Another tense and undeterminable game in the Den wasn't lacking on Tuesday when the Bears hosted another of their direct rivals for the KHL playoffs, Atlant from Mytishchi. Both teams fought hard, but in the end three points went to the visitors (2:3).
''Atlant have a very fast team, and we knew the game would be tight. We thought that the end of the second period would give us momentum for the finish, but Atlant scored a big goal. Our first two goals against were errors on our part. Now we only have three home games left and these are three big points lost. We can't blame the whole team for the loss, but in key games key players should bring points. I expected more from some players and I expect that they will be better in future games'', said Medvescak's Coach Doug Shedden, adding:
''I think we let three points slide through our fingers in this game. We have to show more on Thursday and recover from this loss.''
The Bears attacked more in the first period and put pressure in the other end. The shots on goal ratio was 11:5 in their favour, but the period ended without any goals Early in the second period Medvescak's players had two penalty kills. Geoffrey Kinrade got to minutes in the 22nd minute followed by Sasa Martinovic in the 26th. The Bears held their ground during the first shorthand, but Atlant took advantage of their powerplay the second time and secured the lead (Anton Babchuk). Eight minutes later the guests scored a shorthanded goal (Matthew Gilroy).
''We didn't have the level of energy we had in our last game. We just weren't good enough to win, which we can't allow ourselves. We have to learn from our mistakes and do everything we can to win our next game'', said Ville Leino.
The Bears didn't take long to answer to the team from Mytishchi. In the 36th minute Mark Flood made it into goalie Atte Engren's net, while James Wright scored a powerplay goal 1.8 seconds before minute 40 was up. That brought the Bears back to the beginning, but the final period saw Atlant score the goal that carried three points in the 47th minute (Vyacheslav Leshchenko).