There is only one game left the divides the Bears from their well-deserved break during which they will rest, especially from last week's fast-paced life of exciting travels and away games. Medvescak's final opponents (Friday, 7:30PM) will be Torpedo, who they lost to in overtime in late October but got a point.
''The last game between us was very physical and competitive with few goals. They scored in an powerplay in overtime , it was 4 on 3. Torpedo play solidly, have a long bench, and good goalies. We're going to have to play all 60 minutes because we want to finish this part between the two breaks on a positive note. Focus will be key, we can't let anything distract us and we have to be better than we were against Ak Bars.''
Medvescak is the third best powerplaying team in the league, 23.4%, while Torpedo are in seventh place at 19.9%. As far as the penalty kill is involved, both teams are pretty equal. Torpedo are in seventh place with 86.4% and Medvescak in ninth at 86.2%. Is it easier to play against a team that has a weaker powerplay or a weaker penalty kill?
''Every game is different. PK usually means that the team has a strong defence and really good goalies, so right away you know it will be hard to score and not just when you have a powerplay, but in general, and there will be less opportunities to score. PP means you have tough offensive players. But, our special teams have proven themselves throughout the season and it's important that we focus on them. I think that Don MacLean does a good job at powerplays and Dean Fedorchuk at penalty kills.''