October 30th, 18:00, Kyiv, Palace of Sports. Broadcast: MEGOGO, YouTube FHU
Today, Kyiv Capitals will face Oleg Shafarenko’s team for the second time in history.
Three weeks ago, the opponents spent almost three hours on the ice, and in the end, fortune to Sokil in a shootout series.
Before that, the teams played a face-to-face match before the season, also drawing a tie, but with a slightly higher number of pucks thrown. If there were four of them in the championship, then there were eight in the friendly match.
After all, during the break between the last head-to-head match, the opponents played three matches in the championship. Capitals made an amazing series with a score of 27:1. Moreover, it began with a victory over the current winner of the Cup of Ukraine – «Kremenchuk» with a score of 6:0. Such indicators allow Vadym Shakhraichuk’s team to be currently the most productive team in the championship with an indicator of 46 scored pucks (the difference between scored and missed goals is +39).
Immediately after the previous meeting, Sokil went to Belgrade, where it defeated the local team Crvena Zvezda in the Continental Cup, but lost to Kaunas and Ferencvaros with a total score of 2:11. On the other hand, Oleg Shafarenko’s team also scored nine points in the championship, winning over Dnipro, Kremenchuk and «Tryzub».
First of all, this match is important from the point of view of the standings, because both teams have only three points difference. So, if the Capitals win, they will be able to move from the third place to the first. At the same time, if Sokil wins, it will be able to further increase its` handicap over the other teams.
On the other hand, the Kyiv derby between teams that are determined to fight for the championship is gradually reaching a new level and is increasingly expected by fans. Undoubtedly, the moment of principle is also presents in it.
It should be noted that only Sokil and Kyiv Capitals played seven matches in the championship. This means that the remaining matches of the eighth round have already taken place. They ended with devastating home victories. Kremenchuk had no problems in match against Kharkiv Berserks, and also Dnipro beat Tryzub.