Another good game by the Bears, but another game with execution problems that led to a convincing win of the host in Magnitogorsk, Metallurg. The reigning champions knew how to take advantage of their chances and the mistakes the Bears made. After an equal first period, they eased off to a high 5:1, and in the final period they put up the final 6:1 with a power play goal.
“The score didn't represent how we played today. We had a lot of chances, we just couldn't find the goal. It's not going in for us right now. We have to keep working at it and hopefully these posts and almost miraculous saves will start going in for us,” said after the game the only scorer for Zagreb team, Brandon McMillan.
After the hosts got on the board for the first time in the first minute of the game, McMillan tied it up in the tenth minute of the game after Ilya Samsonov deflected his original shot. After letting the first puck in, Samsonov locked his net and with an impressive display of masterful moves he counted 35 saves.
“In the end the result was 6:1, but it didn’t feel like a 6:1 game. Magnitogorsk goalie was superb. We had our chances, but we didn’t use them and as the game went on, it happened more and more. We lacked some attention to details and it came back to haunt us. When you play the reigning champions, you have to be at your best,” Medvescak’s Head Coach Gordie Dwyer commented.
Niko Hovinen was in net for the Bears and made 24 saves.
“We planned to start Niko today. Taylor played a lot of hockey for us this season and he was great in goal, so we wanted to give him a bit of a rest and have a closer look at Niko. We wanted him to battle and find his game. The guys in front of him battled and worked hard for 60 minutes. We kept him in game until the end because it is on him to battle for his game,” coach Dwyer said on his goalie.
Magnitka used the two power plays in the second period and with that scored two goals in quick succession in the middle of the game. It was more than enough to give them a big advantage going on the second break, despite a balanced game on the ice and a greater pressure by the Bears. The game didn’t change in the final period and the hosts once again found the back of Hovinen’s net.
“Sorokin was good tonight, we were unlucky sometimes. We have to keep working at it and we'll get the bounces eventually,” Mc Millan concluded.
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The final, eighth game of the away string the Bears will play on Sunday, 25 September in Ufa. Salavat Yulaev will welcome them starting at 1:30 PM CEST.
HC METALLURG MAGNITOGORSK – KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB 6:1 (1:1;4:0;1:0)
KHL, Metallurg arena, Magnitogorsk
00:31 1-0 Wolski (Kovar)
09:11 1-1 McMillan
21:42 2-1 Kovar (Lee, Mozyakin) PP1
29:12 3-1 Bereglazov (Kaletnik, Kazionov Denis)
31:16 4-1 Kazionov Denis
38:45 5-1 Filippi (Sjomin, Osala) PP1
58:52 6-1 Tereshchenko (Zhelezkov, Timkin) PP1
SHOTS ON GOAL: 24 - 36
PENALTIES: 37 min – 12 min
HC METALLURG MAGNITOGORSK: Samsonov, Koshechkin, Wolski, Mozyakin, Kovar, Antipin, Biryukov, Zaripov, Kazionov Dmitry, Kazionov Denis, Lee, Bereglazov, Semin, Filippi, Osala, Tereshchenko, Khabarov, Kaletnik, Zhelezkov, Timkin, Kosov, Dronov
KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB: Hovinen, Taylor, Morrisonn, Parlett, Butler, Brule, Pare, Bezina, Larkin, Mertl, Genoway, McMillan, Bolduc, Giroux, Katic, Perkovich, Krejcik, Glumac, Smejkal, Arkalov
Photo: HC Mettalurg Magnitogorsk