The evening half of the eighth game day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021 passed by the Molotoboytsy team, who lost their next 3 games in the tournament. The other teams successfully took points from each other, even Almaty.
The team from Kazakhstan seemed to have found their player, and the player found his team. We’re talking about Ilya Ostrovskiy, a recent transfer to the Almaty. With Ilya’s arrival, the team was finally able to breathe on the ice, getting working victories not only over Ferrum, but also over such giants as Armeets, and winning confidently and resoundingly. Even in the defeat against Uralets it was a pleasure to watch the team play. Now the team from Almaty looks like a working mechanism that just needs a bit of tuning.
The fans from Kachkanar can breathe easy – their team is back. Game looks confident and solid, as it was at the tournament in Belarus, and given that the list of opponents has only grown stronger, we can safely say that the team is taking its place without too much difficulty. Still, there are questions about the interaction between the defense and the goalkeeper, but otherwise – the team finally settled on a track on which it may well get if not to the championship (there they need to overtake Crystal, who is not going to slow down) then they will certainly try to bring to the Sverdlovsk region Jakhn Cup.
Regarding the Molotoboytsy team, the diagnosis “feverish” has been chosen incorrectly. The team has now lost 6 games in a row, and all three defeats are not identical to each other. One was in a penalty shootout, the second was a rout in regulation time, and the third was scoreless. As time passes, there are no fewer questions. Before the tournament the team was quoted in the elite list of potential champions, and in reality we already have 9th place with no visible prospects on the horizon.
Armeets managed to return the favour by beating the team from Kachkanar with 5 pucks difference in the last match. In many ways the team should thank their goalkeeper – Denis Shupinskiy who refused to concede (exclude one) every shot by the opponents, sometimes making unbelievable saves which have to be included in the list of the best saves of the week. At the same time, the team lost to Almaty by virtually the same score. The best result for the team could be considered a 4-0 win over Molotoboytsy for two reasons: their confident control of the game throughout, and secondly Denis Shupinskiy .
It should be noted that the real winner from all these matches was Belsk, who, thanks to such results from the Armeets and Uralets, managed to retain their third spot in the standings.
The results of the evening half of the eighth matchday of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021:
Molotoboytsy – Armeets 0:4
Uralets – Almaty 9:4
Almaty – Armeets 6:2
Uralets – Molotoboytsy 7:3
Molotoboytsy – Almaty 3:4
Armeets – Uralets 6:1
Day 9 will be similar to 8 in its first half: again, a Belarusian derby and 2 teams in search of their style of play. But Friday night will give all short hockey fans exciting matches in each pairing, which will be played between Uralets, Armeets and the returning Crystal and Ledianye Voiny .