The evening half of the fifteenth game day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021 was even more unpredictable than the first.
0 – that’s how many victories the Crystal team won today. A sensational series of defeats for the recent tournament leader. Obviously, the absence of their main goalkeeper, who apparently really is half the team, is having an impact. Conceded goals were not the only problem faced by the team from Electrostal this evening. In a match against a direct rival, the Armeets, the team simply forgot how to score. The magic of experience is gone, and even their opponents no longer view Crystal as some kind of god.
The Molotoboytsy can clearly take credit for tonight’s game. Yes, there was only one win, but over whom – Crystal. The team dominated throughout the game, and had the players used their shots on empty-net goals more confidently, without making several unnecessary circles in the offensive zone, the team could have avoided a nervy finish and pulled off an even more confident and sensational, in many ways, victory.
The Armeets continue to sit at the top of the table, losing only to Belsk tonight. They’ve really put together an exceptional team, beginning to stamp out victories like an assembly line, giving the team back the greatness that was shown in Slovakia. At this stage in the tournament, Armeets look favourites to win the title, although a week ago they were saying the same thing about Crystal.
The most successful team of the evening was Belsk. Every player in this squad fights for each other. Perhaps Belsk is the most cohesive team in the tournament. Tomorrow morning the team will have a chance to knock on the door to the top of the tournament if the team shows the same solid play in all matches.
The results of the evening half of the fifteenth match day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021:
Belsk – Crystal 6:5
Molotoboytsy – Armeets 1:6
Armeets – Crystal 5:1
Molotoboytsy – Belsk 6:7
Belsk – Armeets 2:1
Crystal – Molotoboytsy 5:7
The Ledianye Voiny and Uralets return to the ice on 16 April, with each team set to kick off their respective fixtures: The Uralets can move up a notch in the standings, while the Ledianye Voiny need to close the gap to 6th place. In the morning, Belsk and Armeets face off again and have a chance to break away from Crystal ( in Armeets’s case) or climb to the top of the standings for the first time (Belsk).