For the first time ever the Bears hosted Jokerit from Helsinki, this year's KHL debutants who are currently in third place in the Western Conference. The game, which saw the away team leave with three points (1:3), was visited by Santa Claus from the Far North's Lapland who talked to fans in the stands.
''That was a pretty good and even game. It was undetermined until the end. I think we needed Jokerit to come to show that we have to fight in every game. I'm not disappointed with the effort, just the final result'', said Coach Doug Shedden.
In the first part of the game Jokerit had more possession of the puck, but most of the big opportunities happened in their end. In the 3rd minute Katicev took a slap shot that just skimmed the post, followed a minute later by Thomas testing Karlsson’s glove reflex, and then in the 6th minute Pelletier got a breakaway toward the Finns’ goal but lost the puck in the last moment.
''We didn't use our opportunities. I think we fought well, but sometimes things just don't go right. We work intensely at practices, we gave it our best in this game, but we didn't make it. The fans are amazing, loud, they give us energy. We try harder because of them'', said Perkovich.
Both teams played with discipline. The first penalty didn't come until the 24th minute when the Bears were penalized for having too many players on the ice, but they didn’t let the league’s 7th best powerplay team get anything past Owuya. The first goal came from the Finnish team in the 28th minute from Harju. Jokerit’s lead didn’t last long as the scoreboard was set to 1:1 by Mark Flood in the 32nd minute. However, Wirtanen made it 1:2 in the 38th minute, and then Moses set the final 1:3 in the 57th.