Nitra solves at the end and earns a ticket for the Superfinals

Nitra solves at the end and earns a ticket for the Superfinals

Davide Tuniz19 Nov 2022Davide Tuniz»

Hosts win the game against a brave Kremenchuk in the last part of third period, staying unbeaten


Nitra earned a place in the Superfinals only prevailing in the third period an indomitable Kremenchuk, who held his own against the strongest hosts until the end

Kremenchuk started more aggressively in search of three vital points to continue the race to the Superfinals, calling the home goalkeeper Honzik twice in the first minutes to difficult saves. Nitra, however, took control of the game and opened the score in the 10th minute with Filip Knies good to take advantage of a loose puck and beat the innocent Zakharchenko. Even at 13:33 the Ukrainian goalkeeper can do nothing on a Marek Tverdon's close-range touch in double power play. Two minutes before the siren, Kremenchuk returned to the game with a beautiful goal by their best player, Vitali Lyalka, who found an unstoppable shot for Honzik from mid-range. A few seconds from the end outstanding save by Zakharchenko with the legging.

The middle period was very lively with chances on both sides and a slight dominance of the Ukrainians, who deservedly equalized in the 30th minute with a beautiful shot from distance by Lyalka who found the bottom corner of the Slovak goal. Nitra's reaction is vehement, forcing Zakharchenko to make a couple of excellent saves again. Two consecutive power plays produced Nitra's third goal in the 35th minute: Josef Balaz's shot found the top corner without chance for Zakharchenko.

But the Ukrainians did not give up and found another beautiful goal after less than a minute of the third period with Evgeny Ratushny putting the puck exactly at the intersection of the posts. At the 45th minute after a bad clash on the board between Duke and Sibilevych, with the Ukrainian player who has to leave after a few minutes on the ice, while the Canadian receives a penalty match. In the 5 minutes of superiority the Ukrainians fail to score but naively suffer the fourth goal just after the penalty, losing a puck in defense and allowing Jozef Balaz to bypass Zakharchenko and deposit on goal. It is a goal that extinguishes Kremenchuk allowing Nitra to control the last part of the period finding the fifth goal again with Knies with a shot from the circle of faceoffs, the sixth at 54:34 with Miroslav Pupak from distance and the last with a minute and a half from the end with Sebastian Cederle

With this victory, Nitra remains undefeated and secure a spot to the Superfinals. A brave Kremenchuk would have deserved more and from tonight is already eliminated

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