Vadym Shakhraichuk’s team once again struggled in the third period, experiencing their second consecutive loss.

Kremenchuk – Kyiv Capitals – 8:6 (1:2; 3:3; 4:1)

Pucks: 0:1 – Tyshchenko (Chernenko, Kutsevych, majority), 11:06; 1:1 – Tymchenko (Ihnatenko, Braga), 11:19; 1:2 – Panchenko (Chernenko, Dvornyk), 16:27; 1:3 – Kutsevych (Oliynyk), 22:02; 2:3 – Lialka (Kryvoshapkin), 24:14; 3:3 – Serednytskyi (Tselohorodtsev, Lialka), 25:07; 3:4 – Kutsevych (Berdniks, Chernenko, majority), 29:55; 3:5 – Kryvonozhkin (majority), 37:58; 4:5 – Kryvoshapkin (Lialka, Tselohorodtsev), 38:38; 5:5 – Braga (Ihnatenko, Serednytskyi), 44:27; 5:6 – Kryvonozhkin (minority), 47:02; 6:6 – Tymchenko (Iinatenko, Serednytskyi, minority), 50:49; 7:6 – Lyalka (Tselohorodtsev, Krugliakov), 52:46; 8:6 – Kryvoshapkin (Tselohorodtsev, e.g.), 59:43

Kremenchuk: Mykyta Hordiushyn (Kyrylo Kucher, 22:03); Denys Matusevych – Nikita Krugliakov, Vitalii Lialka (c) – Hlib Kryvoshapkin – Artem Tselohorodtsev; Philip Matviienko – Dmytro Ihnatenko, Sviatoslav Tymchenko – Bohdan Serednytskyi – Vladyslav Braga; Bohdan Piddubnyi – Bohdan Pankov, Tymofii Savytskyi – Mykhailo Hevorkian – Daniil Kryvenko; Maksym Maksymenko – Dmytro Poperezhai, Illia Fedorov – Yevhenii Abadzhian – Borys Andriushchenko
Head coach: Dmytro Sumets

Kyiv Capitals: Boris Babik; Danylo Babchuk – Deniss Berdniks, Vladyslav Kutsevych – Serhii Chernenko (c) – Yaroslav Panchenko; Eetu Moksunen – Tymur Lapko, Andrii Kryvonozhkin – Mykola Dvornyk – Mykyta Oliynyk; Valentyn Sirchenko – Oleksandr Koida, Yehor Bezuhlyi – Vladyslav Luhovyi – Danylo Tyshchenko; Denys Plesovskikh – Oleksandr Valkun – Oleksandr Dreval
Head coach: Vadym Shakhraichuk

Capitals faced some personnel setbacks at this match. Following the meeting against Sokil, Sekirko, Riabenko, and Taran fell ill, leaving gaps in the team. However, Chernenko, who had missed the previous match, managed to recover and join the lineup.

The first goals were scored during the middle of the first period, signaling the start of an incredibly high-scoring game. With a pass from Chernenko, Tyshchenko capitalized on the opportunity and scored the team’s first goal, surpassing Hordiushin, who was starting for the hosts. This allowed the visiting team to take advantage of their numerical strength. Nevertheless, Kremenchuk quickly responded, equalizing the score in a well-balanced game. Tymchenko surprised Babik with a long-range throw to even the score.

However, the hockey players from Kyiv successfully maintained their lead going into the first break. In the case of the first goal, Chernenko provided his 30th assist, and shortly after, Serhii contributed team`s lead by making 31st assist on Panchenko, who scored 29th goal in a league. Notably, Yaroslav was the only player among both teams who scored in all six championship meetings between these teams.

At the beginning of the second period, Vadym Shakhraichuk’s team extended their advantage with Kutsevych finding the back of the net. Following this goal, Kucher replaced Hordiushyn at the rink. However, the hockey players from Poltava region did not take long to retaliate. Firstly, Lialka scored his 26th goal of the season, reducing the score difference, and shortly after, Serednytskyi equalized the game with a successful shot on goal.

In response, Capitals managed to convert two additional goals during power play. Kutsevych executed a flawless finish to the team’s swift attack, with assists from Berdniks and Chernenko, securing a double for himself. Towards the end of the period, Kryvonozhkin demonstrated exceptional agility and delivered another goal, widening Kyiv’s team lead. However, the momentum shifted in the second break as our team lost their two-goal lead. Lialka delivered a fantastic pass to Kryvoshapkin, who scored from close range with Babik in possession.

The home team started the third period strong and managed to equalize through Braga’s efforts. Despite this setback, Capitals persisted and Kryvonozhkin scored his 21st goal of the season during the 4×5 game for Capitals. Kremenchuk responded swiftly as Tymchenko scored again whe his team also was in the minority. In the crucial moments of the match, the hosts exhibited more strength and determination. Lialka netted another goal, giving Dmytro Sumets’ team the lead for the first time in the 53rd minute.

Capitals ended the match in a 6×4 format, however, despite Kucher’s selfless play, the Kyiv team couldn’t equalize the game even in overtime. In contrast, Babik’s absence allowed Kryvoshapkin to seize the opportunity and score a double by hitting the opponents’ empty goal. This intense match became the most thrilling encounter among TOP-4 representatives this season and is likely to be considered the highlight of the regular championship. Remarkably, the six face-to-face battles between the teams in the league resulted in three home victories for each side.

Following the match, Kremenchuk has ascended to the second position with 48 points, when Capitals dropped to third place, trailing by just one point and with a game in hand. Vadym Shakhraichuk’s team will play their next match on January 31st in Odesa against Dnipro. On the other hand, Kremenchuk will face Tryzub one day earlier at the Kyiv Sports Palace.