After nearly two weeks of absence, the Bears have finally come back home. On Sunday they recharged their batteries with a little bit of Zagreb warmth and sun in order to be completely refreshed for their third and fourth quarterfinal games against Lev.
''We knew that Lev were an incredible team even before the playoffs, especially on home ice, and with a good record. We wanted to get better results in Prague, but the games were hard, and their rink didn't make our job any easier because it's harder to play on'', commented Andrew Murray on the first two losses in Prague, while Kyle Klubertanz agreed:
''They're a fast and skilled team. They play in the same style as before the playoffs, they use all four lines and they play all 60 minutes. I think that the team that scores fist in the final period will win the game. That said, we need a good third period, we have to be the ones to score that goal in the third, and we have to find a way to slow them down.''
The Lions are currently leading the quarterfinals 2-0, but the Bears are going to try and change that on Monday (7:15 PM) in Dom Sportova. The last time they played in Dom Sportova was on January 4th 2014, which will give them additional motivation to mark their return with a victory.
''Throughout the season our rink has been tricky for all the opponents we played against and they had a hard time winning here. I hope it's going to be like that this time too'', said Murray.
Klubertanz didn't hide the thrill of returning to the Den either.
''It's been a long time since that last game. It seems like forever ago. But a lot has gone by since the last home game in the regular season. It feels fantastic to come back home. It'll be great.''