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Junior Hockey League media relations department continues the series of jubilee season reviews for all teams. Sarmaty Orenburg once again missed the playoffs as this time they finished with the third worst record in Eastern Conference.
14th place in the Eastern Conference, 40 points in 60 games. 140 goals for, 188 goals against
Orenburg lost their last hope of making the playoffs aa bit earlier than teams from mid-table. Sarmaty got off to a great start with three consecutive wins over Omskie Yastreby and Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk, which was followed by five losses in a row. Ever since then Orenburg struggled to get points. They shot themselves in the foot with a stretch that last from late November to early December, during which they lost seven consecutive games. Sarmaty continued to struggle in late January and had to say goodbye to their playoff hopes. Orenburg hired a new head-coach late in the regular season – Artyom Oktyabryov, famous Soviet and Russian player, participant of the 1999 IIHF World Championship, succeeded Oleg Savchuk.
Ivan Ukolov and Oskar Yulbarisov were the most productive duo for Sarmaty this season. Yulbarisov’s former teammate Nikita Lyubishkin competed for Yuzhny Ural and Sakhalin this year. Not only Ukolov led the team in points, he was also invited to play at JHL Challenge Cup, where he was the only Orenburg representative. Other notable forwards – Igor Novikov, Ivan Kurov and Daniil Sokolka, who joined the team from Snezhnye Barsy Astana. Pavel Tkachkov and Alexander Molofeyev didn’t spend much time in Junior Hockey League this year as they played for Yuzhny Ural-Metallurg. Artur Mustafin was often the starting goaltender for Sarmaty. He had previously played for Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk for three seasons.
Top-scorer: Oskar Yulbarisov – 31 (7 goals, 24 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Ivan Kurov – 17 goals
Most assists: Oskar Yulbarisov – 24 assists
Top defenseman: Viktor Khaimonenko – 9 (3 goals, 6 assists) points, minus-3
Starting goaltender: Artur Mustafin – 42 games, 16 wins, Goals Against Average – 2.78, Save Percentage – 0.912