Oguzkhan HC silver winner of the International tournament
HC Oguzkhan of the Turkmengaz State Concern played versus HC Khimik from Moscow Oblast in the final of the first junior (U17) ice hockey tournament for the Turkmenistan President’s Cup held at the central arena of the National Winter Sports Centre. During the stubborn fight our compatriots lost to their rivals from the great hockey state – the Russian Federation and won the silver medal.
Since opening the Winter Sports Complex in Ashgabat in 2011, the Turkmen school of hockey has made the first steady steps. As of the International tournament, it revealed many other positive moments that open up vast opportunities before Turkmen hockey players. First of all, the first junior (U17) ice hockey tournament for the Turkmenistan President’s Cup has proved that our sports facilities are able to host international tournaments and that Turkmen teams can play versus the representatives of famous hockey clubs as an equal. That was vividly proved by a breathtaking final match scored 3-1.
As was reported, eight teams split into two groups were participating in the tournament organized by the State Committee for Sport of Turkmenistan and the National Winter Sports Centre. Group A consists of HC Oguzkhan of the Turkmengaz State Concern, HC Silver Lions from St. Petersburg, the Russian Federation, HC Raubichi-96 from Belarus and the team from the United Arab Emirates. Group B is composed of Galkan HC of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the junior team from Turkey, HC Khimik from Moscow Oblast and HC Neftyanik from Almetyevsk, the Russian Federation.
The first seconds of the final match vividly demonstrated that the both teams were aimed for a hard and uncompromising struggle. Our compatriots opened the score in the sixth minute. In the 22d minute of the match the rivals could bring the score level and in the seventh minute of the second period kicked the second puck. Our sportsmen became more active and persistent but goalkeeper of the Russian team repelled the attacks. The second round ended with the score 3-1.
In spite of all efforts of our hockey players, the third period didn’t bring the desired result and HC Oguzkhan won the title of the Vice Champion. Nevertheless, this didn’t make the army of fans upset. They greeted their heroes with a storm of applause as participation in the final of the first junior (U17) ice hockey tournament for the Turkmenistan President’s Cup for HC Oguzkhan is a victory. Thus, let congratulate our hockey players with this success and hope next year a Turkmen team will win the main prize of the International tournament in Ashgabat.