HC SLOVAN BRATISLAVA LOST IN FRIDAY'S MATCH OF THE 49TH ROUND OF THE TIPOS EXTRA LEAGUE WITH HC MIKRON NOVÉ ZÁMKY 1: 4.
HC SLOVAN Bratislava: Gudlevskis – Štajnoch, Meszároš, Ališauskas, Sersen, Brodzinski, Maier, Valach, Beňo – O'Donnell, Harris, Gašpar - Rapáč, Zigo, Matoušek - Urbánek, Kytnár, Kundrík - Lukošík, Bortňák, Jendek
Slovan started with experienced defenders Sersen and Meszároš, who returned to the squad after recovering from injuries. In the beginning, the game was too fragmented. In the middle of the first period, the home team survived the first penalty kill after which Harris scored a goal when Gašpar made a great cross-crease pass. Nové Zámky managed to answer in the opening act, in the 18th minute after the pass of Lacobellis, Mikuš hit precisely from the left circle - 1: 1.
In the second part, the guests were better and more active in shooting. In the 25th minute, Okoličány and Rogoň finished up close, but Gudlevskis saved it, as well as with the shots of Västil and Jurík. In the 34th minute, O'Donnell tried it from a good position among the circles, but he was not successful either. Nové Zámky did not relent in their offensive efforts and in the 36th minute they received a second hit. Jurík prevailed and got the guests into the lead.
In the third period, the “Bulls” did not allow Slovan to get into many dangerous situations, on the contrary, they constantly threatened Slovan in their offensive zone. Gudlevskis had to be wary of Seppänen or Feret's shots. It wasn't until the 51st minute that the home team played a power play for the first time in the match, Harris had the best chance to equalize, but his wrist shot from the top of the left circle was not accurate. In the end, Slovan could not get into the pace, in the effort to equalize he increasingly risked what the guests were able to punish. In the 57th minute, Jurík definitively decided their triumph with his second goal in the match. Immediately after the Bulls scored, Slovan pulled the goalie, but less than two minutes before the end Nové Zámky sealed the result to 4: 1 for Nové Zámky with the goal in an empty net.
This loss means that Slovan will be playing against HK Nitra in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Whether the series will start at home will be based on the results in the last 50th round of the regular part. The Quarter finals will start on Wednesday, March 31st.