Medveščak beat Saryarka from Karagand 5:1 in their first game of the Biasca tournament.
Medveščak played their sixth prep game in Biasca as part of the Biasca Tournament and beat Kazakhstan's Saryarka 5:1.
Mark Dekanich was on Medveščak's net for the first 40 minutes, while 19-year-old Andrej Vasilevic was given the opportunity to defend for the last 20 minutes. The Bears took care of business already in the first period. After just 2 minutes and 40 seconds, Jonathan Cheechoo tricked Saryarka's goalie and scored his second goal of the preseason. Five minutes later, Steve Montador took the score to 2:0. This was the Canadian defenseman with nine seasons of NHL experience’s debut season in Medveščak's jersey, and he immediately crowned it with a goal. The next goal from Zagreb's side came 28 seconds before the end of the first period from Hugh Jessiman. In the first period the Bears had four two-minute penalties, while Saryarka's players had 20+5 and one more two-minute penalty.
The second period was in the Bears' favour as well. In minute 27 Mark Popovic turned an assist from Nathan Perkovich into a goal, while ten minutes later 21-year-old Gal Koren scored too. The only shot from Karagand's team that made it into the net came from Kirill Lebedev ust 38 seconds before Koren scored on their goalie. Nobody score in the last period, and the Bears had two two-minute penalties, while Saryarka had three two-minute penalties.
Throughout the 60 minutes of game play, the Bears had 13 minutes and 52 seconds of powerplay, while Saryarka had an extra player on for 12 minutes and 26 seconds.
The Bears have another game in the Biasca Tournament on Saturday. The puck hits the ice at 7:30PM, and their opponent will be Metalurg from Novokuznetsk.
SIXTH PREP GAME
KHL MEDVEŠČAK ZAGREB - SARYARKA KARAGANDA 5:1 (3:0, 2:1, 0:0)
BIASCA - PDG Biasca. 50 Spectators. Referees: Andreas Koch, Marco Prugger, Roger Bürgi, Mathias Jetzer.
1:0 MED Cheechoo (3)
2:0 MED Montador (Linglet, 8)
3:0 MED Jessiman (Linglet, Katic, 20)
4:0 MED Popovic (Perkovich, 27)
4:1 SK Lebedev (Stupin, 37)
5:1 MED G. Koren (Perkovich, 37)
KHL MEDVEŠČAK: Vasiljević, Dekanich, Katic, Kolesnikovs, Letang, Popovic, Carle, Foster, Murley, Murray, Thomas, Willsie, Bjorkstrand, Kane, G. Koren, Linglet, Walker, Cheechoo, Glumac, Jessiman, Montador, Perkovich.
SARYARKA KARAGANDA: Gryaznov, Kovac, Homer, Kudryashov, Samarin, Stupin, Goulet, Iukseev, Kovacevic, Bendik, Khudyakov, Macho, Al. Vasilyev, Lichanec, Luchkin, Tolepbergen, An. Vasilyev, Aab, Lebedev, MacMillan, Makarov.
PENALTIES: Medveščak 18, Saryarka 43.