Spengler Cup/World Juniors Recap Day 2
Just four games combined in Spengler Cup and World Juniors for today. Here’s the recap.
SPENGLER CUP DAY 2
Game 3: GA Wolfsburg vs. Kloten Flyers
This ended up being a one-sided contest. On Monday, Kloten was on the receiving end of a thrashing; this time, they provide the offense. In the latter half of the opening period, Roman Wick puts Kloten on the board, making it 1-0. In the second, a pair of quick goals by Micki Dupont and Yannick Herren put the Flyers up 3-0. Kloten would continue to show no mercy in the third, when Marcel Jenni makes it 4-0, then Victor Stancescu makes it 5-0, and Wick puts the icing on the cake, making it 6-0. As the game neared the end, Wolfsburg’s Benedikt Schopper gets a major for checking to the head of Sven Berger, and is promptly ejected from the game.
Game 4: HC Davos vs. HC Vitkovice Steel
There was no scoring in the first. Petr Pohl scores for Vitkovice early in the second to make it 1-0. Davos would tie it up late in the period on a goal by Petr Taticek. He would get his second of the game in the final minute of the period, making it 2-1 Davos. Late in regulation, with the net empty, Vitkovice attempted to get the equalizer to force overtime, but were unable to score. Davos wins a close one 2-1. With an 0-2 record, Vitkovice is out of the running to play any further.
In Day 3, Dinamo Riga will take on GA Wolfsburg, while Team Canada will take on HC Davos.
WORLD JUNIORS DAY 2
Game 5: Denmark vs. Czech Republic
Entering this game, Denmark hopes to avoid another lopsided defeat. But not long after taking the game’s first powerplay, they get caught with a too many men call, and after a brief 4-on-4, the Czechs go to the powerplay, and make Denmark pay, as Tomas Hertl makes it 1-0. Czechs would take two more penalties in the first, and Denmark the other one. No penalties called in the second, but the Czechs get two more goals, scored by Hertl again, and then Radek Faksa, at 2:44 and 11:13 respectively. A powerplay goal by Petr Holik makes it 4-0 less than 2 minutes into the third, while Tomas Filppi makes it 5-0 20 seconds later. Dmitrij Jaskin gets the touchdown, making it 6-0, and while shorthanded, Jiri Riha pots in the extra point, as the Czechs destroy the Danes 7-0.
Game 6: Latvia vs. Slovakia
A quiet first period resulting in 3 Slovakia penalties (all killed off) gives way to Latvia taking a 1-0 lead 6:41 into the second, goal scored by Juris Ziemins. Nearly 9 minutes later, Tomas Jurco scores for Slovakia on the powerplay. A series of penalties (one by Latvia, two by Slovakia) results in a Latvian powerplay, and even with a brief 5-on-3, are unable to capitalize. 2:02 into the third, Marek Tvrdon breaks the tie to give the Slovaks the 2-1 lead. With Latvia’s goalie pulled for an extra attacker, they press to equalize, but Michal Toman scores into the open cage, making it 3-1 Slovakia. And that’s the way it would end.
In Day 3, Finland will play the United States, Switzerland will play Sweden, the Czech Republic will play Canada, and Slovakia will take on Russia.
As a personal treat, have a look at Paul Romanuk interviewing Welsh-born Australian hockey player Nathan Walker, who at the age of 17, was participating in his first Spengler Cup with HC Vitkovice Steel.