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Goal for Steve Montador in 38th minute

Reports 20.02.2015.
Goal for Steve Montador in 38th minute
The statue in front of Dom Sportova’s Ice Hall by which fans could light a candle for their icy hero, the memorial book that anyone could write their last words to Monty in, the black ribbons on the Bears’ jerseys, and the minute of silence before the game against Riga where what the Bears and fans did to say goodbye to their former teammate and friend Steve Montador, who left us forever last Sunday… But he only did so physically, because memories of Steve Montador will forever live in our hearts, in the hearts of the Bears, and in the hearts of Medvescak’s fans. The Bears dedicated their game against Dinamo to Steve. Although they didn’t win, there was no lack of honour for Monty. 
''We started the game with a young Croatian goalie, and when you begin a game like that, you want the team to be in top shape, to make sacrifices for him and block shots. We didn’t do that in the first period. Later we wanted to play better, but when you’re disadvantaged and missing players, it’s hard'', said Medvescak’s Coach Doug Shedden.
Medvescak’s young goalie Mate Tomljenovic got his first minutes in the KHL in the game against Riga. He’s been practicing with the KHL team, but goaltends in the EBEL juniors. The Team Croatia player managed to keep his net untouched until the 5th minute, after which the guests took the lead in the 6th minute thanks to Kaspars Saulietis, and then got to 0:2 in the 7th minute with the help of Linus Videll. In the 12th minute Dinamo’s players scored their third goal with a shot by Milan Jurcin. 
''When I heard I would be on net, I was happy about the opportunity. If somebody had told me that at twenty-one years old I would be on net in the strongest league outside of North America, I wouldn’t have believed them. But it happened. We had a tough start to the game, we didn’t start out how we planned. I’m sad about the three goals I had against me, but the players aren’t at fault for them and I should have blocked something. But, at least I played, at least I tasted this league. Maybe I wanted all of it too much, maybe that ‘ruined’ me, because you can’t compare EBYSL and the KHL. There’ a huge difference between those two leagues'', said Tomljenovic. 
Cal Heeter stepped in for Tomljenovic at the start of the second period, and he locked his net until the end of the game, so the guests remained at three points, while the Bears scored a goal for Steve Montador in the 38th minute for the final 1:3 score.