A long-awaited return of the Bears on home ice could not have been scripted better. Rival, Slovan Bratislava was almost invisible for the biggest part of the game curtsey of a tremendous effort by the Bears who showcased great scoring efficiency. Two power play goals, one short handed and five strikers combined for the biggest win of the season and Danny Taylor made sure to keep the hosts' net empty.
“It feels great to come back on home ice after being almost a month away. Once again, Danny Taylor was excellent. We were happy to have the lead after the first period, in the second one we took advantage of the chances that were offered and the third was played out the way it did. Our speed was a factor in this game. We didn't create a lot of chances, but from the ones we did, we produced,” Bears Head Coach, Gordie Dwyer commented.
The beginning of the game was quite quiet with excitement rising as the clock counted down. With a few nice saves on both sides, first puck found the back of Barry Brust's net in the 16th minute of the game and Alexandre Giroux made sure to double the lead right before the first intermission.
“It was our best game so far, we played a full 60 minutes and did all the little things right which led us to the win. Game in and game out we focus on the little things we need to do to be a better team. Goals and results will come when we’re skating and talking to each other and doing all the right things away from the puck and with the puck,” Taylor said after the first shutout of the season.
An outstanding second period for the Bears resulted in four goals against Slovan. For the final one Justin Pogge was in net for Slovan after Brust let in five goals and was pulled from the game.
Halfway in the game Gilbert Brule, Edwin Hedberg and Mike Glumac gave the fans in the Ice Hall a reason to cheer and near the end of the second period Giroux scored his second goal to make it 6:0.
Defenseman Jakub Krejcik assisted Hedberg on Bears fourth goal of game: “Slovan was a bit tired and I saw Eddie was open. I passed it to him and he made such a great shot like I’ve rarely seen.”
The Bears put on a different performance today compared to the first one against Slovan in Bratislava ten days ago: “We prepare for every team in the same way, but we’ve played Slovan recently and that helped us adjust and give ourselves the best chance to win. We knew how they react and what we needed to focus on.”
The game in final 20 minutes was interrupted by penalties on both sides and the goalies kept the score intact.
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A string of four home games continues on Sunday, 2 September when the mighty SKA St. Petersburg come to the Ice Hall. Puck drops at 5 PM CEST, ticktes are available at all Ticketshop Sale Points, online at www.ticketshop.hr and at the Ice Hall Box office 90 minutes before the start of the game.
KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB – HC SLOVAN BRATISLAVA 6:0 (2:0;4:0;0:0)
KHL, Ice Hall of Dom sportova, Zagreb
15:56 1-0 Larkin
19:24 2-0 Giroux (Butler, Genoway) PP1
21:11 3-0 Brule
24:12 4-0 Hedberg (Krejcik, Butler)
29:50 5-0 Glumac SH1
38:45 6-0 Giroux (Genoway) PP2
SHOTS ON GOAL: 28 -31
PENALTIES: 20 min – 8 min
KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB: Taylor, Hovinen, Genoway, Parlett, Giroux, Smejkal, Glumac, Brule, Hedberg, Butler, Larkin, Krejcik, Bolduc, Bezina, Perkovich, Morrisonn, Mertl, McMillan, Katic, Pare, Arkalov
HC SLOVAN BRATISLAVA: Brust, Pogge, Luza, Daloga, Nedorost, Jeglič, Meszaroš, Cheechoo, Taffe, Plastino, Chipchura, Viedensky, Zigo, Skalicky, Siska, Lusnak, Svarny, Stastny, Pokorny, Valsky, Kubalik, Kundratek
Photo: Igor Šoban/Pixsell