WITH THIS WIN, SLOVAN REACHED THE LEADING PAIR POPRAD AND ZVOLEN.
HC Mikron Nové Zámky - HC Slovan Bratislava 1:3 (1:1, 0:2, 0:0)
Goals: 6. Varga (Obdržálek) – 11. Harris (Ranford, Urbánek), 35. Harris (Valach, Štajnoch), 40. Štajnoch (Harris, Šišovský).
Referees: Orolin, Valach - Jedlička, Kacej,
Penalties: 6:8 minor penalties, Powerplay Goals: 0:2, Penalty Kill Goals: 0:0, No spectators
Nové Zámky: Kiviaho - Västilä, Fereta, Roman, Clarke, Holenda, Hain, Tóth, Šeliga – Števuliak, Seppänen, Okoličány – Varga, Doggett, Obdržálek – Majdan, Jurík, Bajtek – Zahradník, Ondrušek, Rogoň
Slovan: Gudlevskis – Sersen, Brodzinski, Maier, Štajnoch, Bačik, Valach, Beňo – Urbánek, Zigo, Šišovský – Peluso, Harris, Ranford – Rapáč, Bortňák, Matoušek – Kundrik, Jendek, Uram
The first chance of the match came when Šišovský foreshadowed the scenario of the match. Slovan was more active from the start, but in the 6th minute Peluso lost the puck and sent the pass to Obdržálka who passed it to Varga who then scored into an open net. “Bulls” then did not take advantage of power play and after the return of the penalized Valach visitors scored. Ranford pulled the puck to the left, passed it to Harris at the best possible moment, and he had no problem sliding the puck behind Kiviah - 1: 1. Gudlevskis, who in the Slovan jersey premiered in the Slovak league, then had a nice couple of saves. At the end of the first part of the game, the home team had another power-play, but even this time they were not successful.
At the beginning of the second act, Okoličány and Števuliak got into a breakaway, but Gudlevskis foiled the chance with an excellent save. The Latvian goalkeeper had to intervene even later while the team was short-handed. However, Slovan took the lead with Harris's goal in a power play when the Canadian forward found a position between the circles and Kivia was not enough for his shot. The Finnish goalkeeper was also short on Štajnoch's shot at the end of the second period, when the visitors played a power play of two players.
The home team could have done something about the match in the third period, when they played a 5 on 3 powerplay, but Gudlevskis held Slovan especially during Seppänen's attempt. Sersen could have put his team up another goal after an attack from the left, but the shot went just wide. The "Belasý" repeated their victory from Nové Zámky on Sunday when they triumphed 2: 0.