The Bears opened the scoring in the 7th minute a fine counter by Medvescak with Tyler Morley on the left wing and Michael Boivin finishes off on a one-timer. Five minutes later, after strong pressure continued by the home team Garrett Noonan dekes out a couple of defensemen on the left board and strikes one behind Nechvatal – 2:0. It was 3:0 already after two more minutes on a 2+2 penalty for checking to the head assessed to Philipp Lindner from Innsbruck, Tero Koskiranta was the first on the rebound in the slot.
The second period statred with a 2+2 penalty for check to the head for Adam Deutsch, but Medvescak were able to score again: a penalty by Innsbruck evened the strength and Marko Poyhonen took advantage right off the faceoff in the 27th minute. A shorthanded effort cuts the lead to three merely a minute after as Hunter Bishop picks up Kevin Wehrs’ pass in the slot and finds the five-hole. In the 34th minute Sondre Olden breaks out all alone but is fouled – converting a penalty shot into a big 5:1 lead right after. Innsbruck score their second on a powerplay that ensued, a nifty tic-tac-toe before the goal sees Jeremie Ouellet-Blain put it in the empty net as Poulin was beat.
The third period started and quickly Innsbruck cut the lead to only two goals, Hunter Bishop receives a pass on the right post and easily tips it in on already beat Poulin. Soon after Marko Poyhonen restores the lead with a cannon from the left circle. Midway through the period the tenth goal was scored, David Brine makes it 7:3 for the home team as he deflects a shot in. Sondre Olden dashes towards the goal, shoots and Samson Mahbod is in the slot to pick up the rebound in the 57th minute, 8:3. As if eight were not enough, Ivan Jankovic smashes another one with less than a minute to go for the final score od 9:3.
One last standing ovation for Kevin Poulin, who, as of tomorrow, moves to Kloten of the NLA.
Rob Pallin, coach Innsbruck: “It was a back-to-back game on the road, we had a big victory yesterday and we wanted to win one game this weekend. The first ten minutes was the deciding factor tonight, Kevin Poulin made some unbelievable saves. I am not disappointed in my team at all, we’ve been playing really good lately.”
Doug Bradley, coach Zagreb: “We knew it was going to be tough, they’re a very good hockey team. Kevin [Poulin] did a fantastic job. It’s a huge win for us an for our plan to stay in the top-6. We’ve been really good in front of the goal.”