The morning half of the seventeenth game day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021 saw the table leaders finding out who and what place they would take at the end of the day, whether the Armeets would be able to streamline their game and whether Crystal would remain the tournament leaders. The Molotoboytsy, who remain in last but one place in the tournament, are the clear winners in this quartet.
The Molotoboytsy surprisingly show identical matches. The day before they lost to Crystal 2-5, today 2-6, followed by two defeats to Armeets and Belsk with the same score of 5-6. A frightening statistic for the team’s fans. Proceeding from the results of the last two matches, I’ve seen that the team lacks just a bit to win, take for example the particular case when after equalizing the match with Belsk, the team concedes the decisive goal after 6 seconds and loses the meeting.
The Belsk players clearly got off on the wrong foot this morning. The team lost 2 out of 3 matches, and in the last one they had big problems with the Molotoboytsy, who are in 9th place and on a normal day would not have brought any problems to the Minsk team.
The top team this morning was the Armeets, beating both direct rivals and the Molotoboytsy, who stuck to this quartet, with whom they had a bit of a struggle. In games against direct competitors the team from Balashikha did not have any particular problems, first defeating Belsk in the first game, and then defeating their direct rivals for first place – Crystal, sending 9 pucks to the gate of the Electrostal team.
As a result, Armeets are back in first place.
Crystal, having got all the leaders back in the line-up, have had only 2 wins. And while with the Molotoboytsy the win was confident and logical, with Belsk the team experienced problems, giving their opponent chances to catch up.
At the moment it’s hard to single out any leaders, we can only register: Armeets are in first place, Crystal are second and Belsk are third. The gap between the top three teams is over 15 points, and it’s likely that unless some other team starts racking up endless wins and destroying the established Top 3 line-up, it will be these teams who will find out between themselves who gets the championship gold medals.
The results of the morning half of the seventeenth match day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021:
Belsk – Armeets 2:6
Molotoboytsy – Crystal 2:6
Armeets – Molotoboytsy 6:5
Crystal – Belsk 5:4
Armeets – Crystal 9:4
Belsk – Molotoboytsy 6:5
On 18 April 2 teams from the Top 3 of the Championship will take a break. Armeets and Belsk should obviously be pleased with their results, as they’ve managed to pull away from their pursuers and occupy a confident position at the top of the standings during this game cycle. At the moment the gap between the leading three and 4th place is an impressive 17 points.
In the evening part of the game day, the Uralets will try to get even with the Ledianye Voiny for their humiliating defeat, while Almaty and Ferrum will return after their rest to answer the question about the current situations in each team.