Power-plays take away any Slovan's chances for a win in Minsk

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HC SLOVAN fell 1-3 to Dinamo Minsk and returned home with no points from the trip.



Goals: 18. Gragnani (Skille, Howden), 32. Linglet (Howden, Fontaine), 37. Skille (Gragnani, Howden) – 34. Réway (Mikúš, Meszároš)

On-ice officials: Soin, Ovchinnikov – Zakharenkov, Nikolaiev (all from Russia), penalties: 2-4 for 2 min., moreover Skalický 5 + until the end of the game for boarding, power-plays: 3-1, penalty kills: 0-0, 8 517 visitors

Line Ups:
Dinamo Minsk:
 Enroth – Denisov, Gragnani, Osipov, Korobov, Lisovets, Khenkel, Shinkevich – Skille, Howden, Fontaine – Pavlovich, Kovyrshin, Stepanov – Kogalev, Sharangovich, Kitarov – Buinitsky, Linglet – Drozd, Volkov
Slovan Bratislava: Štěpánek – Sersen, Meszároš, Després, Barker, Voráček, Švarný, Bačík – Genoway, Buchtele, Kašpar – Skalický, Hrnka, Sherbatov – Mikúš, Boychuk, Réway – Hecl, Sádecký, Sloboda

Edurad Zankovets had to figure out how to set the line up shortly before the game. The KHL disciplinary committee punished Andrej Šťastný with a ban for three games, who was therefore not available to play. Marek Viedenský got injured and Michal Řepík got re-called to the Czech national team. Slovan was therefore without three crucial players. It felt like the home team senses this complication and they pushed against us from the very beginning. Štěpánek was extremely busy saving Minsk's shots - he even had to save Skille's shot 8 seconds in the game! The same player transported the puck into our defense zone in the 8th minute, when his team mate Lisovets scored Minsk's first goal. Fortunately for us, the goal wasn't allowed because it got bounced into the goal from Lisovets' skate. The home team played a power-play and Marc-André Gragnani scored in the 18th minute.

Slovan got a little bit more active during the second period, picked up their pace and starting shooting at Dinamo's net. Štěpánek saved another dangerous shot. Juraj Mikúš had a chance to tie the game in the middle of the period, but he was alone in front of Enroth's net and his shot got saved by Enroth's glove. What Mikúš wasn't able to do, proved to be an easy job for Charles Linglet on the other side of the rink who used another power-play and increased Dinamo's lead to 2-0. Slovan finally scored a goal through Martin Réway. It was his first goal scored for Slovan. Unfortunately, Slovans got undisciplined and after Sádecký's penalty, Jack Skille scored Dinamo's third goal.

Although Slovan tried to change the score in the third period, the home team didn't give us many chances and the score was left unchanged. The head coach Zankovets wasn't happy with yet another penalty, this time 9 minutes before the end of the period, when Pavol Skalický got penalized for boarding and got a 5min + until the end of game penalty. Minsk didn't use any of their chances during their long power-play, and neither did later Slovan. Slovan then left Dinamo's ice with zero points.

Eduard Zankovets: Congratulations to the home team. We paid for our unnecessary penalties. Moreover, we felt too short during our penalty kills. Dinamo played their power-plays very well and this proved to be crucial for the final result.

West conference

1. SKA St. Peterburg 56 138
2. CSKA Moscow 56 124
3. Jokerit Helsinki 56 103
4. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 56 99
5. Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 56 89
6. HC Sochi 56 87
7. Spartak Moscow 56 85
8. Severstal Cherepovets 56 83
9. Dynamo Moscow 56 80
10. Dinamo Minsk 56 73
11. Vityaz Podolsk 56 67
12. HC SLOVAN Bratislava 56 58
13. Dinamo Riga 56 50
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