BRATISLAVA, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Detva extended their winning streak in the Slovak premier ice hockey league Tipsport Liga to five, beating Kosice 4-1 on home rink on Friday.
The visitors' opener was answered by their former player Jan Sykora, who eventually became the hero of the match with a hat-trick. Detva leaped from the 11th place in the rankings to eighth.
Banska Bystrica also picked up their fifth consecutive win after defeating Michalovce 2-1 in overtime in the 11th-round clash between the reigning champions and the newcomers of the league. Jordan Hickmott's fourth goal of the season decided the outcome 65 seconds into the overtime, putting Banska Bystrica on top of the rankings.
The match in Bratislava provided another overtime drama for the fans. The team from Slovakia's capital tied the home game against Poprad in the third period and Roman Zitny secured the 2-1 win in overtime with his first goal of the season. Bratislava's fourth win in a row moves them up to second place in the rankings, trailing Banska Bystrica by a single point.
Nitra's newly-appointed coach Marian Bazany failed to bring a victory for his team as they lost 3-2 away to Trencin. Canadian-born Kale Kerbashian sparked hopes for the visitors with two goals but Trencin rallied with three in succession.
Budapest, one of the two Hungarian teams playing in the Slovak league, started well in Zvolen scoring an early opener, but the hosts answered with five goals to put the game away 5-1. Kyle Bonis scored twice on one-man advantage to help Zvolen win their fourth out of the last five matches.
Miskolc, the other Hungarian club in the league, managed to snap their four-game losing streak in an attractive 10-goal match, defeating Nove Zamky 6-4. Things were looking bleak for the visitors in the second period, as they were down by three, but Miskolc scored four goals in a row to gain significant momentum that allowed them to prevail in the end.