The morning half of the thirteenth game day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021 presented 2 interesting matches from a tournament point of view: Crystal – Uralets and Ledianye Voiny- Molotoboytsy. The rest of the matches had a clear favourite and an outsider.
Again the Molotoboytsy team finished the game day without a win. The most realistic chance to gain points was against the Ledianye Voiny. Both teams approached this match with 2 defeats received from the morning group leaders. But even in a head-to-head encounter the Molotoboytsy were unable to catch up, losing 4-3, thus remaining 2 points away from the coveted 8th place which gives them the right to play in the play-offs.
The Ledianye Voiny got a significant reinforcement for this game day, which was Nikita Katsedym. The lead from 8th place is 14 points, so the team, for now, may not worry about their tournament ambitions, although 2 big losses from the leaders should be alarming for the players.
The team from Kachkanar had only 1 meaningful match in the 13th matchday – against Crystal. The Uralets players dealt with the rest of the opponents without any problems, with an equal score of 5-2 in both games. The Uralets team could not overcome the obstacle in the form of Crystal from Electrostal, having lost the game they had seemingly won back in the 1st period.
Crystal, having warmed up on the Molotoboytsy and Ledianye Voiny, approached the battle with the Urals in full gear. Dmitry Shikin, who is one of the best goalkeepers in the tournament, returned in goal. After the first period it seemed that the match had already been lost, and the return of the main goalkeeper was a controversial decision, as the team was losing 0:6. But further on the team from Elektrostal locked the gates. 0 conceded in the remaining 2 periods and, more importantly, 7 goals scored. The denouement happened at the very end of the game, when Crystal players sent two pucks into the gates of their opponents, 48 minutes apart.
The results of the morning half of the thirteenth game day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021:
Molotoboytsy – Crystal 4:6
Ledianye Voiny – Uralets 2:5
Crystal v Ledianye Voiny 7-4
Uralets – Molotoboytsy 5:2
Crystal v Uralets 7:6
Molotoboytsy vs Ledianye Voiny 3-4
After this game day 2 teams go to the weekend at once, namely Crystal, who regained the palm of the tournament, and the Molotoboytsy, who continue their unbeaten streak. Obviously, both teams need a rest, only the former need it to replenish their strength and the latter to figure out how to win.