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Junior Hockey League media relations department continues the Room To Grow series about each team’s performance in the 11th season. Today we take a look at Reaktor Nizhnekamsk – a Tatarstan team that missed the playoffs this year.
12th place in the Eastern Conference, 62 points in 64 games. 184 goals scored, 226 goals allowed.
After enjoying several successful seasons in a row, Reaktor Nizhnekamsk missed the playoffs this year. Tatarstan’s second team got off to a decent start and stayed in the playoff zone for a while but then hit an inconsistent patch, lost points to their direct competition, dropped out from the Top-8 and never managed to climb back up. Late in the regular season the team put together a neat winning streak but Reaktor was well out of the playoff picture by that time and never made up the ground. Nizhnekamsk finished just 12th in the Eastern Conference. The downfall was largely prompted by several losses to bottom-half teams. Notably, Nizhnekamsk suffered a catastrophic 11-3 loss to Sarmaty Orenburg.
Ilya Paranin and Maxim Polkin played all of 64 regular season games and yet failed to surpass their linemate Andrei Chivilev in points. The latter played three fewer games but finished with 26 goals, 38 assists and 64 points. Interestingly enough, the forward also led Nizhnekamsk in penalty minutes this season. Daniel Butsayev scored 30 points. Bulat Motygullin led Reaktor defensemen in points. He captained Team East at the 2020 JHL Challenge Cup and led his conference to their first win in years. Yaroslav Ozolin remained the starting goaltender for Reaktor this year. He played 56 games. 17-year-old Azat Shakirov played 15 games, while Artyom Yevpak had 9.
Top-scorer: Andrei Chivilev – 64 (26 goals, 38 assists) points
Top goal-scorer: Ilya Paranin – 33 goals
Most assists: Andrei Chivilev – 38 assists
Top defenseman: Bulat Motygullin – 30 (4 goals, 26 assists) points, plus-5
Starting goaltender: Yaroslav Ozolin – 56 games, 24 wins, Goals Against Average – 3.25, Save Percentage – 0.905 on average per game
Reaktor Nizhnekamsk dressed 37 players in the 2020 Parimatch Junior Hockey League regular season – 3 goaltenders, 12 defensemen and 22 forwards.
Most productive line – Chivilev-Paranin-Polkin. The line combined for 41 goals.
Andrei Chivilev led the team in penalty minutes with 139.
Average player age – 18 years and 225 days.