DMITRY ERYKALOV: “LOKO AND SIBIRSKIE SNAIPERY LET THEIR EMOTIONS GO LOOSE”

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06.04.2016 в 19:20

DMITRY ERYKALOV: “LOKO AND SIBIRSKIE SNAIPERY LET THEIR EMOTIONS GO LOOSE”

Championat.Com’s reporter Dmitry Erykalov spoke to MHL media relations department after the end of the series between Loko Yaroslavl and Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk Region.

 

“The teams piled up a lot of penalty minutes in Game 3 of the series,” said Erykalov. “At times there were three of four players from one side in the penalty box. I think, the players were nervous because of the atmosphere at the rink. It was a whole different game, very different from what we saw in Yaroslavl. It was different emotions-wise, character-wise and willingness-to-battle-wise. Loko played textbook hockey on home ice, and in Novosibirsk the players let their emotions go loose. ‘The Snipers’ lost their cool a few times because of nervousness and their incapability to turn things around. Especially after they collapsed in the opening period of frame and didn’t capitalize on several scoring chances after. Key moment of the game was when the home team had a long 5-on-3 man-advantage but couldn’t get a single goal to get closer on the scoreboard. When your opponent is down two men for such a long time, you must score.”

 

- How did you like Loko Yaroslavl in this series?

 

- ‘The railway men’ have had a very good team for several years now, but every time they lacked something to make it to the finals. It was fun to see that their team wasn’t all about just their top-line. [Alexander] Polunin got injured, but [Pavel] Kraskovsky and [Yegor] Korshkov still played well. [Daniil] Yurtaikin and [Roman] Krikunenko also looked great. The latter, in my opinion, is going to one of the key players for Loko next season. It’s a well-disciplined and well prepared physically-wise team, while Dmitry Krasotkin is the best MHL coach right now. He’s the number one candidate to land a KHL job in the near future.

 

- Sibirskie Snaipery won bronze medals for the first time in franchise history…

 

- Nikolai Zavarukhin left the team again this season and went to Neftekamsk. Last time he joined Toros, ‘the Snipers’ fell apart. This time around the team turned things around, head-coach Yaroslav Lyuzenkov changed their game, stepping down from Zavarukhin’s defensive-minded hockey and in the end Novosibirsk got their best result in history. They beat two top Eastern Conference teams and I’d like to say once again that hockey fever in Novosibirsk has reached junior league as well. They draw large crowds for their regular season games and when they get support from six or even seven thousands fans, it means a lot.

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