Posted: 21.02.2024 17:41:53

The puck belongs in the goal

The President’s team won the fifth match in a row in the Republican Hockey League

The stands of the Minsk Olympic Arena, as always, were filled to capacity, and the decibels of public attention to what was happening on the ice spoke for themselves — the audience cheered loudly and emotionally all together — bright, lively and prolific hockey did not let anyone get bored for a minute


The squad of the Head of State beat the team of Grodno Region with a score of 10:4. Aleksandr Lukashenko scored two assists. One of the best forwards in the history of Belarusian hockey, Andrei Kostitsyn scored a hat-trick, while Nikolai Lukashenko scored two goal shots. The match kept everyone on the edge of their seats. At the beginning of the first period, the guests were more active — they did not lose courage in the face of a formidable opponent and created quite a few dangerous moments. However, the hosts played cat and mouse with their rivals, first letting them feel free and then turning on a predatory instinct at the right moment to score a goal. Artyom Karkotsky from the winners’ team and Maksim Skiba from the guests’ team were recognised as the best players of the match. They were awarded prizes by the bronze medallist of the 2004 Olympics, eight–time world champion in track cycling and honoured master of sports, Natallia Tsylinskaya.
Traditionally, the audience could enjoy spectacular performances by popular singers during the match breaks. The most active fans took part in exciting contests right on the ice rink; the winners won prizes from the Presidential Sports Club. This time, as always, the audience was not left without a shower of gifts as the players of the President’s team poured plush toys upon faithful hockey fans.
In other matches of the day, the Minsk Region team defeated hockey players from Gomel Region — 9:1, and the representatives of Vitebsk Region in a stubborn struggle turned out to be stronger than the national team of Mogilev Region — 6:5.

By Sergey Kanashits