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Junior Hockey League media relations department continues the series of jubilee season reviews for all teams. Chayka Nizhny Novgorod had one of their most unfortunate seasons. 2015 Kharlamov Cup champions finished deep below the playoff zone.
Chayka Nizhny Novgorod
16th in the Western Conference, 42 points in games. 126 goals for, 237 goals against
Since Nizhny Novgorod won Kharlamov Cup, the team’s results have been going steadily downhill. In the post-championship season Vyacheslav Ryanov’s men made it to the finals again but ended up losing it. Next year they were eliminated in conference quarterfinals and then missed the playoffs entirely for two consecutive seasons. Notably, while the team missed the post-season by just a few points a year ago, this time around Nizhny Novgorod ended their quest for the cup even before March. Chayka shuffled wins and losses early in the season but suffered a 9-game losing streak in November – they were also outscored 28-8 over the stretch. The situation hardly improved in December and January, while coaching swap yielded no results either when longtime Chayka’s head-coach Vyacheslav Ryanov was replaced by Toivo Suursoo. Even when Nizhny Novgorod won, they had to work hard for it and usually topped the opposition either in overtime or shootout. In the end Nizhny Novgorod have missed the playoffs for the second consecutive time.
Vadim Shepelev led Chayka defensemen with 11 points. Yaroslavl junior hockey school alumnus Donat Stalnov was named the new captain of the team. It was no other than him who represented Nizhny Novgorod at Junior Hockey League Challenge Cup and got to hoist the coveted trophy. On the offense Chayka relied on Nikita Tomilov, who topped the team in points, and Vyacheslav Korotin, who scored 14 goals. Tomilov made his pro hockey debut with HC Sarov in VHL and scored his first career goal. 17-year-old goaltender Daniil Andreyev was usually getting the nod. His peer Alexander Yevdokimov played 19 games, while more experienced Kirill Kozhokar made 27 appearances for Nizhny Novgorod.
Top-scorer: Nikita Tomilov – 41 (15 goals, 26 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Nikita Tomilov – 15 goals
Most assists: Nikita Tomilov – 26 assists
Top defenseman: Vadim Shepelev – 11 (5 goals, 6 assists) points, minus-13
Starting goaltender: Daniil Andreyev – 36 games, 5 wins, Goals Against Average – 4.00, Save Percentage – 0.882