Junior Hockey League media relations department continues the Room To Grow series, in which we take a look at every team of the 11th season. JHC Spartak Moscow enjoyed almost a regular season almost identical to last year’s. The red-and-white made the playoffs only as the 8th best team in the Western Conference.
JHC Spartak Moscow
8th place in the West, 74 points in 64 games, 177 goals for, 154 goals against.
JHC Spartak Moscow, led by Vladimir Tyurikov for the fourth consecutive season, had a bumpy ride in the regular season. The red-and-white began with two consecutive losses to SKA-1946 St. Petersburg, notably unbelievably falling in the second game of the back-to-back 9-0. However, Spartak adjusted their win-loss ratio after that and ended SKA-1946’s record winning streak, beating them in exciting game that went to overtime. The red-and-white had a lot of losses in November and December, which pushed them towards mid-table. Moscow fans were worried for a while that their faves wouldn’t make the playoffs this year but in the end Spartak’s direct competitors – Russkie Vityazi and Krylia Sovetov Moscow – dropped out from the race. In the opening round of the playoffs faced the very same SKA-1946 and lost the series in four games.
In Mikhail Shalagin’s absence, who led Spartak Moscow in goals last season and literally put the team on his back and carried it into the playoffs, the red-and-white saw other players fill in his shoes. Ruslan Novruzov led Spartak in scoring with 29 goals and 23 assists for 52 points in 64 regular season games. Kirill Tagirov finished right behind him, while JHL Challenge Cup participant Bogdan Lvutin and Andrei Legalin were tied for 3rd spot. Anton Mishakov led Moscow defensemen in points, while 19-year-old netminder Dmitry Kulikov played 37 games. Matvey Botov and Pavel Kanayev played two fewer games each and 17-year-old Dmitry Shatailo made his Junior Hockey League debut.
Top-scorer: Ruslan Novruzov – 52 (29 goals, 23 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Ruslan Novruzov – 29 goals
Most assists: Kirill Tagirov – 25 assists
Top defenseman: Anton Mishakov – 18 (6 goals, 12 assists) points, plus-14
Starting goaltender: Dmitry Kulikov – 37 games, 17 wins, Goals Against Average – 1.94, Save Percentage – 0.928 per game
JHC Spartak Moscow dressed 43 players in the 2019-20 Parimatch Junior Hockey League regular season – 4 goaltenders, 15 defensemen and 24 forwards.
Ruslan Novruzov was the only player to appear in every regular season game.
The most productive line – Maklozyan-Tagirov-Novruzov. The line combined for 19 goals.
Andrei Oskin led JHC Spartak Moscow in penalty minutes with 140.
JHC Spartak Moscow opened scoring 35 times and allowed the first goal of the game on 29 occasions.
Average player age – 18 years and 154 days.