The Bears have finished their first series of away games. In the final game, played in Minsk, they lost a tight 3:2 to Dinamo, and returned home with six points that they won in the first two road games played against Jokerit Helsinki and Dinamo Riga.
''I'm glad we got back in the game in the last period and that we tied it up and made it a tight game. Since we're fighting for the playoffs, this is a hard loss for us. We needed these points. The three goals that Minsk scored are every coach's dream, three harmless shots from the blue line ended up being goals. However, we never gave up and I'm happy about that'', said Medvescak's Coach Doug Shedden.
This season's fourth faceoff between the Bears and Dinamo went as the last three did – tense, with a lot of effort, and undeterminable, mainly because both teams were hungry for points. The Bears because they want to get on the playoff train, and Dinamo because they were on a losing streak for in the previous four games. In the first period the home team used their power play in the 7th minute to get them ahead. Just 25 seconds after Shaone Morrisonn was sent to the box, Nick Bailen got at Cal Heeter’s net.
In the second period the game was played more in Medvescak’s end, and in the 28th minute Dinamo got lucky again and the Bears had further to catch up. However, as they’ve already demonstrated in previous games, that’s not a problem for them and in the final period, in just five minutes, they scored twice on goalie Lars Haugen and tied the game. Frist Bill Thomas scored in the 48th minute, followed by a power play goal by Ville Leino in the 52nd minute. Unfortunately, Dinamo scored their third and winning goal in the 57th minute thanks to Stephanov.
''We were often trying to catch up in these away games, and it was no different in Minsk. Despite that, we tied the game, but we ended up without three points. This loss hurts because we tried so hard throughout this whole road trip. Two wins in four games aren’t enough, we have to win three out of four. We needed these points, but we didn’t get them. Now it’s going to be a bit harder to make the playoffs, but we’re not giving up'', admitted defenseman Mark Popovic.
Photo: Dinamo Minsk