Goalie Mark Owuya clocked his first minutes in the Medvescak jersey and the KHL on Wednesday against Barys in Astana. He spent 34 minutes and 31 seconds on the ice and made 94.4% saves.
''It was interesting to get in the game twice like I did. That's never happened to me before. The first time for 20 seconds, and the second time for the rest of the game. We lost the game so you can't be satisfied, despite your own game'', said the Swede.
The Bears are currently on a three-game losing streak, but they're going to try ending it on Friday (1PM) in Novokuznetsk against Metallurg. That task certainly won't be easy. The first game between the two, played last week in Zagreb, was won by Zagreb. Metallurg's players held three points until almost the end of the game, when the Bears snagged a goal in the 60th minute and then won the shootout. The boys from Novokuznetsk will only be even more motivated in these teams' second face off.
''We got to know them well in the last game, and from video footage. They're an energetic team. They have good players, I've played with some of them before in Russia, and we're going to have to keep an eye on some of the North American players. We're aware that they want these points as badly as we do, especially since they're on home ice. Out powerplay and penalty kill has to be a lot better than they've been in past games, and we have to avoid penalties. We've talked a lot about penalties on the team in the past few weeks. We have to bring them down to a minimum, we have to be more disciplined, and when we get a powerplay we have to play it a lot better and use the advantage'', said defenseman Mark Flood.