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Junior Hockey League media relations department continues the series of jubilee season reviews for every team. Sibirskie Snaipery missed the playoffs for the first time in many years as they finished 10th in the Eastern Conference.
10th place in the Eastern Conference. 63 points in 60 games. 140 goals for, 147 goals against
The latest time Novosibirsk didn’t make Kharlamov Cup Playoffs was back in the 2012-13 season. After that misfortune, the ‘Snipers’ qualified for post-season five consecutive times, making their best run for the coveted trophy in 2016. Sibirskie Snaipery got eliminated in the semifinal round that year and ended up getting bronze medals. To this day it’s the best Junior Hockey League season in the franchise history. However, this year didn’t go the way Novosibirsk expected. The team got off to a decent start as they won four games in a row, which was followed by a slump. January was the key month for the ‘Snipers’ as they lost nine games out of eleven, sank to the bottom half of the table and never recovered from that.
Nikita Shashkov played just seven games for Novosibirsk’s major junior team and competed in Vancouver, BC at the World Juniors with Team Russia, winning bronze. The forward had also won a U18 IIHF World Championship bronze medal. Georgy Yurov and Daniil Lapin stepped into the spotlight. The latter let the former surpass him in points only late in the season, and Yurov topped the team in that regard. Aside from that, the 20-year-old forward spent a portion of the season with VHL’s Yermak Angarsk and competed for JHL Challenge Cup in Nizhnekamsk. 17-year-old goaltender Vladislav Scherbakov played the most games for Sibirskie Snaipery this season, although experienced Shamil Shmakov also got to start a number of games.
Top-scorer: Georgy Yurov – 38 (16 goals, 22 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Georgy Yurov – 16 goals
Most assists: Georgy Yurov – 22 assists
Top defenseman: Semyon Sukhov – 14 (3 goals, 11 assists) points, plus-8
Starting goaltender: Vladislav Scherbakov – 40 games, 17 wins, Goals Against Average – 2.15, Save Percentage – 0.931 on average per game