BRATISLAVA, March 27 (Xinhua) — The third round of the Slovak ice-hockey premiership playoff qualifiers saw HC Mikron Nove Zamky turn the series against HC Kosice, taking a 2-1 lead after a convincing 5-1 victory on Saturday.
After losing the initial match-up against HC Kosice, HC Mikron Nove Zamky won two in a row. Two goals in the first period, only 30 seconds apart, put the home team ahead.
Adam Lapsansky cut Kosice’s deficit to one early in the second, but Nove Zamky stretched the lead to two goals again only moments later and the Canadian forward Steven Iacobellis’s second goal of the night expanded the home team’s lead to 4-1 shortly after, forcing the visitors to substitute their goalie. The change did not help and Nove Zamky triumphed 5-1 in the end.
HC ’05 Banska Bystrica also forced the fourth match in the series by beating HK Dukla Trencin 2-1 in overtime.
Bystrica succeeded in the seventh minute of the second period when their Swedish forward Kevin Gabor converted on Ivan Datelinka’s pass from behind the goal, taking the 1-0 lead. Only two minutes later, Trencin’s forward Jozef Svec tied the game up.
Tying 1-1 into the overtime, Trencin started to celebrate the advancement into the play-offs after Branislav Rehus’ backhand goal but the video referee waved it off because of goalie interference. Instead, Banska Bystrica erupted in joy as its Canadian defenseman Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin became the hero of the night with his first goal of the season, putting the game away at 2-1. Enditem