A sharp fight until the end. Michalovce beat Košice and on Wednesday they can even the series – Extraliga – Hockey

The hockey players of HK Dukla Ingem Michalovce won the third semi-final match of the Tipos extraliga playoff over HC Košice 3:2. They reduced the four-game winning streak to 1:2. The fourth duel is scheduled for Wednesday again in Michalovci.

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Moment from the Michalovce – Košice match.

There were no changes in the lineup of Košice after the second match. Coach Michaloviec kept the composition of the defensive pairs, but there were changes in all four formations.

Forwards Peter Bjalončík and Roman Žitný returned to the lineup, defender Jakub Cibák alternated on the wing of the third formation. Filip Vašaš and Radovan Puliš did not appear in the lineup.

The home team took the lead in the 13th minute when Bjalončík scored from close range, and after Hammond’s goal in a weakened position, they led 2:0 from the 28th minute. Košice reduced the score to 1:2 thanks to Jääskeläinen, but Žitný restored the home team’s two-goal advantage in a power play.

Shortly after that, Lamper deflected Breton’s shot and reduced the score to 3:2, but the visitors could not equalize. Not even Pollock was able to do it, who did not score from a free kick in the 59th minute.

HK Dukla Ingema Michalovce – HC Košice 3:2 (1:0, 1:0, 1:2)
Goals: 13. Bjalončík (Hammond), 28. Hammond (Suja, Pavlovs), 52. Žitný (Michalčin, Galamboš) – 44. Jääskeläinen (Pollock, Fejes), 53. Lamper (Fejes, Breton). Judges: Štefik, Hronský – Durmis, D. Konc Jr., expulsion: 5:5 for 2 min., power play: 1:0, weakness: 1:0.
Košice: Janus – Olsson, Breton, Šedivý, Southorn, Ferenc, Deyl, A. Bartoš – Bartánus, Chovan, Tybor – Jääskeläinen, Pollock, Fejes – Lamper, Slovák, Paršin – Jokeľ, Hovorka, Havrila
Michalovce: Škorvánek – Hammond, Osburn, Mihalik, Michalčin, Macejko, Glazkov – Bjalončík, Buc, Garreffa – Okoličány, Suja, Chalupa – Cibák, Galamboš, Zitný – Pereskokov, Pavlovs, Zabusovs

Kúdelka will also lead Michalovce in the 2023/2024 season

Slovak hockey coach Peter Kúdelka will work in extraleague HK Dukla Ingem Michalovce in the 2023/2024 season as well. The club informed about it on the official website.

“We are extremely happy that a young, promising and aggressive coach like Peter will continue at Zemplín in the 2023/2024 season.

Throughout the season, Peťo convinced us of his professional and human qualities with his passion and hard work, and as head coach, he gave our team character and game face. We believe that it is the right path for Dukla in the future as well,” said sports manager Marek Mashlonka.

Kúdelka came to Michaloviece before the 2022/2023 season. In its beginning, he worked as Tom Coolen’s assistant, and he remained in the same position even after the change of head coach, when Roman Stantien took over the team in November.

At the beginning of February, the Michalov club decided on the second coaching change of the season, and Stantien was replaced by Kúdelek. He led the team to 8th place after the regular season. His wards subsequently met Dukla Trenčín in the playoff qualification, which they eliminated 3:2 after the matches.

They were also successful in the quarter-finals, when they surprisingly managed to defeat HC Slovan Bratislava 4:2 on the matches. In the semi-final series with HC Košice, they lost 1:2 after three duels.

Source: Pravda – Športweb – Futbal – Hokej by sportweb.pravda.sk.

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