The morning half of day eight of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021 was almost identical to the evening part of the previous day, only instead of Almaty and Molotoboyets there were Ferrum and Four Icebreakers.
The day was full of surprises, with the first one coming from Minsk, who took points from Kuznya for the second time in a row. In their second game, the team exaggerated this result, defeating the Chetyre Ledokola, and completed their winning streak by defeating Ferrum, thus getting 100% points for the second time in the tournament, allowing the team to temporarily move up to third place in the standings and wait for the Armeets and Uralets results.
The second sensation was Kuznya’s defeat at the hands of Ferrum. Yes, the game was tight enough, and the Latvian team’s players heroically defended the winning score, defending their goalie from shots. But whatever it was, a win is a win, and the 3 points went to Ferrum. Petr Shibayev’s charges lost the other two games, and if the game with the Chetyre Ledokola was a battle until the final seconds, Belsk rolled up the Latvians, missing only a penalty shot.
Kuznya played very unconvincingly for their status as the tournament’s second team, losing in the Belarus derby and then giving up points to Ferrum. You can chalk it all up to fatigue, but the team rested 3 days ago and should conserve their strength until their next weekend off. The trend continues, with the team conceding unobvious goals, which consequently leads to disappointing results and an actual 6 point gap to Crystal, assuming that the Eletcrostal team have played 3 games less.
The Chetyre Ledokola, like the Molotoboytsy, continue to take the storm. The team led by Vasiliy Doronin continues to show an unconvincing game, with occasional spikes: the offense becomes overly productive, the goalie saves the team in incredible moments, but putting it all together like a construction set to show a convincing game in every area of the ice from goal to goal – has yet to work for non-obvious reasons.
Results of the morning half of the eighth game day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021:
Ferrum – Chetyre Ledokola 3:4
Belsk – Kuznya 5:4
Chetyre Ledokola – Belsk 2:4
Kuznya – Ferrum 4:5
Chetyre Ledokola – Kuznya 2:5
Ferrum – Belsk 1:5
On game day 9, Ferrum and the Chetyre Ledokola will be given a rest, during which the teams can prepare for future battles on the ice, practise their game patterns, and simply replenish their energy after a few difficult games.