The second half of the fourth game day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021 brought together a quartet of teams of equal strength and results.
You can judge the identity of strength between the four teams by the final results – 4 out of 6 matches ended with a one goal difference or in a series of penalty shots and only two matches ended with sensational big victories, in both games the Uralets team was defeated.
The Ledianye Voiny were able to strengthen their squad with several top-class players. Thanks to pinpoint transfers to problematic lines, the Ledianye Voiny were able to get a 100% result, beating their opponents. The result of the first match (victory over Uralets) seemed sensational to many short hockey fans, but with their confident play in the following matches the players of the Russian team were able to prove to everyone that the achieved result in the match against the ISHF LIGA PRO BELARUS OPEN 20/21 champion was not an accident, but a regularity.
The Armeets failed to increase their success the day before and lost 2 out of 3 matches to their direct rivals for the place in the standings.
Moreover, the team failed to score a win in regulation time, playing the first game of the tournament in which regular time ended without scoring a goal. It’s hard to speculate what caused the problems in the Armeets attacking line, but the team captain should understand how to repair their game and make quality attacks to their opponents’ net, which helped them to earn three wins in the third gameday.
The Urals cannot yet find the balance in their game style to get on the winning track and start their ascension to the next championship medals. Another important factor of these results for the Kachkanar side is the spirit with which the other teams approach their matches against the Uralets. Everyone at the tournament understands that Uralets is a relentless, strong team, the players of this team have vast experience in short hockey, played in numerous tournaments and became winners.
Fans of the Minsk team Belsk should not get upset with the team’s results. The absent players have joined the squad, and should be able to get on well with the rest of the squad. Despite the losses, in each game the team battled until the last seconds, fighting for every millimeter of ice.
The results of the second half of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021:
Uralets – Ledianye Voiny 2:5
Belsk – Armeets 0:1
Armeets – Ledianye Voiny 2:3
Belsk – Uralets 7:4
Uralets – Armeets 4:3
Ledianye Voiny – Belsk 3:2
The start of the second week of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021 will be marked by the absence of the two leaders Crystal and Kuznya. Both teams finish their cycle of games and give way to the Molotoboytsy and Chetyre Ledokola.
Crystal cannot catch up with the other teams at the moment, but if one of the teams (Armeets , Ledianye Voiny , Uralets ) can win all their matches, it could become second in the standings.