Korolev Joins Exclusive List With 100-Point Season
LONG BEACH BOMBERS 100-POINT CLUB
Filip Martinec (2013-2014) - 110 Points
Tomáš Nemeth (2013-2014 & 2014-2015) - 109 Points & 103 Points
Anton Bowallius (2016-2017) - 102 Points
Tomáš Urbanec (2017-2018) - 101 Points
Artem Korolev (2018-2019) - 100 Points
The young Russian sensation, Artem Korolev, recorded a 5-point night, on Saturday, in the Western Division Championship's deciding Game 3. The feat lifted Korolev's season point total to 100, making him the second-youngest player in franchise history to register a 100-point season (Tomáš Nemeth, 2013-2014). He becomes just the 5th player in Long Beach's 25-year history to join the franchise's 100-Point Club. Last year, his teammate, Tomáš Urbanec, notched his 100th point in the final game of the season, the team's semi-final loss to the Ogden Mustangs, at the Thorne Cup Finals. Korolev currently has 28 Goals and 72 Assists, as the club gets ready for it's third-straight appearance at the Thorne Cup Finals (Ogden, UT), on April 9-13.
The Uzbekistan-born winger's 72 Assists are currently the 3rd-most in a single season, in franchise history (Nemeth - 78). Last year, as a 17 year-old, Korolev recorded 14 Points in the WSHL's Thorne Cup Playoffs, and was named to the Thorne Cup Finals All-Tournament Team. This season, he is 3rd on the roster with 8 Playoff Points (Gennady Malaschenko - 12 & Tomáš Urbanec - 10). Korolev opened the scoring in the do-or-die Western Division Finals' Game 3, on a bottle-popping snipe, before going on to add another goal and 3 assists. With a strong showing in Ogden, Korolev could approach the franchise records for Single-Season Assists and Points.
Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, "Artem is always the first one on the ice, and the last one off. Nothing he accomplishes is a coincidence or stems from luck; he earns it. He has a very bright future ahead of him. He is an amazing teammate, and he does everything in his ability to help the team win games. In playoffs, he has been used against the other team's top line, and is still producing at an elite level. He showed us last year that he is at his best when it counts the most. His dedication to his craft, and his work ethic, are at a level far superior to most of his peers. I think we will see big things from him, but in the short-term, we are just excited to be heading to Ogden with the honor to continue playing hockey, and even more so knowing that #27 is on our side."
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