Gold medals went to the team from Yekaterinburg.
“Battle of Champions” is a tournament of the strongest amateur teams from Ufa, Yekaterinburg and Magnitogorsk. Recall that in May, these guys will go to Sochi for the All-Russia rally of the Night Hockey League in the Dream League subgroup. At the end of the first day, the leaders in the standings were taken by the hosts, Steel Axes. On the second line is located "Pioneer" from Yekaterinburg. Closing the table of USC and the Ufa club "Oil".
The second gaming day gave Magnitogorsk hockey lovers four spectacular fights.
Sunday, 9 am – it's time to enjoy an exciting game for real men. The first on the ice were intermediate leaders – "Axes" and "Pioneer". Two starting segments were dictated by Magnitogorsk, but in the third period, the guests from Yekaterinburg took the initiative and transferred the match to a bully series. The guests succeeded in it – the 3: 4 victory of the "pioneers".
Next on the ice came "Oil" and the USC team. In this match, it was not without a sensation: Ufimi nine times upset rivals, to which the Magnitogorsk responded only three accurate throws. A surprising fact: the guests from the capital of Bashkotostan twice managed to distinguish themselves, playing in the minority. Even for amateur hockey, the achievement is quite significant.
In the third match of the game of the day, Pioneer and Oil fought. Someone would have thought that after the battle with USC, the players of “Oil” would get tired, and the team from Ekaterinburg will have the full advantage. But it was not there! After two periods, the equality score is 6: 6. As they say in such situations: overtime began in the third dvadtsatiminutke. The game went to a goal, and as a result, the “pioneers” turned out to be more successful. The winning goal on the account of Andrei Vasilyev – 7: 6. The third Victoria in a row allowed Yekaterinburg to become early winners of the tournament.
The “Battle of the Champions” was closed by the hosts: Steel Axes and USC came together in the Magnitogorsk derby. Almost all the 60 minutes, "Axes" possessed an advantage, but the opponent kept, thanks to the confident game of Artem Ershov at the last line. In the third period, USC failed the deletions: in the 5 by 3 format, Danil Voronin put a full stop to the match. 3: 1 – the victory of the "Steel Axes".
The handsome cup went to the "pioneers" from Yekaterinburg. The "axes" tried on silver medals, and the players of "Oil" – bronze. But as the participants themselves point out, this tournament is just a control test of forces before the festival of amateur teams in Sochi.
The final location of the teams
1st place – "Pioneer", Ekaterinburg
2 place – “Steel Axes”, Magnitogorsk
3rd place – "Oil", Ufa
4th place – USK Magnitogorsk