Season round-up. Amurskie Tigry

11.05.2021 в 18:00

Season round-up. Amurskie Tigry

Junior Hockey League media relations department begins a series of round-up articles for every team of the 12th season. Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk had another unsuccessful season. The team finished dead last in the Western Conference.

Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk
Place in league standings 2020-21: 31
Place in league standings 2019-20: 29
Highest place in Junior Hockey League history: 6
Head-coach: Alexander Yunkov

17th place in the Western Conference. 30 points in 64 games. 141 goals scored. 327 goals allowed.

The team from Russia’s Far East once again didn’t manage to make the playoffs. The last time the ‘Tigers’ qualified for post-season was back in the 2015-16 season. Amurskie Tigry missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. Notably, the team hasn’t showed any progress in the past two seasons. Last year only ORG Junior Beijing finished behind them in regular season standings, while the gap between Khabarovsk ad SKA-Varyagi St. Petersburg, who finished 15th in the table, was ten points. This time Amurskie Tigry finished dead last in Western Conference standings and got the unfortunate status of the weakest defense in Junior Hockey League after allowing 327 goals in 64 games. Khabarovsk began the regular season with a win over HC Kapitan Stupino, which was followed by a long string of penalties. Amurskie Tigry managed to eke out just 12 wins over the entire season, which is one less than in the previous season. Notably, the team went through a serious rebuilding process and enjoyed several good games. The fans truly cherished the victory over Krasnaya Armiya Moscow. Amurskie Tigry came out victorious 6-5. They also beat JHC Spartak in Moscow and their Far East rivals Sakhalinskie Akuly Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Top players

Evgeny Babushkin and Nikita Linnik, who led the team in points in previous two seasons, graduated from Junior Hockey League and their shoes had to be filled by other players. Vadim Sivchuk led Amurskie Tigry in scoring by a landslide with 17 goals and 38 assists for 55 points in 51 games. Defensemen Yegor Kharchenko led Khabarovsk in points among blueliners. He also comfortable sat on top with 31 points. Andrei Zheludkov, who finished second in scoring among Amurskie Tigry defensemen, had just 19 points. The ‘Tigers’ dressed four goaltenders this regular season. Alexander Yevgrafov played the most games as he stepped on the ice in 39 matchups. Nikita Fyodorov, who was Amurskie Tigry’s starting netminder last season, played 27 games. Yuri Cherkashin registered 14 games, while 17-year-old Mikhail Nikishin played six games in his rookie Junior Hockey League season.

Top-scorer: Vadim Sivchuk – 55 (17 goals, 38 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Vadim Sivchuk – 17 goals
Most assists: Vadim Sivchuk – 38 assists
Most points among defensemen: Yegor Kharchenko – 31 (9 goals, 22 assists) points, minus-33
Starting goaltender: Alexander Yevgrafov – 39 games, 6 wins, Goals Against Average – 4.39, Save Percentage 0.887 on average per game
Most ice-time: Vladislav Leschenko – 20:29 on average per game

Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk dressed 38 players in the 2020-21 Parimatch Junior Hockey League regular season – 4 goaltenders, 11 defensemen and 23 forwards.

No played was dressed for every regular season game. Danil Bespalov played 63 games.

Most productive offensive line – Leshchenko-Sivchuk-Shmelyov. The line combined for 14 goals.

Yegor Kharchenko led Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk in penalty minutes with 136.

Average age of the team – 19 years, 10 days.