Little did Geoff Kinrade know that when he took to the ice with a smirk blue eye that his shot during overtime would propel Medveščak Zagreb to their fifth straight victory. The added significance about Kinrade’s game winner with 2:58 minutes to go was that it separated him from the herd of the league’s leaders in game winning goals. He now leads the pack with 4.
“Yeah, thank you.. I believe you, I’ll take your word for it,” said Kinrade with a smile.
Kinrade took the puck from basically one end to the other, but gave it up to Saarinen as he crossed the blue line into the offensive zone. Saarinen then returned the puck as Kinrade took a shot from the centre of the slot.
The goal came after 40 minutes of hockey that was everything but lopsided.
“We didn’t really change anything. There were ups and downs through the whole game, it was frustrating at times,” said Kinrade. “We didn’t do anything different, we still had a bit of energy left and found a way to win.”
Kinrade has so far been paired up with Shaone Morrisonn and they came together as the Bears’ best defensive pairing this season. However, due to injuries, the pair was split up. Morrisonn joined Simon Gysbers, while Thomas Larkin was assigned as Kinrade’s interim partner.
“We got a couple guys banged up. Genoway left the game today so we’ll see what’s up with him. That’s hockey, every season guys are going to get injured. It’s not easy when different players are playing with different guys,” said Kinrade. “At first it’s adjustment phased the first period, same with any other player who shifts during the lineup. I kind of noticed it during the first period today, there were a lot of changes in the lineup, but you kind of get used to each other.”
Medveščak’s five straight wins followed six straight losses.
“I didn’t know we lost six in a row. When times are tough, they’re tough. When things are going well, you try and keep them going well. We just gotta ride the lightning.” concluded Kinrade with a bright grin on his black and blue eye accentuated face.