Dinamo Mn lose in OT to Medvescak Zagreb
7:34, — Sport
Going up 2-0 in the first period, Dinamo Minsk allowed visiting Medvescak Zagreb to rally to a 3-2 overtime win at Minsk Arena on 9 October. It is the second time the Bisons fall in the overtime this season.
Yesterday’s game was the first one for the teams as Medvescak Zagreb joined the Kontinental Hockey League this year. The guests brought a six-game winning streak to Belarus and were lucky to continue it.
Minskers took the lead relatively early despite the fact they did not hold the game under absolute control. Andrei Stas corrected Derek Meech’s blast from the blue line which Medvescak’s goalie Barry Brust was able to block but had no answer to the Belarusian forward’s second try which went in between his pads. Dinamo’s second goal was also scored on a rebound. Tomas Surovy was lucky to make Geoff Platt’s attack successful, firing the rebound over the sprawled goalie.
The Croatian team pulled one back four minutes later. The goal, in which the puck deflected off Ryan Vesce’s hand into the net, was allowed after a video review.
In the second period Dinamo Minsk players were frequent guests in the penalty box. The Belarusian team killed off all the overlapping minor penalties including 2+10 on Alexei Yefimenko for checking the opponent to the head and neck area. Playing shorthanded the Minsk team stood strong but allowed the guests to even the game in full strength. Boyd Kane made a solo run from the right to send the puck over Dinamo goalie Kevin Lalande into the upper corner.
Tied 2-2 the teams went into the final period which did not see any changes on the scoreboard and opened the ice for an overtime five-minute action. Minskers were very careful playing the puck, but were punished the second they lost it in the guests’ zone. Matt Murley’s shot on the net hit Jonathan Cheechoo’s skate and went in past Kevin Lalande at1:46 of overtime. After the video review that was called for the second time in the match, the goal was allowed to stay.
Minsk put a stop to Barry Brust’s run of three consecutive shutouts. Kevin Lalande made 40 saves in the losing cause for Dinamo.
Dinamo Minsk have two more games to play in its longest home series this KHL season. The Bisons host Spartak Moscow on 11 October and play Donbass Donetsk on 13 October.
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