So far, Russia's far East is going well for the Bears. Zagreb's boys collected the first three points of this several thousands of miles journey in their blue pockets, and will have the opportunity to sweep up the remaining nine available points by the end of this week.
''These three points in Novokuznetsk against Metallurg are a good start to this trip. Winning always boosts the team's confidence. We're happy with the game because we won an important three points, but there's definitely room for us to be better in our game'', commented Boyd Kane.
How did the Bears fend off tiredness from the long journey and the six-hour time difference?
''It's always a struggle with the time difference, so we use all the free time we can get to sleep so that we can be well rested for the games. But, I can't complain, we have to give it our best regardless of what state we're playing in.''
Wednesday will be the Bears' last day in Novosibirsk, and after the game against Sibir (1PM) they will head off to Vladivostok, where we hope that things will look like they did in Dom Sportova and result in six points. The Bears hosted Sibir last week and beat the 6:1.
''I think we have a tough game ahead of us. Sibir is a really good defensive team, and they do well when they play at home. If we score the first goal, like we did in Dom Sportova, that will help us a lot to get three points in Novosibirsk. It's good that we've been here for a few days and that Novokuznetsk isn't too far. We had a little bit more time to rest, and we had two practices in the Sibir arena.''