November 19th, 18:00, Kyiv, Palace of Sports. Broadcast: MEGOGO, YouTube FHU
Vadym Shakhraichuk’s team is set to face the winner of the previous championship’s bronze awards for the second time this season. The first encounter between these two teams took place at the beginning of the season, when Capitals faced Oleksandr Bobkin’s squad. Тhe hosts lost 1:3 on their home ice at the Kyiv Sports palace. This match remains the only one in history between these two rivals.
As the teams prepare for their upcoming meeting, they find themselves in slightly different circumstances. Following a brief break, the capital’s team emerged victorious in a challenging match against Trident, securing a 4:2 victory. On the other hand, the «pikes» missed the 11th round due to a postponed match against the Kharkiv Berserks. However, just before the break, they were able to secure a victory against Sokil in a home match, resulting in the first defeat of the season for the current tournament leader.
The head-to-head match between the two teams also holds great significance in the tournament. Currently, both teams have an equal number of points, but the Kherson team has played one match less. This gives the Capitals the opportunity to seek revenge and surpass their rivals, potentially moving up to second place. On the other hand, Dnipro has the chance to extend their point advantage over Vadym Shakhraichuk’s team.
Face-to-face confrontations at each position are expected to be highly intriguing. In particular, Oleksandr Bobkin’s team will have the challenging task of containing Yaroslav Panchenko, the current leader of the scoring table with 14 goals. On the other hand, Dnipro’s duo, Stetsiura-Sydorenko, is also in good form, scoring 15 goals against their opponents.
It is worth noting that one match has already taken place as part of the 12th round, with Sokil in Vinnytsia emerging victorious over Berserks with a score of 5:2. Today, as part of the daytime program, Tryzub and Kremenchuk will take to the ice at the Kyiv Sports Palace at 14:00.