BRATISLAVA, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Slovan Bratislava ice hockey club won the sixth game in a row in Slovak premier league Tipsport Liga to stretch its lead on top of the rankings, leading Banska Bystrica by three points after the 20th round on Sunday.
The Slovenian attacker Ziga Pance scored the first and also the last goal of Bratislava's 5-2 victory over the newcomers Michalovce, adding one assist in the process.
The second-placed Banska Bystrica surprisingly lost a point in the match against the worst team in the league Liptovsky Mikulas. The goalless battle had to be decided in a shootout. The last season's champions Banska Bystrica prevailed 1-0, in the end, thanks to Cason Hohmann's successful attempt.
In the east of the country, third-ranked Kosice managed to triumph over Nitra for the second time this season (winning the first clash by a remarkable nine-goal difference). The visitors were the first to strike but Kosice responded with four straight goals, led by Marcel Hascak who converted on two shots.
Fourth-placed Zvolen is in a serious pickle, losing its fourth successive match, this time 1-2 to Trencin. The home team led the scoring after the first period but the injury-plagued Trencin rallied and brought home an important triumph that catapults it from rank eight to the fifth position in the standings.
Budapest, one of the two Hungarian teams playing in the Slovak Tipsport Liga, had a field day against Nove Zamky, destroying the opponents 7-1 on home ice. The struggling Nove Zamky was the first to strike but Budapest took over for the rest of the game. The Canadian-born attacker Chris Langkow scored twice on a powerplay to lead his team to the second six-goal victory of the season.
Similar to Nove Zamky, Detva also lost its third in a row, succumbing to Poprad 2-4. Michael Vandas opened the score for Poprad and added another on a powerplay later in the game to significantly help his team move up one spot in the rankings.