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Junior Hockey League media relations department continues the series of jubilee season reviews for all teams. HK Riga looked better than in previous two season but that still wasn’t enough to make the playoffs.
13th place in the Western Conference, 51 points in 64 games. 119 goals for, 183 goals against
Riga’s KHL team missed the playoffs by a whisker, while their major junior team once again didn’t have a decent season. However, it was certainly an improvement comparing to their last year’s record. Riga won more games but had to bid their post-season hopes goodbye due to several long losing streaks. For instance, October was nothing but a catastrophe for Aigars Cipruss’ men. Riga lost ten consecutive games and the gruesome series couldn’t have a positive effect on the team and its table position. Late in the season Riga were losing more games than winning, although some of them were definitely to remember as Latvian juniors beat such Western top teams as SKA-1946 St. Petersburg, Krasnaya Armiya Moscow and JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg. Those wins prove that Latvian team make the post-season already in the upcoming season.
17-year-old Janis Svanenbergs led Riga’s offense this year. He scored 16 goals and notched 23 assists for 39 points to top the team. Svanenbergs feats didn’t go unnoticed and it was no other but him who represented Riga at JHL Challenge Cup in Nizhnekamsk, winning the coveted trophy. In Kristaps Zile’s absence, Arvils Bergmanis, who was in his second Junior Hockey League season, led Riga’s defensemen in scoring. Goaltender Niklavs Rauza was also in his sophomore season – this time around he established himself as an iron-clad starter, playing 41 regular season games. 16-year-old Bruno Bruveris played 20 games. HK Riga continued to delegate players to Team Latvia of all age groups. Roberts Kalkis and Renars Karkls made their debuts for Dinamo Riga in KHL.
Top-scorer: Janis Svanenbergs – 31 (14 goals, 17 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Patriks Zabusovs – 16 goals
Most assists: Janis Svanenbergs – 17 assists
Top defenseman: Arvils Bergmanis – 20 (3 goals, 17 assists) points, minus-21
Starting goaltender: Niklavs Rauza – 43 games, 13 wins, Goals Against Average – 2.42, Save Percentage – 0.922 on average per game