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Junior Hockey League media relations department continues the series of jubilee season reviews for all teams. Comparing to previous season, Sputnik Almetyevsk showed good progress. Former underdogs put up a good fight against top JHL teams.
11th place in the Eastern Conference, 61 points in 60 games. 132 goals for, 149 goals against
Unlike the previous season, which this Tatarstan team would like to remember soon, this year Sputnik made progress. Almetyevsk once again missed the playoffs but they battled for it right till the finish line and ended up just a few points short of post-season bye. While Sputnik had lost their last road trip of the previous year by the score of 32-3, this time around they won their last three games of the regular season, never hitting a slump. Almetyevsk fans have several bright moments to look back on. For instance, hard-fought wins in Khanty-Mansiysk and Magnitogorsk and home victories over Avto Yekaterinburg and Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk. Eduard Dmitriyev is at the helm of the team. A long-time Nefteyanik forward, he has spent his entire coaching career in Almetyevsk.
Goaltender Adel Minegaliev, who had made a name for himself last season, didn’t lower the bar for himself this year either and represented his club at Junior Hockey League Challenge Cup. He didn’t get to win the coveted trophy but he still enjoyed a great game, allowing no goals in thirty minutes. Up front Almetyevsk relied on Daniil Melnikov and Timur Zakirov. The latter was in his sophomore Junior Hockey League season and he ended up finishing second on Sputnik in points. Almetyevsk defensive line didn’t boast any clear-cut leaders and Artyom Onishko, who had joined Sputnik from Irbis Kazan last year, had the most points.
Top scorer: Daniil Melnikov – 27 (12 goals, 15 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Timur Zakirov – 16 goals
Most assists: Daniil Melnikov – 15 assists
Top defenseman: Artyom Onishko – 14 (6 goals, 8 assists) points, minus-3
Starting goaltender: Adel Minegaliev – 57 games, 24 wins, Goals Against Average – 2.16, Save Percentage – 0.927 per game on average