SLOVAN BRATISLAVA SUCCEEDED IN TUESDAY'S LONG OVERDO OF THE 9TH ROUND OF THE TIPOS EXTRA LEAGUE ON THE ICE OF HK NITRA 4: 3 AFTER THE SHOOTOUT.
HK Nitra - HC Slovan Bratislava 3:4 OT and SO (1:1, 2:1, 0:1 - 0:0, 0:1)Goals: 5. Ege (Žitný), 25. Foget (Holešinský, Žitný), 31. Tvrdoň (Slovák, Nemec) - 16. Matoušek (Ališauskas, Šišovský), 31. Kundrík, 57. Kytnár (Šišovský, Meszároš), rozhodujúci sam. nájazd Ranford.Referees: Žák, Novák - Frimmel, Gegáň, Penalties: 3:5 minor penalties, Powerplay Goals: 2:1, Penalty Kill Goals: 0:1,No spectators
Nitra: Cowley – Mezei, Š. Nemec, Švarný, Hřebíček, Knižka, Ege – Tvrdoň, Slovák, Finlay – Žitný, Kollár, Hrnka – Fominych, Foget, Holešinský – Minárik, Šiška, Múčka - Gubo
Slovan Bratislava: Parks – Maier, Ališauskas, Meszároš, Štajnoch, Brodzinski, Valach, Beňo – Šišovský, Kytnár, O’Donnell – J. Uram, Urbánek, Ranford – Matoušek, Bortňák, Kundrík – Jasenec, Jendek, Lepskij
The introduction clearly belonged to the Slovan. However, Nitra was the first to take the lead in the 4th minute. The scoring account was opened by the American defender Ege. Both Ranford and O'Donnell had opportunities to equalize, but Cowley resisted. The home team offered the Slavs a four-minute power play, in which the emphatic Matoušek equalized to 1: 1.
In the second period, Nitra punished the penalties of the Slovan twice. First, in the 25th minute, when Foget took advantage of a power play, and then Tvrdoň when he scored and made it 3:1. From the attack of Slovan, moreover in while short-handed, Kundrík managed to reduce the score to one goal difference 32 seconds before the end of the second period. Nitra subsequently closed the opponent in the zone several times, especially the active Finlay.
In the 48th minute, Jendek and Jasenec could have penalized Hřebíček's uncertainty, but Nitra was held by Cowley. With 55 minutes played, seemingly due to lack of experience, Minárik who had an excellent opportunity completely missed the open net of Parks. Slovan was able to punish it as best as they could. In the 57th minute, Kytnár ended the Nitras lead with an uncompromising shot and sent the match into overtime.
After 63 minutes, the home team was awarded a penalty but even in the OT, the tie prevailed so Shootout was next, in which all four Slovan executors overcame the American goalkeeper of Nitra.