Despite an excellent second period and an even better final, Zagreb Bears were left pointless on away ice in Yaroslavl. After they minimized host's lead in the second period, they could not reach a tie in the final one before returning to Zagreb.
“Lokomotiv is one of the best teams in the league. They are one of the best structured and coached teams with a lot of offensive power, especially down the middle and game in and game out they face the best of what their opponents can offer.
We were excellent today, we created a lot of chances and I’m proud of my guys. As the rest of the league knows, this is not an easy building to play in and this is not a team that allows a lot of scoring chances. I’m proud of my guys and what they’ve done today,” Medvescak’s Head Coach Gordie Dwyer said after the game.
First period, in a somewhat worse rhythm of the Bears compared to Lokomotiv, mostly went on the hosts’ side, accompanied by a few flashes of the guests. Loko managed to put two pucks behind Danny Taylor’s back by the end of the first 20 minutes.
A completely different Bears team skated on the ice for the final two periods. Constant pressure and forechecking with an overt will for puck control and possession, and creating scoring chances, especially as the clock dwindled down, was finally crowned with one puck in Murigin’s net.
“For the bigger part, especially in the second part of the game, we controlled the game. We can be happy with that, but we need to start getting points. We played as we should have, but we need to find a way to get the job done,” Derek Smith who returned to the lineup after 13 missed games, commented,
“I was out for a long time, so I’m happy to be back. But I’d be much happier had we won.”
Shaone Morrisonn also returned to the lineup after a short absence. Despite great effort and abundant chances by the Bears, Lokomotiv held on and reached three new points.
Video source: www.khl.ru
This was the last game on a short road trip for the Bears. They return to the ice of Dom sportova on Monday, 17 October at 7 PM when they host Ak Bars as the first of three Eastern teams to close home games in October. Tickets can be bought at all Ticketshop points of sale, online on www.ticketshop.hr and at the Box office of Dom sportova 90 minutes prior to puck drop.
HC LOKOMOTIV YAROSLAVL – KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB 2:1 (2:0;0:1;0:0)
KHL, Arena-2000 Lokomotiv, Yaroslavl
05:10 1-0 Kontiola (Kozun)
18:52 2-0 Galimov (Apalkov, Mosaljov)
36:09 2-1 Giroux (Hedberg, Bolduc)
SHOTS ON GOAL: 25 - 34
PENALTIES: 14 min – 26 min
HC LOKOMOTIV YAROSLAVL: Murigin, Sudnicin, Averin, Chistov, Loktinov, Koledov, Gavrikov, Kozun, Talbot, Kontiola, Kronwall, Lyubishin, Apalkov, Mosalyov, Galimov, Pashnin, Rafikov, Kraskovsky, Kadeikin, Korshkov, Polunin, Manukhov
KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB: Tayor, Hovinen, Morrisonn, Parlett, Genoway, Mertl, McMillan, Butler, Katic, Pare, Krejcik, Bezina, Giroux, Bolduc, Larkin, Smith, Hedberg, Arkalov, Sauve
Photo: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl