Medveščak is travelling for next away game to Znojmo. Medveščak has very good head to head with Orli Znojmo as they won 14 matches and only lost two of them. Last season they confirmed that they can play well against the Czech team by winning 3 out of 4 meetings.
Last season was the first time Znojmo missed playoffs since joining the EBEL in 2011. They finished 10th, not repeating the success from the year before where they reached playoffs but fell short in the quarterfinals.
They will hope not to feel effects of losing experienced Canadian winger Colton Yellow Horn too much as he was their top scorer. Orli Znojmo will rely on the young Czech forwards Erik Nemec and David Bartos to get them points as they did last season where they placed 2nd and 3rd respectively among the team scorers.
Znojmo also lost their number one goalie, Marek Schwarz, to Liberec this offseason. The Slovak Tomas Halasz and Patrik Nechvatal will both want to establish themselves as the team’s new number one. Halasz stopped 86% of the shots he has faced and had 3.48 goals against average in 12 games while Nechvatal stopped 89.8% of shots against him and had 3.13 goals against average for Innsbruck last season. This shows the goalie battle is for either to win.
Amongst the players they added are young Finnish defenceman Patrik Parkkonen 17 points in 49 games in Swedish league, Canadian defenceman Patrick McEachen who spent past 3 seasons in France and last season had 37 points in 44 games, adding another 10 in playoffs in 11 games, American forward C.J. Stretch who got 65 points in 50 games in German 2nd tier league and aforementioned Nechvatal.
So far this season Znojmo has played two games where they both lost in overtime. As both of those games were high scoring, 3:4(aot) and 6:7 (aot) their top player Luciani has 5 points and Stretch has 4.
This will be their first home game, so the Bears will have to watch out for them having an extra motivation.
Let’s all support the Bears together and hope they bring the first win from Znojmo!