Spartak proved they are worthy of the name they’re carrying last night, after the first period that was dominated by the hosts by effort and flair, Spartak managed not only to come back but take full control of the game and in the end achieved a great victory.
“I like the way we started the game, we were the better team in the first, we dominated the ice, controlled the game but we lost all momentum by the end of the game. Spartak’s forecheck gave us headaches and we didn’t manage to follow the tempo they set on us.
They tired us out, we made some critical mistakes and they just kept adding to their lead. We didn’t take advantage of our chances, we made mistakes and we weren’t good on defense.” analysed head coach Gordie Dwyer.
The first period showed promise, Medvescak started with a high tempo as was expected, pushing the away team deep into their own end. Willpower, speed and creativity in creating chances, with slightly lacking precision were on the side of the hosts. The first goal came in the third minute, Patrick Bjorkstrand found himself in the right place at the right time, picking up Colby Genoway’s rebound. The remainder of the period was played in an offensive tone, but realization was missing, which the guests took advantage of. Moments after Gilbert Brule served his penalty, Artyom Voronin shot the puck through the legs of Gasper Kroselj, giving us a tie game at the end of the first.
This was the first and the last time in this game that the scoreboard showed a tie game. Soon after the start of the second, the away team earns a penalty shot, which was turned into a one goal lead by Evgeny Bodrov, everything seemed to have went downhill for the hosts from there on.
A quick third goal in a precise passing play by Vyacheslav Luschenko and Lukas Radil completely turned the game around. The Bears didn’t score on the powerplay, mistakes piled up and the frustration seemed to have rised with every passing minute.
Spartak took what was given to them, suddenly the team who had problems scoring during the season had easily found the way to the net.
Cal Heeter started the third in goal, but that lift the spirits of the hosts, neither did it stop the deficit from increasing. The away team scored another three goals before the end of the game.
“It was a really hard game. I don’t know what to say, I think we played really well in the first. They came back, scored a couple of quick goals and that just depleted all our energy. We need to find the strength and will to endure attacks like that in the future. It’s hard to keep calm and collected when your opponent scores a few quick goals like that. Hockey is a quick game, things turn around before you even realize it, that’s what happened to us today.” said Patrick Bjorkstrand.
It was him that was announced as the HOK Player of the game, chosen by the fans in the Ice hall.
“I wanted to say thank You to the fans for staying with us all the way to the end, we owe them one. We hope to play better on saturday, we know the atmosphere will be electrifying, that the fans will support us same as they did today.” Gordie Dwyer said hoping for a better outcome in the next game.
Medvescak continues it’s second home stand on Saturday, 19th of September against reigning champions SKA St. Petersburg. The game starts at 5:30 PM in the Ice hall of Dom sportova, tickets can be bought on all Ticketshop sales spots as well as online on www.ticketshop.hr .
As always, tickets will also be available for sale on the Ice hall box office from 4 PM on the day of the game.
Video source: www.khl.ru
KHL MEDVEŠČAK ZAGREB - HK SPARTAK MOSKVA 1:7 (1:1;0:3;0:3)
KHL, Ice hall of Dom sportova, Zagreb
02:09 1-0 Bjorkstrand (Genoway)
17:41 1-1 Voronin (Genoway, Engren)
20:39 1-2 Bodrov PS
24:00 1-3 Radil (Luschchenko) PP
38:17 1-4 Gilroy (Korobov)
42:48 1-5 Bodrov (Potapov, Gilroy)
52:21 1-6 Gilroy (Luschchenko) SH
59:30 1-7 Radulov (Vasiljev, Toluzakov)
SHOTS ON GOAL: 31 - 30
PENALTIES: 15 min - 29 min
KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB: Kroselj, Heeter, Kinrade, Genoway, Deutsch, Shiafotdinov, Giliati, Glumac, Brule, Mäntylä, Hedberg, Jämtin, Bjorkstrand, Gysbers, Jurcina, Smolenak, Morrisonn, Saarinen, Mertl, Katic, Kvapil
HK SPARTAK MOSKVA: Engren, Ivannikov, Genoway, Gilroy, Yermakov, Bodrov, Potapov, Voronin, Radulov, Korobov, Leschchenko, Diblenko, Sorokin, Ipatov, Shafigulin, Tatalin, Vasiljev, Radil, Levickij, Ablaev, Shmeljov, Gilroy, Tokuzakov