In the evening half of the sixteenth game day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021, two tournament leaders and two teams from the bottom of the standings fought it out. The leading status gave the teams no advantage, and sometimes, on the contrary, it gave their opponents additional motivation for the match.
The unlikely loser of the evening was the Uralets team, who lost all their matches. The captain should definitely rethink the position of the goalkeeper, who was to blame for several of the missed pucks. In addition to the goalie, there are questions about the defense, where the players have been giving their opponents a pass, allowing several shots in a row on their own goal. In the last game the team completely lost their aim, the puck literally refused to go in even from 100% of their shots.
Unexpectedly the Ledianye Voiny won 3 out of 3 games, defeating not the easiest of opponents. Thanks to this result the team is gradually getting closer to the leaders of the tournament. They’re beginning to do what their fans expect them to do – beat their opponents in class, regardless of their opponent’s rank or strength. We want to believe that the team will continue on their winning streak, and this evening was no exception in the tournament.
Crystal, despite losing one match, managed to reclaim first place in the tournament. After their loss to the Ledianye Voiny the team got their starting goalie back in the frame and that was a big factor in their future results. The Electrostal team need to come up with something new, because as we can see, the opponents have learned almost everything the team used to surprise with.
The Molotoboytsy continue to take the team by storm. The team defeated the Uralets, and then crashed both games against Crystal and Ledianye Voiny with a bang. The most disappointing of these matches was of course the game against the Ledianye Voiny, who managed a 0-4 comeback. The team’s players rarely communicate with each other on the court and some continue to flirt, sometimes losing 100% of their chances.
The results of the evening half of the sixteenth game day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021:
Molotoboytsy – Uralets 5:4
Ledianye Voiny v Crystal 4:3
Crystal v Uralets 7-4
Ledianye Voiny v Molotoboytsy 7-5
Molotoboytsy vs Crystal 2-5
Uralets – Ledianye Voiny 1:7
On matchday 17 the field of hockey shorts sees the return of Ferrum, who had two wins before the break (5 in total), and Almaty, who on the other hand have started to show an unstable game. It can be said from experience of this tournament that the pause in games affects teams in different ways, so it will be doubly interesting to watch the teams that left plenty of questions to their game before their day off. In the morning, the second and third placed teams in the standings will meet in the first leg, and should Minsk win, they will be the temporary leaders of the tournament.