Friday’s meeting of the 8th round of the hockey Tipos extraliga 2021/2022 between Zvolen and Poprad offered a small 13-goal shootout.
Photo: TASR, Radovan Stoklasa
HK Poprad coach Peter Mikula with charges in the archive slide.
In the replay of last season’s final, the reigning champions finally rejoiced from the close triumph 7: 6 after extra time.
The home team led practically throughout the match.
However, the “chamois” equalized to 5: 5 in the middle of the third period and led for the first time in the duel after the intervention in the 57th minute. However, they did not maintain a hopeful state, when at 59:49 Peter Zuzin sent the match into overtime.
In it, thanks to the goal of the defender Oldrich Kotvan, she leaned to the side of the Zvolen family.
“Even though we were leading the whole time, we finally lost two minutes before the end. We managed to equalize, to score a goal in overtime, so we have two points, for which we are happy, but to collect six goals at home, that’s a lot, “admitted according to the website of HKM Zvolen assistant home coach Andrej Kmeč.
The “right hand” of Zvolen coach Petr Oremus admitted that, despite the attractive course, there were too many individual mistakes in the meeting. However, he appreciates that the team took over at the end of the duel in an unfavorable situation.
“Hats off to the boys that the unfavorable development in the end turned around and well defended the opponent’s power play. Today it was also decided that we used power-ups and showed especially the will to fight to the end, “added Kmeč.
Poprad goalkeeper Marek Čiliak admitted that getting six goals in regular time is enough.
“It was a shootout, but we have to keep that conclusion. It looked like we were coming out of the pond and only going to score goals. We played badly in defense.
The contractors did not follow the instructions we set ourselves. We have to sit down and break it down. In front of our goal we have to make a much bigger order, “said the 31-year-old goalkeeper with national team experience from Zvolen.
Ján Šimko, assistant coach of Petr Mikula in Poprad, also expressed a similar spirit.
“Today it was confirmed that hockey is played until the 60th minute. All the time we are catching up with the opponent’s lead, in the end we will even manage to turn around and we will be hit again by a heart attack.
We didn’t even make it to the extension, so we only have a point. We were not a worse team in this match, we lost two points, “remarked Šimko.