Spengler Cup Recap: Quarterfinal: Team Canada vs. Sparta Prague (December 29, 2010)

The loss to Davos meant Team Canada had to take the longer route to the semifinal. Waiting for Canada was Sparta Prague, where the winner would move on and the losing team was out of the running.

Not much to report on early, but in the second half of the first period, Jean-Pierre Vigier opens up the scoring for Team Canada. A few minor penalties late in the period do nothing to change the score, as the first period ends 1-0 Canada. In the second, Domenico Pittis increases Canada’s lead to 2-0. Sparta Prague responds soon after when Emanuel Peter cuts Canada’s lead in half. It’s 2-1. A few minutes later, Canada restores the two-goal lead when Glen Metropolit serves the puck to Brendan Bell, and fired it home, and it’s 3-1 Canada. Shortly after, Sparta Prague makes it 3-2 on Emanuel Peter’s second of the game. They weren’t finished yet. With Micki Dupont in the box for holding, Prague ties the game on the powerplay, the goal scored by David Vyborny. Second period ends with a 3-3 tie. Not much to report on the third period, save for a pair of minors, so we go to a five-minute sudden death overtime. Sparta Prague suffers a too many men call and it sends Canada to the 4-on-3 powerplay. Coach Mark Messier takes a timeout to rally his troops. It ultimately pays off as Micki Dupont scores the winner in overtime, giving Canada the 4-3 win and setting up a rematch with HC Davos, with the stakes getting higher this time.