In the evening half of the third game day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021, the teams of Almaty, Armeec, Uralec and Ferrum played each other.
On this April evening we can safely say that Armeets shone, taking revenge on their main rivals this evening – Uralets, beating Almaty and Ferrum by a combined goal difference of 17:2 in 2 games. Just the third game was a clash with Uralets – a match in which both teams showed very entertaining, unyielding hockey, and the red and blue team emerged victorious in an equal contest.
It’s likely that after today’s game the spectators had two questions as an aftertaste: What is Almaty playing at and why did the Ferrum team, which currently has a 0-6 record, come to the tournament at all.
Let’s start with the first: as a fresh team Almaty obviously must get used to the format, speed and dynamics that match the level of top teams playing in ISHF tournaments. Yes, at the moment the team has only 2 wins, and both against Ferrum, but they are also gradually starting to enter the tournament, scoring five or more goals against such a big name team as Uralets, as well as the surprise tournament leader Crystal. They need to repair their defence a bit, start guarding the goaltender, and the team will start to play at a playoff contender level. As for Ferrum, they have a goal difference of 45-5. And the fans of this team have to enjoy at least the fact that goals have started to appear in their opponents’ net. Great things start small, and who knows, maybe the team will find their game, but they have to do it as quickly as possible, otherwise they’ll lose their playoff chances early in the tournament.
The Uralets obviously didn’t need a break after the first Gameday, as today they crushed Almaty and Ferrum in their first two games, following the example of their colleagues from Armeets, but lost to them in the head-to-head game, about which we wrote a little above.
Ferrum – Armeets 1:8
Uralets – Almaty 9:6
Almaty – Armeets 1:9
Uralets – Ferrum 10:0
Ferrum – Almaty 3:6
Armeets – Uralets 4:3
The Ledianye Voiny and Belsk teams return for the fourth Gameday. They will replace the Molotoboytsy and the Chetyre Ledokola, who should clearly benefit from the break. In addition to the return of the two teams, on the fourth Gameday of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021, the spectators will be able to see the third round in the clash between Crystal and Kuznya, as well as Uralets and Armeets. Both teams are currently 1-1 on wins in their pairs.