The Bears leave Moscow with another victory against CSKA and three points under their belts. The game in the Ice Palace ended in 1:3.
Unlike the first time the two teams faced off against each other and Medvescak won 7:1, the second time around the score wasn't so high, but tensions were high from the first to the last minutes of the game.
"Both teams played really well, and the intensity was like a playoff game which is to be expected when there are only two games left in the regular season. The powerplay goal was crucial for us. It made a difference, and Dekanich played really well, especially in the last period when he made an effort not to let CSKA tie the game'', said Medvescak's coach Mark French.
The first period was marked by penalties (Jessiman, Kane; Fyodorov, Prohorkin) and a lead for the Russians (Prohorkin, 17th minute). The Bears didn't take long to tie the score though. In the 25th minute, Matt Ellison effortlessly took over the puck behind the net and managed to slide it in from the right corner behind Jeff Glass. Nine minutes late Matt Murley took it to 1:2. Even though the home team took 15 shots on goal during the second period, while Medvescak took only 8, goalie Mark Dekanich didn't let a single puck get past his goal line.
''The boys played incredibly in front of me. They secured a good oversight of the ice for me which made it easier to defend the net. It's always nice to win a game, especially at a time when the playoffs are knocking on our door'', commented Dekanich.
CSKA didn't hold off the pressure in the third period, but 50 seconds before the end of the game the Bears secured the final 1:3 score.