game
At the very beginning of overtime, Rihards Bukarts received a simulation penalty, and work on unequal squads began again.The hosts again did not realize the majority, and then they did not succeed in equality. And with nine seconds before the end of extra time, JC Lipon brought the guests a sensational victory.
Sochi suffer the seventh defeat in a row93.Shmelev Sergey 7 ‘ eleven.Kolgotin Dmitry 34 ‘
2 – 3 OT
1: 11: 00: 10: 1
01/19/20217.Falkovsky Stepan 17 ‘
In equality59.Mitchell Zach 41 ‘
In equality11.Gorbunov Roman 64 ‘
Sochi have already lost six matches in a row.Compared to the last match, Maxim Tretyak returned to the Leopards goal, forward Ere Karjalainen and defender Rafael Batyrshin came out in the second line. Vasily Glotov appeared in the third three. Craig Woodcroft left the line-up that won the victory over Severstal unchanged.
The first period was held in an equal struggle. The hosts managed to convert the first majority in the match. Sergei Shmelev threw it under the crossbar. The Sochi forward is gaining points in the fifth match in a row.Dynamo also responded with a goal in unequal compositions: Stepan Falkovsky outplayed the goalkeeper from close range in the 6 vs 5 format. After the break, Sochi seized the initiative and created a number of dangerous moments. Despite the fact that the hosts played in the minority twice, they threw the opponent (15-9). This advantage resulted in a goal by Dmitry Kolgotin, who watched the opponent’s mistake in his zone.
Position of teams before the game
Positions of teams after the game
At the very beginning of the third period, the guests succeeded in a quick attack, which was completed by finishing off Zach Mitchell.In this dvadtsatiminutka the advantage was already held by Dynamo, almost three times tossing the opponent (14-5). However, the Belarusian team failed to snatch victory in regulation time. And in overtime everything was decided by an accurate shot by Roman Gorbunov.
Zhafyarov renews Torpedo’s record in points for the season in the KHL
Nizhny Novgorod Region
7 – 1
4: 12: 01: 0
Nizhnekamsk61. Khairullin Marat 3 ‘
The rivals approached the third face-to-face meeting of the season, solving different problems.Neftekhimik, despite the purely theoretical chances of getting into the playoffs, is trying to play the final part of the season as much as possible on a positive note. Torpedo, having a comfortable ten-point handicap in front of Siberia, which is in ninth place, may, with a good combination of circumstances, swipe at the right to gain the advantage of its site in the first round of the playoffs. But given that this season the teams exchanged victories on their own court and the fact that Torpedo returned from the road having suffered defeat in the last two games, and Neftekhimik, on the contrary, went to the away streak with two victories in the previous two matches. , no one guaranteed an easy walk for the citizens of Nizhny Novgorod on the evening of January 19.
Both coaches have made minimal line-up changes. Vyacheslav Butsaev in the second troika of attacks released Nikita Popugaev, and Otso Rantakari in defense was replaced by Mikhail Sidorov. Mentor Volzhan David Nemirovsky limited himself to the standard rotation of legionnaires in the second line: this time Jordan Schwartz was out of the application, giving way to Justin Clus. Also, minor changes were made in the third and fourth links.
The game began with active actions of the guests.Neftekhimik was clearly eager to extend their winning streak. The reward for the courage was the puck of Marat Khairullin in the fourth minute. However, the fuse of the Neftekamsk people was not enough for a long time. From the middle of the period, the initiative passed to the owners, who began to actively besiege the gate of Yevgeny Ivannikov. A goal against Neftekhimik was brewing. But what happened in the remaining time of the first third exceeded all expectations of the audience. The scoring extravaganza was started by Zayat Paygin, leveling the score in the 12th minute, after the transfer of Anton Schoenfeld.Three minutes later Damir Zhafyarov brought Torpedo forward, simultaneously updating the club’s record for points scored in the KHL season (51 points). After another forty seconds, Semyon Ruchkin strengthened the advantage of the Nizhny Novgorod team, sending Ivannikov to the bench. But Fedor Korotaev, who took up post number one at the guests’ goal, did not manage to go dry for the break. At the end of the 17th minute, Artyom Mikheev managed, already leaving the gate, to hit the puck hanging in the air and send it over the ribbon along an intricate trajectory.
Position of teams before the game
Positions of teams after the game
After the break, the nature of the game has not changed.The Nizhniy Novgorodians slightly reduced their activity, but continued to dominate on the court, scoring twice as few goals in the second segment of the game. Anton Schoenfeld converted the majority at the start of the period, and Andy Miele in the 27th minute brought the score to a devastating 6: 1. 26 minutes 34 seconds – another new record for the Torpedo rate of fire in the KHL. Prior to that, the Nizhny Novgorod team scored six goals in 31 minutes 3 seconds in 2016 against Spartak. The final point in the match was put by Justin Clus, who scored the seventh goal in the 42nd minute against Neftekhimik.7: 1 – more than a confident victory for Torpedo.
Groshev’s first puck for SKA, Kovar’s injury
Yekaterinburg13.Datsyuk Pavel 7 ‘
1 – 3
1: 00: 30: 0
St. Petersburg71 Burdasov Anton 26 ‘
Most17.Morozov Ivan D. 32 ‘
Most28.Groshev Maxim E. 37 ‘
Avtomobilist and SKA approached the second meeting in the season in the opposite state.During the game in St. Petersburg, which ended in a crushing 7-2 victory for SKA, the Urals were in the middle of their 10-match losing streak. Now the army team is experiencing problems – only 1 victory in the last six matches, and the team of Bill Peters won their last four matches. This meeting was the 250th in the KHL for line referee Nikita Vilyugin .
The teams spent the first minutes on an equal footing, the most active among the guests was Vasily Podkolzin, who had several opportunities to excel.At the 8th minute Pavel Datsyuk brought Avtomobilist forward with a biting throw from close range, the initiative passed to the hosts, who could consolidate their leadership in the majority. The nature of the game changed markedly in the second period.
The key to the army’s success was playing in the majority. Valery Bragin’s team made two attempts to play in unequal compositions in a row. First, Anton Burdasov struck a powerful shot, after 36 seconds, the hosts’ goalkeeper Jakub Kovarzh needed to be replaced.Then, in the majority, Ivan Morozov scored an accurate shot, and the period ended 1-to-0 by Maxim Groshev, who opened the scoring for his goals for SKA in the KHL. CSKA threw over the rival in this period with a score of 17-2.
Position of teams before the game
Positions of teams after the game
In the third period Avtomobilist returned to the game and had several chances, especially during the two majority draws.During the final assault, the Urals could not turn the tide of the match and give themselves a chance for success that evening. SKA beat Avtomobilist for the second time this season and stopped the winning streak of the Ural team.
Cupid wins back twice and defeats Kunlun in overtime
Kunlun Red Star
Beijingeleven.Nikolishin Ivan 17 ‘ 2.Fram Jason 41 ‘
2 – 3 OT
1: 00: 11: 10: 1
Khabarovsk47. Jordan Michal 32 ‘
In equality61.Gorshkov Alexander L. 50 ‘
In equality28.Golubev Denis 64 ‘
“Dragons” before meeting the guests from Khabarovsk interrupted the unsuccessful streak, defeating “Siberia” (3: 1).The coaching staff today reshuffled all the links of “Kunlun” and returned to the goal of Dmitry Shikin. Amur arrived from Kazakhstan, where it was defeated by Barys (2: 3). Dominik Mashin and Alexander Kuznetsov of Khabarovsk did not get into the application, Evgeny Alikin was chosen as the main goalkeeper.
The match began in a leisurely style, the teams calmly looked at each other. Gradually “Cupid” seized the initiative, occupying the “dragons” zone and inflicting many throws. At the equator of the period, the hosts received a removal, which was not implemented by the special team of the Khabarovsk residents.But “Kunlun” used its first majority: in the 18th minute, forward Ivan Nikolishin opened the scoring with a masterful throw from the throw-in circle.
The starting segment of the second period passed with practically no dangerous moments. The teams played in a disciplined manner, without earning penalty minutes. Gradually, the game opened up, which turned out to be in the hands of Sergei Svetlov’s wards : in the 33rd minute, defender Michal Jordan restored the balance on the scoreboard, successfully playing on finishing moves.
Position of teams before the game
Positions of teams after the game
In the 42nd minute, Kunlun took the lead again, defender Jason Fram became the author of the goal in the majority.The Tigers were actively attacking, but the hosts were quite reliable in defense. Soon “Cupid” still achieved success: Alexander Gorshkov hit the goal with a throw from the zero angle, catching Shikin by surprise. Overtime “Cupid” began with a numerical advantage, made several dangerous shots, but failed to score. But in equal compositions, the “Tigers” still snatched the victory – Denis Golubev succeeded in a beautiful throw to the top nine.
Avangard beat Traktor and interrupted the unsuccessful streak
Chelyabinsk17.Osnovin Vyacheslav 39 ‘ 55 Bailen Nick 44 ‘
2 – 3
0: 21: 11: 0
Omsk16.Zernov Denis 0 ‘
In equalityfive.Alexey Bereglazov 11 ‘
In equality65. Yakupov Nail 21 ‘
Wards Anvar Gatiyatulin played the third match of the home series, where they had previously won against Vityaz (2: 1) and Lokomotiv (4: 0).Traktor’s roster remained unchanged, Roman Will was again selected as the main goalkeeper. Avangard arrived in Chelyabinsk with an unsuccessful streak of three defeats in its luggage. The coaching staff Bob Hartley made several changes to the game combinations and returned Igor Bobkov to the goal. Linesman Yuri Ivanov played 450 matches in the KHL.
We didn’t have to wait long for an abandoned puck – the guests opened an account already in the first minute. The goal was scored by forward Denis Zernov, who took advantage of an excellent pass from Ilya Kovalchuk.The initiative was followed by “Traktor”, which created several bright moments in the game “5 on 4”. Omsk people held back the assault and in the 12th minute strengthened their advantage: defender Alexei Bereglazov found himself on the “clear ice” and hit the goal with a biting throw. Gatiyatulin took the coaching request, but the video only confirmed the legitimacy of the goal. In the remaining time, the teams earned a six-minute penalty for two: the minority special brigades worked as reliably as possible.
The second period began with Lawrence Pilut’s 1v0, but the defender failed to outplay Bobkov.Avangard immediately responded with the third goal against Villa – Nail Yakupov coolly completed the technical combination of the Hawks. Traktor gradually increased the pace and quality of attacks, the guests responded with sharp counterattacks. Four seconds before the second break, the Chelyabinsk players nevertheless unsealed Bobkov: Vyacheslav Osnovin masterfully realized the numerical advantage “5 by 4”.
Position of teams before the game
Positions of teams after the game
The start of the third dvadtsatiminutka remained with the hosts, who created several scoring chances.Soon, Gatiyatulin’s team reduced the gap to a minimum – captain Nick Bailen completed a sweeping counterattack. Hockey gradually became more and more open, the number of dangerous moments increased every minute. The initiative remained with the “Tractor”, desperately seeking to recoup. The Hawks defended themselves in a disciplined manner and kept the winning score – 3: 2, interrupting the unsuccessful streak.
Andronov’s puck in the minority brings victory to CSKA19.Lipsic Brendan 14 ‘ 11.Andronov Sergey 58 ‘
2 – 1
1: 00: 11: 0
Moscow85. Talaluev Ilya 22 ‘
CSKA Moscow and Spartak held a face-to-face meeting for the fourth time this season.In the previous three, the guests invariably won, so the balance of meetings in the current season is 2-1 in favor of CSKA. The Moscow army team continues to lead confidently in the Western Conference table, while the red and white are experiencing certain problems with the implementation of chances and close the cup eight.
In the first period there was an equal fight, although Oleg Znark’s team acted more aggressively and more interestingly in attack. But the owners of the ice opened the score. Maxim Sorkin found Brendan Lipsik an excellent pass in the middle of the court, and he turned around gorgeous, removing Evgeny Kulik, and then dealt with Julius Gudachek in close combat.
Position of teams before the game
Positions of teams after the game
In the second period, a tight fight continued, which was reflected in the statistics on shots on goal – 7-2 in favor of Spartak.At the very beginning of the game segment, the guests were able to equalize the score when Lars Johansson failed to cope with the most accurate throw of Ilya Talaluev close to the bar. In the final twenty minutes, the army team was able to add and the chances began to arise regularly at the gates of Gudacek.
At the very end of the regular time of the game, Spartak got a chance to realize the excess, after the removal of Maksim Shalunov. But it took CSKA only 25 seconds to escape into a counterattack and come out ahead in this meeting.The puck was marked by the team captain Sergei Andronov. Red and white in the third match in a row conceded the puck when playing in the minority. The final assault was unsuccessful for the guests and they suffered a third defeat in a row.
Magnitka wins for the third time in a row
4 – 1
1: 01: 12: 0
Yaroslavl58.Lander Anton 21 ‘
Lokomotiv on the eve of the match in Magnitogorsk quite unexpectedly lost to Traktor – 0: 4. For the first time in 27 years! Edward Pasquale did not have the best match, reflecting only 13 of 17 shots.Therefore, for the game with Metallurg, he remained in reserve, and Ilya Konovalov took the place at the last line of Yaroslavl from the first minutes. Metallurg did not finish the third period of the meeting with Salavat, the second striker of the team, Andrey Chibisov. By the game with Lokomotiv, he has not recovered one hundred percent. The third hockey player of “Magnitka” on the “goal + pass” system Taylor Beck also remained out of the application. Steelworkers suffered significant losses!
However, despite this, the start of the match remained with the hosts – the team Ilya Vorobyov is working on the game in the first periods, and success in this direction is noticeable in the last matches.Lokomotiv managed to equalize the games due to the majority at the equator of the starting third. However, the residents of Magnitogorsk survived – again, several excellent saves in the assets of Juho Olkinuora! And six and a half minutes before the break, Metallurg opened the scoring. Semyon Koshelev, who returned to the squad, found a pass from behind the gate of Nikolai Prokhorkin, who in the fall managed to charge the puck like a baseball. As a result, she whistled over Konovalov’s shoulder and got stuck in the bowels of the goal, putting everyone in a stupor for a couple of moments – players, judges, and fans.But a second later, Metallurg Arena roared – 1: 0!
Lokomotiv started the second period by leveling the score. In the majority, Andrei Nestrashil and Grigory Dronov did not understand each other on their blue line, as a result, Artur Kayumov and Anton Lander organized a two-to-zero exit, which was put to the end by the Swedish legionnaire of Yaroslavl. Soon Metallurg played four minutes in the power play, but failed to score. And towards the end of the 20-minute period, Dronov corrected himself – he joined the attack and again brought Metallurg forward.
Position of teams before the game
Positions of teams after the game
Both “Magnitka” and “Loko” are the leaders of the KHL in the game in the third periods, but in the face-to-face confrontation, only one had to come out the winner.”Steelworkers” held out in the minority, and then, in equal compositions, Maxim Karpov shot Konovalov from the throw-in circle – 3: 1. And Arkhip Nekolenko secured the result with a one-touch throw. The hosts retained the advantage and extended the winning streak. Lokomotiv was unlucky for the second time during the Ural tour.
Wolf’s double brings Barys their fifth win in a row in Helsinki
Helsinki51.Grant Alex 42 ‘
1 – 4
0: 10: 01: 3
Nur-Sultan26.Varone Filip 18 ‘
Minority14. Wolf Curtis 51 ‘
In equality14.Wolf Curtis 56 ‘
Most89.Sagadeev Anton 59 ‘
“Jokerit” after a long trip returned home for one game, which took place against Kazakhstan “Barys”.In recent years, the team from Nur-Sultan has become inconvenient rivals for the “jokers”, who lost in four past home matches. Lauri Maryamaki’s team have achieved a 5-4 overtime victory this season with a 0-4 win, while Brian O’Neill has four assists.
The match began with a minute of silence in memory of the famous Finnish musician and Jokerit fan Pekka Mayanen, who passed away on January 16 at the age of 70. In the first period, the teams played on equal terms, regularly exchanging penalties.Barys was able to take advantage of one of the opportunities to play in unequal compositions. Philip Varone, while playing in the minority, robbed the defenders and fled to the counterattack – 1: 0. At the beginning of the meeting, the hosts lost center forward Peter Regin due to injury.
Position of teams before the game
Positions of teams after the game
In the second period, the ice owners had the initiative, but at the same time dangerous moments arose at their goal.The Barys players hit the goal frame several times. With the beginning of the final twenty minutes, “Jokerit” decided to shoot more at the opponent’s goal and this immediately gave the result. Henrik Haapala passed the ball to Alex Grant, who just threw and evened the score. The teams opened up and began to play on a collision course, which led to the gorgeous puck of Curtis Volk, who returned the lead to the guests of the matches. The hosts spent the last minutes in the minority after a tough game by Sami Lepisto. The guests immediately punished the opponent – Wolf scored a double and brought his team a fifth consecutive victory in the Finnish capital.The final score was set by Anton Sagadeev a few seconds before the end of the meeting – 4: 1.
Granlund’s double, Hartikainen’s three points and Salavat Yulaev’s victory
4 – 2
0: 13: 11: 0
Cherepovets54.Kirill Kapustin 10 ‘
In equality23. Lishka Adam 27 ‘
After a three-match departure on the Novosibirsk – Nur-Sultan – Magnitogorsk route, the Yulaevites returned home for a short time to play a match against Severstal, after which the Ufa players will go on another tour.The players of Salavat Yulaev interrupted the winning streak, losing to Metallurg in a good fight in the last minutes, but despite the defeat, the team from the capital of Bashkortostan continues to be in third place in the East. Severstal is one of the main discoveries of the current KHL season. The ice squad under the direction of the Russian coach Andrei Razin shows interesting and fast hockey, and often takes points from the favorites, being among the top-8 clubs of the Western Conference. At the start of the championship, “Salavat” met with the “steelworkers” in Cherepovets, and then the Ufa team won a landslide victory, and one of the main talents of Ufa, Shakir Mukhamadullin, scored his first goal for the team of masters.
The day before the meeting, the KHL determined the best players for the 18th game week. Yulaevtsev defender Alexander Alekseev, who was recognized as the best newcomer, was included in this honorable list. The young defensive player, on loan from the Washington system, has significantly improved lately and has a strong season for the Ufa team, being an important part of the gaming system Tomi Lyamsa .
After a home defeat from Minsk in a series of post-match shots, Severstal’s mentor Andrei Razin made several changes to the roster: Dmitry Shugaev played at the goal from the first minutes, while Vladislav Podyapolskiy remained out of the roster.The place of the defender in the second five was taken by Nikita Guslistov, and most of the replacements fell on the fourth link, where Makar Khabarov and Mikhail Tikhonov appeared, and the place of the central striker was entrusted to Maxim Kazakov.
The coaching staff of “Yulaevites” decided on a new experiment, having put forward four full-fledged pairs of defenders. 19-year-old Mukhamadullin came out with the most experienced Alexei Semyonov. Forwards Eduard Gimatov and Artyom Pimenov replaced Vyacheslav Solodukhin and Danil Bashkirov, and Juha Metsola again became the starting goalkeeper.
The home team dominated the first twenty minutes, but thanks to the tight and compact defensive play on the part of the Severstal players, they were unable to realize their chances. The rival punished the Ufa team for an oversight: the Swedish striker of the “steelworkers” Jacob Berglund beat Philip Larsen and found Kirill Kapustin with a pass from outside the goal, who was lucky enough to open the score in the match. It should be noted that recently the first link of “Salavat” has been acting unsuccessfully in defense, “bringing” washers from seemingly simple game situations.
The second period turned out to be extremely interesting for hockey fans. First, Ufa defender Alekseev, together with Temu Hartikainen, created a beautiful puck against the Lynx’s goal, then Adam Lishka from Cherepovets again brought Severstal forward, playing great under the goal. “Yulaevtsy” took advantage of the game in the majority, which is the team’s strong skate this season.