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Junior Hockey League media relations department continues the series of jubilee season reviews for all teams. Krylia Sovetov Moscow gave their fans a lot of reasons to cheer, despite narrowly missing the playoffs.
Krylia Sovetov Moscow
9th place in the Western Conference. 75 points in 64 games. 178 goals for, 170 goals against
‘Soviet Wings’ failed to make the playoffs as they were the last team to give up their post-season hopes. Late in the regular season Krylia Sovetov couldn’t get vital points in key games and let JHC Spartak Moscow and SKA-Varyagi St. Petersburg surpass them in league standings. Andrei Potaichuk was named the head-coach of the team before the season. At the very least, he Setun meant a lot to him. Moscow got off to a decent start as they beat the mighty Almaz Cherepovets twice. However, Krylia Sovetov can’t be too happy about their performance in mid- and late September as they lost seven games and won just one in overtime. In late 2018 and early 2019 ‘Soviet Wings’ played consistently well but they still missed the playoffs because of several key losses late in the regular season. Potaichuk’s men lost crucial games to Russkie Vityazi Moscow Region and had to bid their playoff hopes goodbye.
Defenseman Alexander Nikishin, who made his debut for Krylia Sovetov at the age of 16, proved his worth right away as he led all Moscow’s defensemen in points. He also represented the club at Junior Hockey League Challenge Cup, which he won, and recently renewed his contract. Yefim Mishkin led the team in scoring, while Kirill Lyalin proved himself a decent playmaker. Artyom Koksharov and Maxim Vyatkin scored just a few points less. Artyom Melnikov played the most games amongst goaltenders. Danil Kadochnikov played 10 fewer games, while Denis Rybalkin, on whom Krylia Sovetov coaching staff had heavily relied in the pre-season, ended up playing just 11 games.
Top-scorer: Yefim Mishkin – 43 (23 goals, 20 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Yefim Mishkin – 23 goals
Most assists: Kirill Lyalin – 24 assists
Top defenseman: Alexander Nikishin – 25 (8 goals, 17 assists) points, plus-14
Starting goaltender: Artyom Melnikov – 36 games, 13 wins, Goals Against Average – 2.43, Save Percentage – 0.908 on average per game