The Bears hosted Sibir from Novosibirsk, the East's 7th-placed team, in a game that remained tight until the 2:0 home win, while Barry Brust got his second shutout of the season.
Medvescak hit Dom Sportova eager to play on home ice and in front of their fans, and that was clear from the very start of the game. The Bears kept up the pressure, and Sibir rarely made it out of their end. In the 9th minute Wright got a penalty shot, but Koskinen blocked the attempt. The home team circled Koskinen’s net, but the away team was organized and blocked several attacks.
''It’s a great feeling to score that early. Of course, I still have to get into the rhythm and get used to the game system, but my teammates helped me a lot and it was really easy to play with guys like that. I worked individually on myself for the past few months, but there is still room for improvement. What’s important is that I stay on the right track'', said Edwin Hedberg, who was dubbed the player of the game at the end of the night.
Hedberg, who debuted in the Bears’ jersey, skated out onto the ice in the 23rd minute, and managed to score right away. Hedberg was on one knee, but kept his balance and lifted the puck above Koskinen’s glove. It was 4-on-4 play, and the shot was assisted by Carle, who took the first shot which Koskinen just managed to deflect.
In the final period, a minute before the horn was to go off, Wright made up for not landing his penalty shot by directing Carle’s slap shot off the blue line right in the next.