In the decisive match for the major prize of the tournament, the Belarusian national vice-champions beat Finnish Riihimäki, going on the attack immediately and winning by a magnificent 41:22 (23:8). Alexander Bochko scored seven times, becoming the most efficient player among the winners.
In the 2013 finals, the Minsk team also defeated Riihimäki 32:26, and crushed Estonian Põlva 31:26 in 2014. The squad is preparing for the important round of the national championship, where it will first battle HC Meshkov Brest, at Minsk’s Sports Palace. SKA has now eight points after six games in the second stage while the Brest players have 6 points (having been able to join the national championship in the second stage).
During the second stage four teams are eager to reach the semi-finals, with the first-placed team playing the fourth, and the second squad facing the third. The winners will then meet to decide gold, and the losers will play for bronze. All medal series will last until two victories of one of the teams.
By Georgy Shablyuk