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Crowd Lifts Medveščak to Historic KHL Debut Victory Over CSKA Moscow

KHL_Medvescak_Zagreb_EV_Vienna_Capitals_Arena_23012011_5100Croatian ice hockey side Medveščak have made a dream start to their debut season in the world’s second strongest league – the KHL – with a 7-1 demolition job on CSKA Moscow in front of a boisterous crowd in Zagreb last night.

Medveščak shocked the leagues most expensive side (53 million EUR) in the fifth minute of the match when Jonathan Cheechoo scored the Zagreb club’s first ever goal in the league. Zagreb’s fantastic supporters made it difficult for one of the leagues main contenders this year as Medveščak piled on the pressure.

” I am happy. It’s hard to comment if they underestimated us. They had some chances, hitting the post which didn’t go in. We took our chances,” said new coach Mark French after the historic victory, before giving special mention to the crowd. “That is an experience which happens once in a life time. I have played many finals and a lot more important matches, but I have not seen such support from start to finish like this,” said French.

Medveščak – CSKA Moskva 7:1
Goals: Cheechoo (MED), Popovich (MED), Foster, Carle (MED), Vesce (MED) Linglet (MED)/ Morozov (CSKA)

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