The Bears celebrated tonight their first win in the intermediate round, and with this win they overtook KAC and Innsbruck on the standings of the top 6 teams from the first part of the season.
The Bears came to advantage very early in the game, with a goal by Koskirante. They were more offensive and stronger, but they missed their chance for 2:0, so the Sharks surprised them in the 15th minute when Yogan, after Poulsen's assist, equalized to 1:1. The deuce brought extra energy and hope to the hosts, but Lammers, Stach and Sedivy missed their chances. Only a minute and a half after the second period start, the Bears were in the lead again, thanks to hosts' mistake: their defender Pedevilla, after a shot by Cepon, sent the puck to his own net. A series of goals followed! Olden first increased the advantage to 3:1 in the middle of the second period. The guests scored one more goal, but just a few minutes after Olden, the league top scorer Morley made use of 5-to-3 power play situation and increased to 4:2. The next goal for the Tyroleans followed, Lammers reduced to 3:4 sending puck between Carr's legs, but Kudelka, just before the last period end hit the hosts' empty net, and increased to 5:3.
Together with the scores, Boivin had a good evening with 3 assists, and Kevin Carr saved 28 out of 31 shots from the host skaters.
On the top 6 standings, Vienna is still in the lead with 15 points; RB Salzburg has 12, and the 3rd Linz 8. Medveščak is 4th with 3 points, 5th KAC has 2, and Innsbruck has no points.
On Saturday (5.30 p.m.) Medveščak hosts Red Bull Salzburg in Zagreb. After this game, a 10 day pause follows, because of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
HC TWK Innsbruck 'Die Haie' - KHL Medveščak Zagreb 3:5 (1:1,2:3,0:1)
Referees: SCHUTZ M., SMETANA L.; KONTSCHIEDER K., NOTHEGGER D.
0:1 MZA Koskiranta T. (01:18 / Cepon M., Lehtonen M. / EQ)
1:1 HCI Yogan A. (14:50 / Poulsen M., Clark A. / EQ)
1:2 MZA Cepon M. (21:40 / Aviani M., Boivin M. / EQ)
1:3 MZA Olden S. (28:09 / Netik T., Boivin M. / EQ)
2:3 HCI Sedivy O. (29:01 / Yogan A., Clark A. / EQ)
2:4 MZA Morley T. (34:26 / Noonan G., Boivin M. / PP)
3:4 HCI Lammers J. (37:37 / Sedivy O., Clark A. / EQ)
3:5 MZA Kudelka T. (59:20 / Noonan G., Koskiranta T. / EQ)
Shots on goal: 25 - 31
Penalties: 10 - 10
INNSBRUCK: Swette R. / Nußbaumer F., Pedevilla F., Stach L., Guimond S., Ouellet-Blain J., Wehrs K., Lindner P. / Teschauer D., Bishop H., Lammers J., Yogan A., Spurgeon T., Schramm F., Poulsen M., Schennach B., Clark A., Sedivy O., Bär L., Paulweber C.
MEDVEŠČAK: Rosandic V. / Deutsch A., Puzic I., Cepon M., Boivin M., Tikkanen H., Noonan G., Kudelka T. / Brine D., Lehtonen M., Zanoski T., Simsic N., Olden S., Puskarich M., Jarcov L., Poyhonen M., Koskiranta T., Netik T., Morley T., Aviani M.
Source: EBEL; HRT