The Bears could not hold on to a good start of the game in Minsk with a lack of discipline that followed in the second period. It resulted in three pucks in their own net and one in Dinamo's. In the last frame the hosts continued with the initiative and had one more goal for the final 6:2.
“We came out strong in the first period, the atmosphere in the arena was electric and it was evenly played. In the second, the game got away from us. We weren’t focused or paid attention to details and Minsk knew how to punish that. Dinamo feeds off of their power play and we gave them too many chances. In the end, that was the difference. Minsk was the better team out there and deserved the win,” Medvescak’s head coach Gordie Dwyer commented.
Dwyer will join Team Canada at the upcoming Spengler Cup as an assistant coach, and today’s hosts, Dinamo Minsk will also be taking part in the tournament.
The game started off promising for Zagreb team. Jakub Krejcik shot a bomb from the blue line in the sixth minute on the first power play for his first of the season and Medvescak’s early lead. Game continued in a high pace and the hosts answered by scoring on their power play to even the board.
“We took too many penalties and it decided the game. We gave them too many man advantages, put ourselves in a bad position and in the second period we stopped going forward and shooting. In the third period it was hard chasing the result no matter how much we tried. We have a few days off coming and it will be good for everyone to step away, especially after this game, and get ready for the homestand,” owner of the first goal commented.
Middle frame saw three goals in the first four minutes, and one of those three was the second one in Lalande’s net, courtesy of T.J. Galiardi. After Dinamo’s fourth goal, also a second one for Ambrozhechik, Michael Garnett replaced Drew MacIntyre in Medvescak’s net.
The hosts took over the game, completely dominating and finishing off with a high 5:2 before the second break. Last 20 minutes was a festival of penalties for the Bears, but penalty kill was a bit more effective, taking only one more goal.
In Minsk Arena, Medvescak had their fans to support them. “We all thank the fans for making such a big trip to come and support us. It was nice to see and hear them on the road. I’m sorry we couldn’t win for them,” Krejcik said.
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Penultimate road trip of the season is finished and the Bears have a few days off due to the international break. They get back on home ice on Monday, 19 December against Traktor Chelyabinsk, the first of three opponents before Christmas. Puck drops at 7 PM CET.
HC DINAMO MINSK – KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB 6:2 (1:1;4:1;1:0)
KHL, Minsk arena, Minsk
05:04 0-1 Krejcik (Galiardi) PP1
14:42 1-1 Komarov (Stepanov, Gragnani) PP1
20:36 2-1 Materukhin (Ellison) PP1
21:09 2-2 Galiardi
23:45 3-2 Stepanov (Lisovets, Gragnani)
30:36 4-2 Ambrozhechik (Ellison)
38:05 5-2 Ambrozhechik (Ellison, Klinkhammer)
52:06 6-2 Materukhin (Kovirshin, Gragnani) PP1
SHOTS ON GOAL: 34 - 23
PENALTIES: 4 min – 39 min
HC DINAMO MINSK: Lalande, Scrivens, Ellison, Klinkhammer, Ambrozhechik, Gragnani, Graborenko, Komarov, Materukhin, Kovirshin, Gotovets, Lisovets, Kulakov, Drozd, Pavlovich, Shinkevich, Henkel, Karaban, Stepanov, Kitarov, Bailen
KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB: MacIntyre, Garnett, Galiardi, Butler, Pare, Parlett, Morrisonn, Genoway, Mertl, Katic, Krejcik, Bezina, Giroux, Lessio, Bolduc, Larkin, Smith, Zanoski, Glumac, Perkovich
Photo: HC Dinamo Minsk