“It doesn’t matter who we are playing against, in the end, we want to win,” commented Radek Smolenak after the morning practice after he was asked if the team was especially motivated to beat Spartak as retribution for the defeat they caused Medvescak in Zagreb. Third win in a row, second on away ice wasn’t won by a large margin, but it was probably even sweeter because of it. A tight and hard fought game, with a few moments of intense emotions and a second period filled with penalties required Medvescak’s full concentration throughout the game.
Atte Engren and Gasper Kroselj fought a real duel, giving their all to help their teams. Although the boxscore may not imply it, Engren had a lot of work to do, he even stopped three 1 on 1 situations against the Bears.
“It’s great to win an away game. At the very end they were attacking from all directions but we pulled it off. We had our chances during the game and the margin of victory could’ve been larger, but we didn’t make the most of it. It’s normal for goalies to sometimes give their team the win, we can’t always rely on the forwards,” Kroselj said.
“We knew it would be a difficult game, that Spartak would come prepared. We felt that we needed to get back at them because of the game in the Ice hall, to be a lot better and we managed to. We came out ready to fight, our goalie did a great job and he was the best when it was most needed. We’re happy with the win,” head coach Gordie Dwyer summarized the game.
The Bears took the lead in the 6th minute, courtesy of captain Mike Glumac, while the hosts tied the game 20 minutes later on the powerplay. But their joy didn’t last long, only for 51 seconds, because Medvescak’s powerplay unit took to the ice and Jesse Saarinen scored for the third game in a row.
The captain was visibly satisfied with the game and also shared the secret to his success:”Three points from away ice are always a big deal and scoring in a game like that is always a really good feeling. All credits for my goal go to our goalie coach Klemen, who gave us an excellent strategy before the game, he told us to look left and shoot right.”
Another tight game and another tight win for the Bears:”Yeah, we’re that kind of team, we play a single goal advantage game and we need to learn how to keep the wins coming.”
Medvescak return to home ice of Dom sportova on Monday 28th of September when, at 7:30 PM, they will host Traktor Chelyabinsk in the first of a four game home stand. The Bears will host 4 teams from the Eastern conference and tickets are available on all Ticketshop sales spots, as well as online on www.ticketshop.hr and at the Ice hall box office 90 minutes before the start of each game.
HC SPARTAK MOSCOW – KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB 1:2 (0:1;1:1;0:0)
KHL, Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia
05:24 0-1 Glumac (Jämtin)
24:36 1-1 Leshchenko (Shafigulin) PP1
25:27 1-2 Saarinen (Jurcina, Kvapil) PP1
SHOTS ON GOAL: 23 - 16
PENALTIES: 14 min - 12 min
HC SPARTAK MOSCOW: Engren, Ivannikov, Yermakov, Genoway, Baldayev, Korobov, Gavrilychev, Tatalin, Ablayev, Bodrov, Potapov, Voronin, Radulov, Leshchenko, Ipatov, Shafigulin, Krutov, Vasilyev, Radil, Levitsky, Klimenko
KHL MEDVESCAK ZAGREB: Kroselj, Heeter, Kinrade, Deutsch, Larkin, Mäntylä, Jurcina, Morrisonn, Katic, Genoway, Giliati, Glumac, Brule, Hedberg, Jämtin, Bjorkstrand, Smolenak, Saarinen, Mertl, Kvapil, Arkalov