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HK Nitra win in overtime to stay on top of Slovak Tipos Extraliga******
BRATISLAVA, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- HK Nitra continued to dominate the Slovak ice hockey premiership Tipos Extraliga on Friday, winning their ninth match in 10 rounds, for the fourth time this season in overtime though.
The league leaders edged out HC Nove Zamky 3-2 in a regional derby hosting HC Nove Zamky as Tomas Hrnka completed Nitra's overtime win with a powerplay goal to serve the visitors their third consecutive defeat.
Jozef Balaz scored shorthanded in the first period, and Samuel Bucek tied the game at 2-2 in the second period, pushing the game into OT.
HK Poprad's struggle continued after losing its fourth consecutive Tipos Extraliga match as Kristers Gudlevskis closed the curtain behind his back and brought Slovan to a close but vital 2-1 victory.
"To be honest, the match could have gone either way. Both teams did not perform on their usual level as both were missing several players," admitted Slovan coach Robert Doeme.
Struggling newcomer HC Grotto Presov snapped its series of four losses in a fixture against the second-ranked HK Dukla Ingema Michalovced.
The home team took the lead in the first period but Presov produced a superb second period, scoring three goals in succession, with two on a powerplay, and laid a solid foundation for the 4-1 victory. The visiting Russian goalie Nikita Bespalov had a great night with a whopping 40 saves.
Elsewhere, HKM Zvolen keeps on delivering and climbing the standings - now in fourth place. Four members of Zvolen got on the scoreboard in the first period, helping the home team beat HK DUkla Trencin 4-3.
HK Spisska Nova Ves lost three places and slipped down to the penultimate spot after surrendering to HC Kosice 7-1 on home ice. The visiting left-winger from Russia Vadim Pereskokov had a goal and 2 assists.
After snapping its streak of defeats in the previous round, MHK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas was hoping for another solid result, leading against HC '05 Banska Bystrica 2-0 into the final period. But the visitors mounted a superb comeback in the final stretch, scoring four goals in a row with four different shooters, effectively turning the game around.
Earlier in the week, Poprad and Trencin played out their 17th round fixture in advance and HK Dukla Trencin won 3-2. Enditem
Lazio draw with Udinese in 8******
ROME, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Lazio and Udinese played out a 4-4 Serie A game, an end-to-end thriller which saw three red cards, a comeback and a late equalizer, on Thursday.。
Lazio entered the Stadio Olimpico with two consecutive defeats in Serie A and needed a win to keep pace on the table.。
However, a pair of strikes from Beto gave the away side a 2-0 advantage after 32 minutes, despite Ciro Immobile pulling one goal back minutes later. Nahuel Molina's low strike later put Udinese in charge firmly at the interval.。
However, the Biancocelesti fought back after the break and got back on level terms in a matter of five minutes thanks to goals from Pedro and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.。
Lazio was one player down in the 56th minute when Patric Gabarron collected his second yellow card while 12 minutes later Udinese was also cut to 10 men after Molina's collision with Stefan Radu.。
The home side turned around the game in the 78th minute, as a free-kick found Francesco Acerbi to finish with a header.。
In a long-time stoppage, Immobile had scored one but was ruled out due to offside.。
Deep into the stoppage, a set-piece was taken short for Tolgay Arslan, who smashed in a first-time strike on the edge of the box, helping Udinese snatch a precious point.。
It was not over yet, Udinese had another player sent off as Walace saw red for taunting during the celebration.。
Also on Thursday, Torino squandered a 2-0 lead and settled for a 2-2 stalemate with Empoli. Enditem。