The morning half of the eighteenth game day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021 saw several interesting clashes between teams that became iconic during the three weeks of the tournament, although there were only 2 teams from the top half of the standings. Again the trend continues, with most teams beating each other in one way or another.
Crystal took advantage of the pause of their two chasers and consolidated their position as tournament leader. When all the leaders and the main goalkeeper are on the team, it’s almost impossible to beat them, but in the absence of their main goalkeeper, Dmitry Shishkin, the team has problems.
The Uralets managed to get just 3 points in the box this morning, beating the Molotoboytsy. Due to the poor results of late, the team does not stop rotating both field players and goalkeepers. Based on the standings, the team is still sitting in 4th place thanks to past wins, but if Kuznya performs well tonight, they risk losing it.
The Ledianye Voiny were able to beat the Uralets, and that was the end of all the positives this morning. The win was followed by a rout of Crystal and a surprise loss to the Molotoboytsy, in a match with whom the Ledianye Voiny were unable to print out the opponent’s goal.
Molotoboytsy gradually gain momentum: after losing the first match to the leader of the tournament, in the second game they were able to impose a struggle Uralets, and in the third game and even locked their net, letting their goalie to make the first shootout in the tournament.
The results of the morning half of the eighteenth match day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021:
Molotoboytsy – Crystal 4-7
Ledianye v Uralets 6-5
Crystal v Ledianye Voiny 10-6
Uralets – Molotoboytsy 5:4
Crystal – Uralets 7:4
Molotoboytsy vs Ledianye Voiny 2-0
In the evening half of the game day the spectators can expect another match between Ferrum and Almaty, and Mogilev Kuznya will try to move Uralets from 4th place in the tournament.
On game day 19, the Molotoboytsy and Crystal take a break from games. For Crystal it’s a chance to rest after the tough games that led the team back to first place, while for the Molotoboytsy it’s another chance to find their game and climb out of 9th place in the table.