HC SLOVAN BRATISLAVA WON ON THE ICE OF NITRA 4: 2. 18-YEAR-OLD GOALKEEPER RICHARD NOSKOVIČ EXPERIENCED THE PREMIERE VICTORY IN TIPOS EXTRALIGA TODAY.
HK Nitra - HC SLOVAN Bratislava 2:4 (1:1, 0:1, 1:2)
Goals: 8. Dauda (Finlay, Tvrdoň), 53. Slovák (Mezei) - 2. Zigo (Brodzinski, Sersen), 35. Šišovský (Harris, Štajnoch), 42. Bortňák (Rapáč, Ranford), 57. Valach.Referees: Korba, Žák - Kacej, Jurčiak, Penalties: 5:8, Powerplays and Penalty Kills: 0:0, No spectators.
Nitra: Cowley – Mezei, Vitáloš, Švarný, Š. Nemec, Ege, Bodák, Hřebíček, Pupák – Tvrdoň, Slovák, Finlay – Fominych, Dauda, Foget – Molnár, Kollár, Žitný – Minárik, Šiška, Múčka
Slovan: Noskovič – Sersen, Brodzinski, Bačik, Štajnoch, Maier, Ališauskas, Beňo, Valach – Šišovský, Kytnár, O’Donnell – Zigo, Harris, Urbánek – Ranford, Bortňák, Rapáč – Uram, Jendek, Kundrik
The first period brought an undisciplined picture. Both teams played the same amount of powerplays, three. Nitra failed to settle in the zone, which stemmed from the shooting predominance of Slovan. With 2 minutes played, Zigo nearly put the visitors in the lead as he broke through in the middle and fired, but his shot missed. Puck found itself in the goal of Nitra in the 9th minute, but Zigo obviously kicked it in behind Cowley's net. After twenty minutes it was equalized -
Šišovský managed to score through the “walls” in front of the Nitra goal in the 35th minute. Nitra again had three numerous advantages at their disposal, but the transition to the offensive zone, as well as settling in it, caused them enormous problems. Žitný scored on the biggest opportunity of the 2nd period.
An important moment for Slovan came in the 42nd minute when the breakaway was successfully completed by Bortňák and the difference was now by two goals. Hope returned to Nitra in the 53rd minute by the Slovaks’ goal. In the 57th minute, however, comeback was not stopped as Valach scored the 4th and final goal.
After the match:
Antonín Stavjaňa, Nitra's coach: "The goals we coincided were very cheap. On the contrary, we had several chances that called for a goal.
Ján Lipiansky, assistant coach of Slovan: "I think it was an excellent, fast match on both sides. We started well and got into the lead. We kept doing the things we said well do for a long time, even though there were mistakes. We have to work on powerplays, but we are satisfied with the intensity and pace of the game. "