Slovan snaps 3-game losing streak

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HC SLOVAN with 3:2 win at Neftekhimik, our goals scored by Jeglic, Repik and Taffe in the 2nd period, 94.4% saves by goalie Stepanek.


Neftechimik Nizhnekamsk - HC SLOVAN Bratislava 2:3 (0:0, 1:3, 1:0)

Goals: 39. Ruohomaa (Puustinen), 57. Polášek (Ruohomaa) - 22. Jeglič (Chipchura, Lunter), 33. Řepík (Taffe, Gelinas), 40. Taffe (Řepík, Červený). Referees: Gofman, Sidorenko - Zacharov, Otmachov (všetci Rus.), penalties: 6:6 na 2 min, besides: Nättinen 5+DKZ za údery - Jánošík 5+DKZ za údery, powerplays: 2:1, penalty killing: 0:0, 4432 spectators.

Neftechimik Nizhnekamsk: Makarov – Timašov, Polášek, Bryncev, Volgin, Semjonov, Šaripzjanov, Ogurcov – Puustinen, Ruohomaa, Nättinen – Padakin, Nestrašil, Galimov – Porjadin, Kulikov, Chairullin – Zdunov, Jakimov, Šarifjanov

HC SLOVAN Bratislava: Štěpánek - Sersen, Gelinas, Meszároš, Grman, Jánošík, Klok, Švarný - Řepík, Taffe, Červený - Jeglič, Sukeľ, Lunter - Liška, Bailey, Rau - Hrnka, Chipchura, Sloboda.

Ziga Jeglic finished last season at Neftekhimik – ironically, his last game was a 5-1 victory over Slovan just prior to the Olympics. In PyeongChang the Slovenian forward was caught out with a doping infraction after an undeclared medication was detected in his sample. Jeglic served a six-month suspension from hockey, returning to join Slovan just before the international break. The story came full circle on Thursday when Jeglic, now free to play once again, potted his first goal since completing his ban – at Neftekhimik, the club he left last season.

Jeglic struck early in the second period to open the scoring in this game and set Slovan on the way to a first victory in four games. Michal Repik doubled the lead just after the halfway stage before the teams traded goals late in the middle frame as Mikael Ruohamaa and Jeff Taffe scored in the final two minutes of the session.

A late power play goal from Adam Polasek gave Neftekhimik hope of snatching something from the game, but Slovan held on to take a 3-2 verdict and move to within one win of eighth-placed Vityaz. Nefetkhimik failed to get ahead of Kunlun Red Star and return to the playoff places in the East.

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