18. Dezember | 23:24
KHL Medvescak Zagreb have beaten HC TWK Innsbruck “Die Haie” 3:0 and celebrated their third win in a row. For Robert Kristan it was already his third shut-out this season. And Leader UPC Vienna Capitals won against HC Orli Znojmo 3:2.
The starting goalies were Robert Kristan for KHL Medvescak Zagreb and Patrick Machreich for HC TWK Innsbruck “Die Haie”. Kristan had to make a good glove save in the second minute against Francis Lemieux, who is still without a goal in December. Medvescak keeps pressing as MacAuley fires a quick shot from the right circle. Later in the game David Brine made a good rush up ice, but Machreich made a good pad save again. After a mistake in the defensive zone Kristan had to make pad save against Maximilian Steinacher. Naglich misses a wide open net, but Zagreb’s team gets one on the following Power Play. A good tic tac toe play: Naglich passes to Miller who makes it finally 1:0.
Medvescak started the second on a Power Play, but failed to make it 2:0. Immediately afterwards, Brandon Buck scored after a rebound from a shot from Nathan Perkovich. Hosts completely dominated this game now and also had some man advantages, but could not take advantage of them.
Brine shows great patience behind Innsbruck’s net, makes a great pass to Gal Koren, who was left alone in front of the net and made it 3:0 quickly after the re-start. In the middle of the period Manavian hooked Naglich for another Zagreb Power Play. But Alan Letang only hit the post. Home team than routinely put the game to bed as it ended 3:0, with Robert Kristan celebrating his third shout-out, which means season-record!
New forward for the Bears
KHL Medvescak Zagreb today also announced with Francois Bouchard a new player. The 24-years old forward played this season so far for the Cincinnati Cyclones in ECHL, scoring 11 points in twenty games. He will arrive in Zagreb on Wednesday and showed make his debut this weekend. The Canadian was drafted by the Washington Capitals 2006 and had made already 300 AHL-games, for the Hershey Bears (266) and Connecticut Whale (34), scoring 135 points. With the Bears he also became AHL Calder Cup Champion in 2009/10. 2006 he played for the Canadian National Team at the U18-Worldchampionships in Sweden.
Capitals beat Znojmo
Both teams stated with high tempo and tried to take the lead. The best chance missed David Bartos, who was stopped by Fabian Weinhandl after a nice solo. Kim Strömberg (12.) tried his luck with a shot from the slot, but only hit the post. The gusts controlled the game, but Vienna scored: Philipp Pinter took advantage of a mistake of the Eagles defense, passed to Markus Schlacher, who beat Ondrej Kacetl between his legs (19.).
Also at the beginning of the second period Znojmo made the game and finally it was Martin Planek who tied the result. But the Capitals answered: After a shot from the blue line by Jamie Fraser the puck hit Grattons head and from there he went in. Vienna’s Captain needed some medical help, but returned later in the game. But it was the Vienna Capitals, who made the game now. Philippe Lakos only hit the post. And then it was Marcus Olsson, who made it 3:1 with a rebound after a shot from Andre Lakos.
UPC Vienna Capitals made pressure also in the last period, but could not score even in Power Play. In the final minutes the Czechs took out their goalie and tried to turn the game around. The risk was rewarded with the 2:3 57 seconds before the end, but the Caps brought the win home.
18.12.2012: KHL Medvescak Zagreb – HC TWK Innsbruck “Die Haie” 3:0 (1:0, 1:0, 1:0)
Referees: FUSSI/TRILAR, 4.000 spectators
Goals Zagreb: Miller (18./pp), Buck (22.), Koren (42.)
18.12.2012: UPC Vienna Capitals – HC Orli Znojmo 3:2 (1:0, 2:1, 0:1)
Referees: FAJDIGA/GEBEI, 4.010 spectators
Goals Wien: Schlacher (20.), Gratton (27.), Olsson (39.)
Goals Znojmo: Planek (23.), Lattner (59.)