Spengler Cup/World Juniors Recap Day 1
Today, the Spengler Cup and World Junior Championships get underway in Davos, Switzerland, and Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, respectively.
SPENGLER CUP DAY 1
Game 1: Kloten Flyers vs. Dinamo Riga
There was no scoring through the first period, but both teams did have a powerplay. But early into the second, Riga scores first on a goal by Martins Karsums. Shortly after, Kloten ties it on a goal by Roman Wick sets up Victor Stancescu to make the game 1-1. After that, Riga would dominate with 8 unanswered goals. Martins Cipulis makes it 2-1 for the KHL squad, and later on, Robert Burkarts makes it 3-1. That’s how the second period would end. Riga’s third-period goals would come from Sandis Ozolins, Girts Ankipans, Martins Cipulis for his second of the game, Juris Upitis, Oskars Cibulskis, and Girts Ankipans for his second of the game. Kloten would get one back near the end, when Eric Blum makes it 9-2, but for Kloten, the game was lost much earlier. Riga hammers Kloten 9-2 to take the opening game in this year’s Spengler Cup.
Game 2: Team Canada vs. HC Vitkovice Steel
This game was another one-sided contest, although it didn’t take long for the domination to occur. Team Canada jumps out to a 5-goal first period effort, with goals by Joel Kwiatkowski, Domenico Pittis, Joel Perrault, Shawn Heins, and Rico Fata. In the second period, Canada makes it 6-0 when Kwiatkowski scores his second of the game. Australian Nathan Walker (born in the United Kingdom) gets Vitkovice on the board in the third, but Canada seals it when Kurtis McLean makes it 7-1. That’s your final score.
Canada and Riga will each take Day 2 off as the next games have Kloten vs. Wolfsburg and Davos vs. Vitkovice.
WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 1
Game 1: Canada vs. Finland
Like the two Spengler Cup games mentioned above, this was also a one-sided affair. Just 2:14 into the game, Mark Stone makes it 1-0 Canada, with assists from Jonathan Huberdeau and Ryan Strome. Over 2 minutes later, it’s 2-0 when Brendan Gallagher is set up by Jaden Schwartz and Dougie Hamilton. In the second period, Finland cuts the lead in half when Alexander Ruuttu gets one in on Mark Visentin. Mark Stone would get his second of the game on a delayed call, making it 3-1. Huberdeau picks up a goal to make it 4-1, Tanner Pearson and Nathan Beaulieu helping on that one. A too many men call on Finland would cost them another goal when Dougie Hamilton makes it 5-1. Canada would show no mercy in the third, as they get goals from Brett Connolly, Mark Stone (who recorded a hat trick), and Ryan Strome. Canada hammers Finland 8-1.
Game 2: Sweden vs. Latvia
The one-sided affair continues although for most of the contest, the game is much closer than most realized. 3:28 into the game, Max Frieberg makes it 1-0 Sweden, and shortly after, Latvia ties it up on a goal by Toms Andersons. 16 seconds later, Frieberg’s second of the game restores Sweden’s lead. Ottawa Senators prospect Mika Zibanejad makes it 3-1, but a short time later, Roberts Lipsbergs cuts the lead to 3-2. In the second period, Sebastian Collberg gives Sweden their 2-goal lead back, but Latvia cuts it back to 1 when Lipsbergs scores his second of the game, making it 4-3, and then, it became all Sweden. Erik Thorell makes it 5-3, and Zibanejad’s second of the game makes it 6-3. Joakim Nordstrom makes it 7-3 in the third, and then Frieberg records a hat trick, making it 8-3. He scores another to make it 9-3. Zemgus Girgensons closes out the scoring for Latvia, making it 9-4. That will be your final score.
Game 3: United States vs. Denmark
Just 24 seconds into the game, Charlie Coyle puts the Americans on the board. A couple of minutes later, on the powerplay, Denmark ties it up on a goal by Mathias Bau-Hansen. Close to 5 minutes in, Jason Zucker maks it 2-1 for USA. At 8:26, Jarred Tinordi makes it 3-1 USA. Bau-Hansen’s second of the game makes it 3-2 on a Denmark powerplay. Early in the second, Nick Bjugstad makes it 4-2 for the Americans. Coyle’s second of the night, a powerplay goal, makes it 5-2. Kyle Rau makes it 6-2, then Bill Arnold make it 7-2, and sending Sebastain Feuk to the showers, and replacing him was Dennis Jensen. Nicoali Meyer’s check to the head/neck penalty (which also carries a 10-minute misconduct) resulted in J.T. Miller scoring on the powerplay, making it 8-2. Closing out the scoring in the second was Rau, his second of the game making it 9-2. Less than 5 minutes into the third, another Denmark powerplay, and another Denmark powerplay goal, this one by Thomas Spelling. Score is 9-3. A hat trick for Coyle makes it 10-3. Stephen Johns would then make it 11-3 for the Americans. And that’s your final score.
Game 4: Russia vs. Switzerland
8:22 into the game, Alexander Khokhlachev makes it 1-0 Russia. No further scoring in the first. 4:27 into the second, Nikita Gusev makes it 2-0. 15:04 into the same period, Mikhail Grigorenko makes it 3-0. No other scoring occurs and that will be your final score. Andrei Vasilevski gets the shutout. This was the closest of all the games played today.
Day 2 of the World Juniors will be a light schedule. Denmark will take on the Czech Republic in Edmonton while Latvia will take on Slovakia in Calgary.