A very good game with excellent play is what marked Bears' third home game of the season, the first and only in September for the next four weeks. This was Spartak Moscow's fourth visit to the Ice Hall and for the fourth time they secured a win. This time around it was a minimal one that came about in the last period, on a power play.
“I like the way my team competed after a tough loss the other night. It was a hard fought game and Danny Taylor gave us a chance to compete. It was a close hockey game with chances on both sides. But, at the end of the day, we needed to find a way to score a goal, which we didn’t and Spartak found a way to capitalize on a mistake of our hockey team,” Gordie Dwyer, the Bears’ Head Coach said after the game.
As expected, it was an open game on both sides with abundant chances which kept goalies on their toes. Taylor, on Medvescak’s side and Svensson on Spartak’s exchanged saves one for one and kept the nets empty until the last ten minutes of the game.
“It was a lot of back and forward. Taylor kept us in it for 60 minutes, but you don’t win hockey games unless you score. We had one goal last game, no goals this game. We have to work on that,” Edwin Hedberg commented.
Just like Hedberg, who played his 100th game in the Bears’ sweater, said, capitalizing on chances was the host’s weakness today. “The game could have gone either way. We’re disappointed with the loss, but we’re happy with our effort. We played our hearts out and in the end we can come away from the game with some good things. We battled, won pucks, created chances, but just couldn’t capitalize,” Mark Katic, who returned to playing D for this game, agreed.
“It felt good, like old times. I played that position for the last couple of years so I felt comfortable to get back there. I knew my assignments and I just tried to push the puck ahead to the forwards. Too bad we couldn’t score.”
With a fight in them till the end, this was the first game in which the Bears minded their penalties. “It was certainly an area focus of ours and I think we did a good job today. As we knew, Spartak loves to play physical and there were a lot of calls, a lot of broken plays on both sides, so there wasn’t a lot of rhythm in the game,” Dwyer commented.
In the middle of the final period the only goal of the game was scored. Guest outsmarted Taylor o a power play, and the Bears couldn’t respond despite a few great chances at the very end. But, even in defeat, the fans behind the home team.
“We have the best fans in the league and when they get behind us we feed off them. They’re disappointed with the loss, but I also think they’ve respected our effort tonight and it showed at the end,” Katic said.
Video source: www.khl.ru
Fans in the Ice Hall have picked Danny Taylor as The Player of the game.
The Bears will embark on their longest journey of the season. They won't be in Zagreb until 30 September when they host Slovan Bratislava starting at 7:30 PM.
Their next game is on Tuesday, 6 September at Neftekhimik Arena in Nizhnekamsk.
KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB – HC SPARTAK MOSKVA 0:1 (0:0;0:0;0:1)
KHL, Ice Hall of Dom sportova, Zagreb
49:10 0-1 Lukas (Leshchenko, Berdbikov) PP1
SHOTS ON GOAL: 32- 30
PENALTIES: 10 min – 6 min
KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB: Taylor, Hovinen, Genoway, Parlett, Mahbod, Giroux, Smejkal, Glumac, Brule, Hedberg, Butler, Bolduc, Bezina, Perkovich, Smith, Morrisonn, Mertl, McMillan, Katic, Pare, Arkalov
HC SPARTAK MOSKVA: Svensson, Bespalov, Hogstrom, Kalinin, Berdnikov, Bondarev, Vasilyev, Nikontsev, Baldayev, Potapov, Leshchenko, Biblenko, Bobrov, Provoljnev, Bobylyov, Radil, Kuvayev, Li, Plotnikov, Stoa, Shmelyov, Gilroy
Photo: Igor Šoban / Pixsell