On the thirty-first game day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021, the teams returned from a general day off. Having probably regained their strength, no team was left without a defeat today. On this game day, according to the schedule, only the evening session was played.
The Ledianye Voiny had a very unusual start to this game day, first conceding 10 from Crystal, then scoring 10 against the Molotoboytsy. In the third game the team also wasn’t stingy with goals and managed 8 goals against Belsk. The team, unexpectedly, encountered some defensive troubles, which seemed to be over a fortnight ago. Of course, everything can be put down to the form of the players after the day off, but tomorrow the team from Moscow will meet again with Uralets and in the match against the team from Kachkanar even five missed pucks could be enough to lose such important points.
Belsk had a great chance to move into second place, but all of the team’s dreams were shattered by a devastating defeat at the hands of the Ledianye Voiny. In their remaining matches, the team managed to get positive results, beating the Molotoboytsy and direct top-3 rival Crystal, from which the Minsk team is now only one point behind, with the equality of games played.
The Molotoboytsy are consistent throughout, steadily taking points from Crystal and losing to the rest of the teams in the playing session. There’s still a mathematical chance of making the playoffs, but the team need to win every game, or at least cling to points.
Crystal are slowly falling behind the Armeets team in the race for the gold medal in the regular season. They are 12 points behind, losing two out of three games. In their game with the Ledianye Voiny the team took a 9-9 lead in regulation time and won by shootout. Due to today’s results the team can drop to third already on Tuesday in the 33rd game day.
The results of the thirty-first match day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021:
Ledianye Voiny – Crystal 9-10
Belsk – Molotoboytsy 4:3
Molotoboytsy vs Ledianye Voiny 4-10
Crystal – Belsk 5:7
Belsk – Ledianye Voiny 5-8
Crystal – Molotoboytsy 3:4
The Chetyre Ledokola, Belsk, Ferrum and Almaty will meet in the morning session of the thirty-second game day. Team Belsk look the preferable of the quartet as they have already started to regain their playing conditions in the most combative of conditions.
In the evening session, Armeets, Uralets and Kuznya return to the ice in Electrostal, as well as Ledianye Voiny, who have already managed to play three games after the weekend.