In a good mood after a strenuous training camp for the upcoming KHL season, Zagreb Bears travel to sixth and final away game of pre season.
“Like last year, our strength again is that we're all getting along really good. Guys are willing to do anything for each other. It's fun to be with the guys, we have a lot of laughs in the locker room and good team spirit,” commented Alexandre Bolduc before the last game followed by 'the ones that count'.
The hosts in Austrian Kapfenberg will be old acquaintances from the EBEL days, and friendly games during the first KHL season, Graz 99ers. In the last two, and only friendly games played, these two teams took one win each, while in previous encounters in the league, Graz were better with 17 wins compared to 11 Medvescak’s wins.
“We know Austrian league is a good league and we don't want to underestimate anyone. They're going want to prove something by beating a KHL team. So we have to play at the highest level, represent the KHL well and hopefully end the exhibition games with a perfect score,” Bolduc said.
For the hosts, this will be the third pre season game. They lost the first one to Stavanger Oilers and won in the shootout in the second one last Friday against Rapaces de Gap.
The Bears took their last win in the same manner two days ago in Bratislava against Slovan. After regulation ended in a 2:2 tie, Danny Taylor stopped all three attempts by the host, and Samson Mahbod was sucessful for the Bears' side.
Zagreb’s goalie said on the forthcoming game: “We'll play a hard game. It will be our last dress rehearsal before the season starts. We'll take it seriously and will give our best effort.”
For Graz this is still the beginning of training camp and they will be hosts for the first time. They have eight new players in the team, and defense had the biggest renewal with only two D-men remaining from last seasons' roster.
The game starts at 6 PM, doors opet at 5 PM and box office at 4 PM. Adult ticket is 10 euros and kids up to 15 years of age have a free entrance.