They earned their title of masters of ice battles thanks to the victory in the starting semi-final in the capital’s Olympic arena, beating the team from the Gomel region with a score of 10:4 (2 :0, 4:1, 4:3), informs BELTA.
As always, spectators witnessed attacks on a collision course early in the game. But just three minutes later, Aleksey Shantyka put the arena hosts ahead. A little later, the captain of the presidential team, Oleg Antonenko, scored the second goal.
True, the agency clarifies, already five minutes after the first break, Pavel Musienko reduced the gap to a minimum, but soon Alexey Shantyka scored for the second time. And literally on the eve of the break, Nikolai Lukashenko scored his double goal, and then Andrey Kostitsyn added success to the presidential team, hitting the opponent’s goal. As a result, the result was recorded on the scoreboard – 6:1.
And although in the last part of the match the attackers of the Gomel team Dmitry Pantsyrev, Aleksey Avtaev and Pavel Musienko scored three goals in a row, they failed to catch up with their rivals, as the referees indicate. . Moreover, in the very final of the meeting, the hosts again took the initiative, Alexei Efimenko, after a pass from Alexander Lukashenko, as well as Oleg Antonenko and twice Alexei Shantyk, brought the result of the duel to a overwhelming victory – 10: 4.
As for the best players in today’s game, the agency says they are Aleksey Shantyka, who scored four goals, and Gomel goalkeeper Vladislav Tochilkin. The awards were presented to them by the president of the Ice Hockey Federation of Belarus, Alexander Bogdanovich.
But the opponent of the presidential team in the final will be determined today only after the meeting of hockey players from the Minsk and Brest regions, say sports observers.
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