Another tour of the Night Hockey League was completed on November 3, with Arctic Hockey Team visiting its long-time offender, Stalker. The statistics of the two teams’ games lasts endless and sad eight years, including two years of bitter defeats in semi-finals of the Sochi tournament and a loss in the finals of the Moscow Championship in a penalty shootout.
This season, Igor Khatsey’s team got up to cruising speed with an impressive goal difference and an obvious desire to end the failure series. Arctic came to the ice all charged up for the battle, and Kirill Chernov (No.77) broke the ice quite soon. Our players rushed to consolidate their advantage, and 10 minutes into the game Oleg Dymchenko (No.28) succeeded in this, followed by Alexey Telezhnikov (No.33), who scored at the end of the first period while Arctic enjoyed the majority on the ice, served by Tomilin (No.37).
The second period was a fierce fight with numerous fouls. Stalker tried to catch up with Arctic, but Ilya Mogilevkin (No.1) stood strong as the last resort, while our forwards took every chance they could for a counter-attack. Nevertheless, no goals were scored in the second period.
At the end of the game, viewers, including our club veterans, enjoyed a multitude of goals. The players were exhausted in the second period, so the game was quite open at the final period. Stalker scored its first goal at the start of the period; Arctic responded eight minutes later, with Ilya Kolyagin (No.31) restoring the comfortable three-goal advantage. The game was heated that night: plenty of fouls, brawls, many players withdrawn from the ice. Arctic scored its fifth goal while being two players short; Maxim Bugrov (No.5) did the trick. The final score was thanks to Oleg Dymchenko (No.28) – 1:6. Arctic did a great job ending the unpleasant series of losses, by demonstrating team spirit and outstanding physical performance.
Our team will play its next game away against Alfa-Time November 10 at 4:30pm.