Spengler Cup/World Juniors Recap Day 3

To start, a correction to my previous article. I said Vitkovice was out of further competition in the Spengler Cup. They still have a quarterfinal game coming up in Day 4, therefore a chance to redeem themselves.


Game 5: Dinamo Riga vs. GA Wolfsburg

A little trivia on the “GA” in GA Wolfsburg: it stands for “Grizzly Adams”, for those of you who may be familiar with a late 1970s TV show.

Looking for a bye to the semifinals, Dinamo Riga needed to beat Wolfsburg to get there. About halfway through the first period, Fredrik Warg scores the opening goal to give Riga the 1-0 lead. A few minutes later, Girts Ankipans makes it 2-0. No scoring in the second period, which meant Wolfsburg needed to get going if they wanted to avoid an 0-2 start. By the start of the third, they had failed to score a goal. Well, it got worse when Riga extended their shutout bid by Roberts Burkarts’ goal, making it 3-0. The goalless streak for Wolfsburg would end as they finally get one in, with about 6-7 minutes left, getting on the board. They would not get any further goals and Riga would beat Wolfsburg 3-1. Riga finishes the round robin with a 2-0 record and a bye to the semifinals. Wolfsburg will play the loser of the Canada-Davos game in the quarterfinal.

Game 6: Team Canada vs. HC Davos

These two teams have plenty of history in the Spengler Cup. Late in the first, Davos, while shorthanded, gets a goal by Petr Sykora (not to be confused with an NHLer with the same name) to put the host squad up 1-0. In the later stages of the second, Sykora struck again, and makes it 2-0 Davos. Pascal Pellitier gets Canada on the board late to make it 2-1. Early in the third, Peter Sejna makes it 3-1 on a setup by Robbie Earl. Davos would add another to make it 4-1, goal by Robbie Earl. Sykora gets a hat trick a short time later, making it 5-1, and it becomes 6-1 on Sejna’s second of the game. Dario Burgler makes it 7-1, and the host squad adds another making it 8-1, goal by Pavel Brendl. That’s your final score. Canada got hammered big time.

In Day 4, it’s the knockout phase. The quarterfinals will have Canada vs. Wolfsburg and Kloten vs. Vitkovice. Davos and Riga are automatic semifinalists.


Game 7: Finland vs. United States

The first period saw both the U.S. and Finland taking 2 penalties, with no scoring at all. In the second minute of the second period, Miikka Salomaki scores on John Gibson to give the Finns a 1-0 lead. Just 19 seconds into the third, Chicago Blackhawks’ prospect Brandon Saad ties the game. Halfway through the third, Joel Armia makes 2-1 for Finland. Mikael Granlund (remember him back in May?) makes it 3-1. Joel Armia gets his second of the game at 16:27 to make it 4-1. That’s how it would end.

Game 8: Switzerland vs. Sweden

A mostly quiet first period between these two countries in Calgary, with the Swiss taking a penalty, sending Joel Vermin to the sin bin, and Max Friberg capitalizes, making it 1-0 for the Swedes. Just over 5 minutes into the second, Vermin scores on the powerplay, tying the game 1-1. With just under 4:00 to go in the period, Joakim Nordstrom gives Sweden the lead again, again on a powerplay goal. Ludvig Rensfeldt makes it 3-1 Sweden just under 2:00 into the third. Joel Vermin makes it 3-2 on a PP goal with nearly 7 minutes to go, and Dean Kukan ties it up with 2:04 to go in regulation. We’re going to overtime! And that solves nothing, so a shootout is necessary. Sweden goes first, and Sebastian Collberg scores, while Joel Vermin fails to tie it up. Friberg makes it 2-0 meaning Christoph Bertschy had to tie to keep the game going, and he doesn’t score, giving Sweden the 4-3 shootout win and 2 points in the round robin standings.

Game 9: Czech Republic vs. Canada

Going into this game, the Czechs had never beaten Canada in World Junior play. Canada hoped to keep it that way (although both tied each other twice). Well, 5:31 into the game, Mark Stone opens the scoring for Canada. Stone would be awarded a penalty shot attempt late in the period after Jiri Riha fell on the puck while in the crease. Stone missed on his attempt and we head into the second period. Four of the next five penalties went against the Czechs. Canada missed on all of them except the last one, when they make it 2-0 on Ryan Strome’s marker, with under 4 to go in the period. 2 minutes later, Brett Connolly makes it 3-0. The Czechs fail to capitalize on three straight man advantages early in the third, and as soon as Canada got back to full strength, Winnipeg Jets prospect Mark Scheifele makes it 4-0. Three straight Czech penalties came after, and on one of the powerplays, Scheifele would put in his second of the night to make it 5-0 and that would be your final. With less than 2 minutes to go in the game, Nathan Beaulieu would receive 2 for checking to the head/neck area and a 10-minute misconduct. At the final buzzer, Dominik Uher would receive a charging call. Canada is now 2-0-0-0 at the World Juniors.

Game 10: Slovakia vs. Russia

Finishing off the night is a Slovakia-Russia contest. With 33 seconds to go in the first period, Milos Bubela opens up the scoring for Slovakia, making it 1-0. Russia’s Ivan Telegin, with one second to go in the period, picks up a slashing minor plus a 10-minute misconduct. 4:11 into the second, Igor Ozhiganov from Nail Yakupov and Yaroslav Kosov ties the game 1-1. Just 1:45 into the third, Mikhail Naumenkov gives Russia their first lead of the night, making it 2-1. Nikita Gusev makes it 3-1 Russia with 5:29 to go in regulation. No further scoring occurs and Russia is undefeated in regulation with a 2-0-0-0 record.

In Day 4, just two games: Canada will play Denmark and Russia will play Latvia.