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Junior Hockey League media relations department continues the series of jubilee season reviews for every team. JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg couldn’t make it past second round of the playoffs but several of their players have made history.
JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg
2nd place in the Western Conference, 101 points in 64 games, 251 goals for, 117 goals against
JHC Dynamo St. Petersburg have lost exclusively to future champions in the past three consecutive playoff runs. Two years ago they lost to Krasnya Armiya Moscow and in the latest two seasons they were eliminated in the second round by Loko Yaroslavl. Despite that, the team proves that it can be expected to win the Kharlamov Cup sooner than later. Dynamo began the regular season with a loss but gradually played better since then and established themselves as at top-table team early on. Midway through the season Dynamo once again went for coaching change. Instead of Sergei Oreshkin, who was hired by a VHL team, St. Petersburg put Viktor Belyakov to the helm. Under his command Dynamo continued to perform well and posted several impressive winning streaks. One of which took place in February as Dynamo lost just one game out of nine and headed into the post-season in optimal conditions.
Anton Vasiliev and Anton Nazarevich were the undeniable leaders of Dynamo this past season. The former set an absolute league record in overall career points and goals, while the latter was on top of the league in goal-scoring for a long time, only to cease the position to JHC Spartak Moscow’s Mikhail Shalagin. Vasiliev and Nazarevich won the 2019 JHL Challenge Cup. Nazarevich achieved the feat for the second time and Vasiliev went on to compete at the KHL All-Star Game, which crowned the weekend in Kazan. Dynamo goaltenders also enjoyed a great season. Kirill Ustimenko stopped all 26 shots he had to face in the game against JHC Dynamo Moscow for his 12th
shutout of the year, to update the league record. 17-year-old netminder Makar Chufarov also looked solid, while defenseman Veniamin Baranov scored as many as 35 points.
Top-scorer: Anton Vasiliev – 96 (41 goals, 55 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Anton Nazarevich – 45 goals
Most assists: Anton Vasiliev – 55 assists
Top defenseman: Veniamin Baranov – 35 (15 goals, 20 assists) points
Starting goaltender: Kirill Ustimenko – 46 games, 30 wins, Goals Against Average – 1.78, Save Percentage – 0.927 on average per game
Dynamo faced Spartak Moscow in the opening round of the playoffs and swept the series in three games without much trouble. The head-to-head bout between Mikhail Shalagin, who led the league in regular season goals, and the Nazerivech and Vasiliev duo did not live up to expectations.
In the quarterfinal series Dynamo lost in three games to Loko Yaroslavl. ‘Railway men’ found the key to the matchup by neutralizing Dynamo’s leaders. Yaroslavl completed the task with flying colors – Nazarevich and Vasiliev picked up just an assist each in the series. Notably, they registered them on the same play.
Dmitry Krasotkin’s men were methodical and successful at stopping the duo. One of the most high-scoring Western Conference teams netted just five tallies in three games against Loko, while Yaroslavl scored 12 goals. Dynamo probably played their best game of the series on home ice. They managed to tie the game up after Anton Malyshev had opened up the scoring and looked just as good as the reigning champions. Even after allowing two more goals, St. Petersburg brought the game back to a 1-goal differential with three minutes remaining to play in regulation but failed to force overtime.
Top-scorer: Anton Vasiliev – 7 (3 goals, 4 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Maxim Mikhailov – 3 goals
Most assists: Anton Vasiliev – 4 assists
Top defenseman: Veniamin Baranov – 5 (1 goal, 4 assists) points, minus-3
Starting goaltender: Kirill Ustimenko – 6 games, 3 wins, Goals Against Average – 2.49, Save Percentage – 0.917 on average per game