Another hard and tiresome game is behind the Bears. A day after returning from the road trip they hosted Sibir on home ice. In a game where scoring chances were few and far between, the goalies took on leading roles and Danny Taylor brought the guests their first win in Zagreb.
“It was a game of inches and certainly the goalies, who were both very good, made an impact. Sibir capitalized on their power play in the first period and we just couldn’t find the back of the net. It wasn’t the most memorable game, but it was a hard fought one till the very end. I can’t fault the effort, the guys left everything on the ice,” Gordie Dwyer, the Bears head coach said after the game.
Bears new forward, T.J. Galiardi joined the team on the ice for the first time. He had 19 minutes on the ice and played on the first PP unit.
“This is a new country, new league and a new system for me. I’m sorry for the loss, but they happen in a season. I will take some time to adjust. We have a busy week ahead of us and it will get better. When I talked to the coaches they’ve said I’d play on the PP, so that wasn’t a surprise, but it takes time to adjust and create chemistry,” Galiardi said of his first game. And coach Dwyer commented on Galiard’s contribution:
“T. J. Played a good game, especially considering it was his first time on the ice with the team. He skated well, has a good vision and he will be an offensive threat for us. We need production, scoring goals is something we have to work on collectively to stay competitive.”
From the get go it was obvious goals and scoring chances will be hard to come by. In the first period the initial testing the waters resulted in a penalty on each side and a puck in Medvescak’s net. Zach Boychuk found himself in the right bully circle and saw an open lane to shoot the puck.
“It was hard. Mentally and physically exhausting and Taylor was excellent for them,” Francis Pare, one of the best players for the home team tonight said.
Yet again, special teams marked the second period. During one penalty kill Pare found himself alone in front of Taylor. “I had a chance on the PK, but Taylor was fantastic tonight,” Pare said and added:
“It seems the Bears always find a way to end up in the box. I don’t know how to explain it, but, we have a really good PK.”
The apparent desire to even the score did not fade until the very end, but Taylor was unbeatable.
“We tried in the final period, but Sibir stuck to their structure and all we can do is come back in two days time and win.”
Video source: www.khl.ru
Homestand continues on Wednesday, 30 November when the Bears host Metallurg Novokuznetsk.
Puck drops at 7 PM CET.
KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB – HC SIBIR NOVOSIBIRSK 0:2 (0:1;0:0;0:1)
KHL, Ledena dvorana Doma sportova, Zagreb
11:13 0-1 Boychuk (Shalunov, Sannikov) PP1
59:35 0-2 Sannikov (Menshikov) EN
SHOTS ON GOAL: 25 - 19
PENALTIES: 22 min – 16 min
KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB: MacIntyre, Garnett, Sauve, Parlett, Galiardi, Giroux, Lessio, Glumac, Hedberg, Butler, Larkin, Krejcik, Bolduc, Bezina, Perkovich, Morrisonn, Mertl, Katic, Pare, Arkalov
HC SIBIR NOVOSIBIRSK: Taylor, Krasikov, Nekolenko, Artyomov, Misharin, Polasek, Okulov, Menshikov, Kemppainen, Sannikov, Artyukhin, Lukin, Pervushin, Gluhov, Vereshchagin, Belyakov, Voroshilo, Naumov, Butuzov, Shalunov, Boychuk
Photo: Igor Soban/Pixsell