There weren’t that many games last week in the Western Conference and Eastern Conference players took full advantage of that as they were selected for every position on this top players of the week chart. Samat and Sayan Daniyar of Snezhnye Barsy Astana scored two goals each in one games despite the difference in their positions and ended up together on this list. The players spoke about how special Kazakhstan rivalry is and their scoring race, while Sibirskie Snaipery goaltender pointed out a nice save by his teammate.
“Sibirskie Snaipery are currently 7th in the Eastern Conference so everyone on our team is hoping to improve the situation,” said Sibirskie Snaipery goaltender Vladislav Scherbakov. “We played several games on home ice last week and our fans were a huge factor. Our games draw a lot of fans. Last week we were able to beat some tough opponents, who are on top of the conference – Tolpar [Ufa] and Avto [Yekaterinburg]. Such wins boost your confidence.
“My teammate Bogdan Nefyodov also had an achievement last week – his save ended up among the top of the week. I was very happy for him. Usually coaching staff make the decision on who’s going to start at the morning practice on gameday but since Bogdan was called up to U18 Team Russia, I got the nod. When I was called up to play for Team Russia, Bogdan took my place. We try to follow Team Russia games. For example, these days we watch Canada-Russia junior series before practices.”
“As many as two Snezhnye Barsy players ended up among the top of the week and it’s all because one great game against Altay [Ust-Kamenogorsk], in which Sayan and I scored a pair each and also picked up an assist each on each other’s markers. Of course, our teammates played a huge role in that like Artur Gatiyatov, for instance,” said Snezhnye Barsy Astana defenseman Samat Daniyar.
“It’s great to play with my brother. Although, we’re not really brothers as we are cousins. We play together pretty often. Sometimes people confuse our first and last names but by now most of the guys already know us well. It’s not like we’re twins so it’s not a problem for our teammates to tell us apart.”
“We don’t have a competition between us per say because we play different positions. We always talk about what we’re going to do on the ice. I usually join offensive rushes while he backchecks. Perhaps, it’s because of this that we had the same number of points last week. However, as a defenseman, my first responsibility is to protect my own net.”
“Last week Snezhnye Barsy had rivalry games against Altay – it’s the Kazakhstan Rivalry. So we came out pretty hard for those,” shared Snezhnye Barsy forward Sayan Daniyar. “Our teammates helped me and my cousin to get a pair of goals each – it was nice to look at the scoreboard with our names on it. Samat is great when it comes to joining rushes and that’s why he scored just as many as I did. I’m happy to see him do so well. There’s no competition between us. On the contrary, we help each other out and give each other advice.
“I’m only second in Junior Hockey League scoring so far. It’s nice to be able to compete for the top spot, get points and be a leader. Although, I think foremost about my team and our success rather than my personal achievements. I play for my team.”