By National Teams of Ice Hockey

Anikó Németh took up the position of goalkeeper for the Hungarian team, while Helga Milibák served as the backup. Hayley Williams and Petra Szamosfalvi were not included in the match-day squad.

The national team had a fantastic start, with Alexandra Huszák, who was celebrating her 100th game, scoring a goal just one minute into the match by skillfully maneuvering the puck past the opposing goalkeeper. The first period presented limited opportunities, but as the game progressed, the Hungarians gained the upper hand. However, they were unable to extend their lead. Despite being at a disadvantage, the defense performed admirably, with Anikó Németh making crucial saves.

In the opening of the third period, the Slovaks managed to reverse the situation. Hlinkova scored the first goal with a power play, capitalizing on a rebound. Istocyova then skillfully maneuvered and fired a shot from to the short side corner. Seizing another opportunity, the home team extended their lead in the 52nd minute when Kubekova knocked in a puck that had been returned from behind the goal. However, the Hungarian team refused to surrender, and within a little over a minute, Boglárka Báhiczki-Tóth narrowed the gap with a precise shot. Determined to equalize, the national team relentlessly pressed forward, even enjoying a man advantage in the second half. Finally, in the midst of a scramble in front of the goal, Regina Metzler successfully leveled the score.

In the game, there was a sense of caution due to the additional time. Lotti Odnoga’s shot posed a threat, while on the opposing side, they had the opportunity to secure a win with an extra player, but Németh managed to save their attempts.

Réka Dabasi successfully converted the penalty Shot for  Hungary, and Fanni Garát-Gasparics scored in the winning shot resulting in a 4-3 victory for Hungary.

With this win in Bratislava, the national team has now accumulated six points in the tournament, just like they did in Budapest back in December. This serves as a promising indication ahead of the World Championship in April.