Friday night saw two evenly matched teams battle it out in front of a sell out crowd at the Slovnaft Arena. However, for one player, despite the fact his team only came away with one point, it is a night he will remember for a long time.
Ivan Švarný scored his first goal in the KHL with a powerful slapshot that scorched the twine. This goal looked like it would give the club victory, until a late equaliser and then defeat in the shootout. “Instead of three points we have just one”, said Švarný in the locker room after the game. “We had a good warm up, made some mistakes at the end, but we have to forget as soon as possible, because tomorrow we face another difficult opponent – Kazan".
Both matches between these clubs this season have ended in a shootout after a late equaliser. In the first game, it was a late goal by Milan Bartovič which took the game to overtime, and this time it was Polyganov for Neftekhimik. “Neftekhimik plays just like us – they bring it physically. However we cannot be mired in this defeat. The end of the game bothered us, but tomorrow we have to bounce back against Kazan”.