“Our level of energy today simply wasn’t good enough,” said Gordie Dwyer, Medvescak head coach in a sentence that completely described today’s game against Salavat Yulaev which ended the six game winning streak of the Bears.
The guests from Ufa proved to be too much to swallow:” At times we seemed tired. Ufa’s forecheck was a lot harder than ours and it made a big difference. We had a few bad turnovers to their strongest players which proved fatal. In the end we were short one goal.”
The first period showed that the game wouldn’t be easy and that the new guests from the East have come here to fight all the way to the end to get the win. Both teams opened in a high tempo, while Medvescak profited on it’s first powerplay of the game. Milan Jurcina blasted a shot towards Niklas Svedberg who was left helpless.
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It proved to be one of the few offensive flashes of the Bears in the first. The guests took control, while their dominance was more visible only by the end of the period.
The second period proved that the Bears seemed a bit tired and finally Ufa took advantage on the powerplay. Ivan Vishnevsky scored in similar fashion to Jurcina’s goal in the first.
That was the first time and last the Medvescak penalty kill faltered. It was called upon a total of seven times and it proved to be one of the bright spots of the Bears’ play.
“Penalty kill is a part of the game that we’re proud of, a part of our game that today proved once again to be excellent. We have players that are willing to block shots and do whatever is necessary, along with Alan Letang coaching them superbly,” commented Dwyer.
The start of the third period showed once again the fatigue and difficulty in the way the Bears played, which was even furthered by two quick goals scored by the guests.
Teemu Hartikainen finished up a play that started in Salavat’s end of the ice against a falling Kroselj to give Ufa the lead.
The leading goal gave the guests a boost which resulted in another goal scored, Hartikainen was once again in the midst of things, scrambling in front of the goal trying to get a shot off, but the puck trickled to Dmitri Makarov who send the puck into the undefended part of the net.
After they fell two goals behind, the Bears threw all cards forward, but only managed to score one more goal on the powerplay.
Jurčina was once again left alone on the blue line and found a way to score for the third time in two games.
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“All in all we played a good game, it was decided by a few crucial moments in the third. After this we have to concentrate on the positives and leave this game behind us so we can prepare for the tough road trip ahead of us. No one expects us to win all games in a season, they had the extra energy that was needed to grab the win in the end today,” said Mark Katic after the defeat.
Milan Jurcina was announced as the HOK Player of the game, as chosen by the fans in the Ice hall of Dom sportova.
The Bears concluded their third home stand with this defeat. On Wednesday, October 7 starting at 4 PM Zagreb time, the Bears are playing in Magnitogorsk against Metallurg in the first game of a four game road trip. The game will be televised by Sportklub 2.
KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB - HK SALAVAT JULAJEV UFA 2:3 (1:0;0:1;1:2)
KHL, Ice hall of Dom sportova, Zagreb
03:01 1-0 Jurcina (Saarinen, Kvapil) PP1
32:44 1-1 Vishnevsky (Lisin) PP1
49:29 1-2 Hartikainen (Lisin, Loginov)
51:38 1-3 Makarov (Hartikainen, Bodrov)
58:29 2-3 Jurcina PP1
SOG: 14 - 30
PENALTIES: 14 min - 10 min
KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB: Kroselj, Heeter, Kinrade, Deutsch, Larkin, Glumac, Brule, Hedberg, Jämtin, Bjorkstrand, Gysbers, Jurcina, Smolenak, Topol, Perkovich, Morrisonn, Saarinen, Mertl, Katic, Kvapil, Arkalov
HK SALAVAT JULAJEV UFA: Svedberg, Sokhatskij, Koltsov, Soin, Lisin, Vishnevsky, Engquist, Lepisto, Loginov, Makarov, Grigorenko, Metlyuk, Hlistov, Hripunov, Nesterov, Bodrov, Goncharov, Omark, Hartikainen, Prohorkin, Culygin, Lazarev