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Fifth win in a row for the fifth spot in the West

Reports 30.09.2015.
Fifth win in a row for the fifth spot in the West

Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk came to the Ice hall ready to fight until the very end. But it seemed they were met by an even more inspired Bears team that in the end had a little bit more energy, which gave them their fifth win in a row.

“I’m happy with the way we competed today. Neftekhimik came here after a huge away victory and it was obvious in the way they played that they came here to earn some points. They played a tough, physical game, but we kept our composure, concentrated on the things that mattered most and stuck to our game plan. Today we proved that we can answer any challenge,” commented head coach Gordie Dwyer.

Hard and physical games have become the usual for Medveščak this season. But, while the wins are coming, hits hurt less and the learning and confidence curves grow ever upward. The first period started with three goals in the first seven minutes. The Bears found themselves on the scoreboard thanks to a precise shot by Mike Glumac.

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Although they took the early lead, the Bears heated up slowly in the first. WIth every passing minute, especially after they conceded the second goal of the game, the level of play rose for the hosts. Speed and precision were increasing and their game was getting more fluid with every passing second.

“We started off well, but a few wrong decisions and bad bounces cost us not only the lead, but also had us trailing. We were cornered a bit, maybe because of the sudden lack of confidence and we had to find a way to get back into the game and forget what happened. I’m happy with the way my team responded and got back into the game,” said coach Dwyer.

With less than five minutes left in the first period, Colby Genoway masterfully held onto the puck along the boards, harassing Neftekhimik’s defense with a few beautiful dekes until he passed the puck to Edwin Hedberg who found the way to the back of the net with a laser shot, for the second time in two games.

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Next two periods passed without a change in the result, but action wasn’t lacking on the ice. Equality in every aspect of the game gave only a few chances on both sides, but even then the goalies were up to the task.

Penalties and faceoffs broke up the game, even more so in the third period, but a constant physical tempo kept the level of competition and uncertainty high. Regulation time ended with two goals on both sides, while the overtime period continued in the same tempo, it proved to be luck for the Bears. Kinrade finished a great passing play with Jesse Saarinen to give Medvescak the win.

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We had our ups and downs throughout the game. At the start it took us a bit of time get adjusted to the new lines, but as the game went on we were getting more and more adjusted. It was frustrating at times, but in the end we found some more energy and the way to the win. I’m happy about the goal, but it was a team effort,” said Kinrade and answered shortly to the question about five wins in a row “You got to ride the lightning.”

Edwin Hedberg was chosen by the fans as the HOK Player of the game, who scored the Bears second of the game, as well as his own second in two games.

The Bears continue their home stand on Friday 2nd of October when they will host former Gagarin Cup champions in the Ice hall, Metallurg Magnitogorsk. The game starts at 7:30 PM, tickets are available at all Ticketshop sales spots as well as online on www.ticketshop.hr , as always tickets will also be available at the Ice hall box office 90 minutes before the start of the game.


KHL, Ice hall of Dom sportova, Zagreb


00:25 1-0 Glumac (Gysbers)

05:37 1-1 Poligalov (Molivzorov)

06:50 1-2 Zdunov (Taffe)

13:21 2-2 Hedberg (Genoway)

62:02 3-2 Kinrade (Saarinen)

SHOTS ON GOAL: 25 - 31

PENALTIES: 20 min - 6 min

KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB: Krošelj, Heeter, Kinrade, Genoway, Deutsch, Larkin, Glumac, Brule, Hedberg, Pugolovkin, Jamtin, Bjorkstrand, Gysbers, Jurčina, Smolenak, Perkovich, Morrisonn, Saarinen, Mertl, Katic, Kvapil

HK NEFTEHIMIK NIZHNEKAMSK: Koval, Sudnicin, Ljamin, Berezin, Rjasenskij, Zhukov, Kitarov, Kulikov, Taffe, Brincev, Stas, Sergeev, Lapenkov, Grigorenko, Ribin, Hayrullin, Milovzorov, Poligalov, Yevseyenkov, Ogurcov, Kuzmin, Zdunov