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Junior Hockey League media relations department continues the series of jubilee season reviews for every team. JHC Spartak Moscow had a very uneven season. The red-and-white were out of the playoff zone for a long time but they managed to clinch a post-season berth with a wild dash towards the end of the regular season. Mikhail Shalagin seemed to be scoring on every shot, which allowed Vladimir Tyurikov’s men compete for Kharlamov Cup.
JHC Spartak Moscow
7th place in the Western Conference, 81 points in 64 games, 201 goals for, 141 goals against
JHC Spartak Moscow, coached by Vladimir Tyurikov for the third consecutive year, didn’t look as solid this regular season as they did in previous years. The red-and-white got off to a mediocre start, shuffling wins and losses, and then hit a slump in December, which threw them down to the bottom half of the table. They needed to change something and fast. In the end, Spartak managed to win key games, while Mikhail Shalagin was relentless at scoring goals. All that led their fans to exhale as their favorites clinched the playoffs, just as their KHL team. With one push Spartak surpassed Krylia Sovetov Moscow and SKA-Varyagi St. Petersburg in the standings. However, in the opening round they had to face their rivals JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg. In the previous season Spartak lost in three games of the second round to another St. Petersburg team as they were defeated by SKA-1946.
Andrei Skovronsky once again was the starting goaltender of the red-and-white as he played 54 games. Young Matvey Botov and Dmitry Kulikov didn’t play many games comparing to him. Just like a year ago, Mikhail Shalagin was responsible for most good things that happened with Spartak. The forward had scored 32 goals in the previous season and updated his personal best this year, posting 48 tallies and beating Fyodor Malykhin’s record for most goals in a single Junior Hockey League season. He also added 25 assists for a whopping total of 73 points in just 42 games. For such phenomenal result Shalagin was named the Most Valuable Player of the regular season. Zakhar Shablovsky, who joined Spartak from Chayka Nizhny Novgorod, was also one of the top players on the team. Defenseman Mikhail Bulimov represented the team at the 2019 JHL Challenge Cup in Nizhny Novgorod and won the coveted trophy.
Top-scorer: Mikhail Shalagin – 75 (48 goals, 27 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Mikhail Shalagin – 48 goals
Most assists: Zakhar Shablovsky – 29 assists
Top defenseman: Mikhail Bulimov – 28 (13 goals, 15 assists) points, plus-16
Starting goaltender: Andrei Skovronsky – 54 games, 28 wins, Goals Against Average – 2.11, Save Percentage – 0.929 on average per game
Spartak was swept in the opening round of the playoffs by JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg. Anton Vasiliev went head-to-head with Mikhail Shalagin and it was the top-scorer of the regular season who prevailed. St. Petersburg established a solid lead in the first 40 minutes of play in Game 1 and won 4-1 in the end.
Home team scored one goal less in the following bout, while the red-and-white once again managed to beat Kirill Ustimenko just once. KHL’s Spartak was eliminated from Gagarin Cup Playoffs just in time for Game 3, which allowed Akim Trishin and Ilya Talaluyev to join the juniors. Spartak managed to erase a 2-goal deficit as Zakhar Shablovsky got a pair of tallies but the visitors still had the last word in the game – Anton Vasiliev scored off a feed by Pavel Rotenberg. Spartak picked up the pace and got a very important powerplay opportunity but Ustimenko was in no mood to allow anything else that night. Dynamo held on to the lead and proceeded to Kharlamov Cup Quarterfinals.
Top-scorer: Dennis Miller – 3 (0 goals, 3 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Zakhar Shablovsky – 2 goals
Most assists: Dennis Miller – 3 assists
Top defenseman: Artyom Volkov – 2 (1 goal, 1 assist) points, plus-1
Starting goaltender: Andrei Skovronsky – 3 games, 0 wins, Goals Against Average – 3.39, Save Percentage – 0.892 on average per game