The thirty-seventh game day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021 was the penultimate stage before the whole championship came to a head. In the morning half Belsk was the master of its own position, as the team from Minsk needed to develop a gap from the pursuer, which is only Uralets. In the evening session there was much more intrigue as Uralets, Crystal and Kuznya literally decided between themselves who would take what place at the end of the championship.
The Ledianye Voiny beat only Almaty. Provided the team falls to someone in the top 3, these are not exactly results that the team and its management would be happy with, to say the least. The day off they’ll be afforded on the final game of the regular season is just what they need to replenish their energy before the all-important knockout rounds.
Ferrum came up with another surprise at the end of the tournament – 2 wins in 3 games. This time the victims of the Latvian team were the Ledianye Voiny. As usual, they were victimized by Almaty, who can’t manage to defeat this opponent in their last matches.
Almaty are coming off a very shaky finish to the championship. We already know, that the team from Kazakhstan in the first round of the draw Jakhn cup will play against Armeets, and it is still not clear what the team can expect in matches with the champion. 0 wins on the day, and only in the match against the Ledianye Voiny was the team close to getting three points.
Belsk will now definitely remain in second place in the table. Once again, the team has the maximum number of wins for the day. The team is now unassailable to the chasers and goes to pause before the playoffs as the championship silver medalist, as well as one of the potential cup contenders.
Kuznya suffered 3 defeats today and left all pretensions for the high places in the table. The team stays in 5th place and will meet someone from the Uralets/Crystal pairing in the playoffs.
Crystal did their best to regain their 3rd place, but the defeat by the Armeets team from Electrostal ruined their plans. The team still has a chance to make it into the bottom three, but to do so the Kachkanar side needs to allow two defeats in regulation time on game day 38.
Uralets lost the confrontation with Crystal, but still they are 4 points above the team from Electrostal. Fantastic intrigue hangs over the last game day, with the Uralets only playing in the second half.
The not yet crowned regular season champion, the Armeec are in training mode, losing only to the Uralets. Yes, there’s a fight in every game, but Armeets manage to come out of most of the encounters victorious, and that proves once again that the team is in a deserved place.
The results of the thirty-seventh match day of the ISHF LIGA PRO ELECTROSTAL OPEN 2021:
Belsk – Ledianye Voiny 5:4
Ferrum v Almaty 4:1
Ledianye Voiny – Ferrum 7-8
Almaty – Belsk 3:7
Ledianye Voiny – Almaty 8:6
Belsk – Ferrum 9:2
Kuznya – Armeets 4:6
Uralets – Crystal 6:7
Crystal – Armeets 4:5
Uralets – Kuznya 11:3
Kuznya – Crystal 6:8
Armeets – Uralets 2:4
Belsk and Ledianye Voiny will be on pause for the final, 38 Gameday – very handy before the play-offs.
Tomorrow’s clash between Uralets and Crystal will decide who will take the bronze medals of the championship, as well as the final positioning of the teams in the fight for the Jakhn Cup.