A match in which the Bears held total control in almost all segments of the game for the first two periods, except for the most important segment, the goal-scoring one, was decided by the hosts better finishing. An even game in a more open match than we’ve seen the Bears play as of late displayed a high level of effort from both teams.
In the end Patrick Bjorkstrand, who scored on the powerplay at the end of the second period, after a tremendous solo effort to cut Jokerit’s lead in half and give the Bears some hope, gave the most thorough analysis of the game:”We played against a really good team that is excellently structured and stick to their plan. I’d say the game was pretty even, slight mistakes cost us a lot. It all came down to execution today in which they held charge. We can be happy with the way we played, but it’s tough to win a game when you score only one goal.”
Bjorkstrand’s goal was Medvescak’s 100th this season in the KHL.
The Bears had a lot more chances in the first two periods, while they kept most of their opponents shots on the outside. The hosts scored the first goal of the game on the first powerplay of the game and the other was a one-man effort from Jani Rita, an effort that Mark Katic couldn’t stop.
Keeping control of the puck in the offensive third ended in the last period which Jokerit started off with a goal from jere Sallinen to make it a two goal game and give the hosts a boost to keep pushing and bring the Bears chances of a comeback to a minimum. Nevertheless, the game was still even and the goalies were busy, the Bears didn’t give up until the very end, in the last minute, after a penalty for Brandon Kozun, they pulled Danny Taylor from the goal and tried to even the score, but the hosts scored instead into the empty net to make it 4:1, the final score.
Gordie Dwyer, head coach of Medvescak found some positives from today’s game against the leading team of the Bobrov division:
“We had to be on our best level because Jokerit is one of the top teams in our division and in the league as a whole. We focused on some parts of our game, we wanted to limit their offensive opportunities, especially counterattacks. We knew that they are a fast team and that they like to get out with speed and force. It was also important to cover our end as well. Obviously, we didn’t get the result we wanted, but I’m happy with the approach and I’m happy with the way our team fought. We didn’t give up and we tried until the very end to get that second goal. This was a great test for us, sadly, we came up short.”
Video material source: www.khl.ru
Medvescak plays it’s next game on Tuesday, December 22 in the Ice hall of Dom sportova against Dinamo Riga. The game starts at an earlier time than usual, at 6:30 PM. Tickets are available at all Ticketshop sales spots as well as online on www.ticketshop.hr, as always tickets will also be available on the Dom sportova box office from 5 PM.
HC JOKERIT HELSINKI – KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB 4:1 (1:0;1:1;2:0)
KHL, Hartwall arena, Helsinki, Finska
04:10 1-0 Aaltonen (Sallinen) PP1
36:19 2-0 Rita (Sallinen)
38:53 2-1 Bjorkstrand (Hedberg) PP1
41:59 3-1 Sallinen (Poysti, Ohtamaa)
59:29 4-1 Jaakola (Wirtanen) SH1, EN
SHOTS ON GOAL: 21 - 29
PENALTIES: 10 min – 6 min
HC JOKERIT HELSINKI: Karlsson, Helenius, Todd, Jaakola, Hagman, Wirtanen, Joensuu, Roope, Jormakka, Rita, Kulda, Larsen, Kapanen, Jensen, Aaltonen, Kozun, Ohtamaa, Sallinen, Poysti, Regin
KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB: Taylor, Kroselj, Kinrade, Genoway, Deutsch, Parlett, Zanoski, Giliati, Glumac, Mäntylä, Hedberg, Jämtin, Bjorkstrand, Gysbers, Jurcina, Smolenak, Perkovich, Morrisonn, Saarinen, Mertl, Katic