Nitra wins the Visegrad Cup

2018.01.23. 21:06 |
Both teams won on home ice as DVTK took the first game in Miskolc and Nitra took the second. In both matches the home team won 4-2, meaning after 120 minutes of hockey the teams were tied on aggregate at 6-6 and teh finals were decided in a shootout.

4-2 DVTK-Nitra
Nitra started the young netminder Frederik Foltán in net with with Attila Aodrján starting for DVTK. Rasmus Kulmala got a breakout pass, skated in and fired it past Foltán for the goal, bit a minute and a half later Radoslav Macik tied the game up at 1-1 when he scored from the slot. The period closed out with a one goal DVTK lead after Kulmala scored a shorthanded breakaway goal.

On the first shift of the second period Matej Paulovic scored off of a centering pass from Radoslav Macik to tie the game up at 2-2. In the closing minutes of the period DVTK scored twice as they opened up a two goal lead. First Nikandrosy Galanisz whipped home a rebound to give DVTK a one goal lead, Peter Sakaris lifted to the puck over the shoulder of the goal to make it 4-2 after two periods. After a scoreless third period DVTK had a two goal lead as the series shifted to Nitra for game 2.

5-2 Nitra-DVTK
For the second leg of the finals Nitra switched to Nathan Lawson in net as DVTK stayed with Attila Adorjan. Nitra scored the first goal, in the fifth minute of the game as Michal Kristof later in the period Judd Blackwater scored to pull Nitra even on aggregate and a 2-0 lead in the game. With 65 seconds left in the game Peter Sakaris was set up for the one timer.

In the second period Nikandrosz Galanisz scored from close range to tie the game up at 2-2. Less than a minute later Matus Rais scored a power play go to put Nitra up 3-2.  In the third period Matej Paulovic scored the only goal of the period. The score remained the same and the game went to overtime. After a scoreless five minutes the game was decided in a sudden death shootout where Henrich Ruckay scored the game winning goal.