Spengler Cup/World Juniors Recap Day 4
At the Spengler Cup, the knockout phase begins, while at the World Juniors, the round robin continues.
SPENGLER CUP DAY 4
Quarterfinal Game 1: Kloten Flyers vs. HC Vitkovice Steel
With only 2 goals to their credit, Vitkovice needed a huge performance if they wanted to stay alive. Late in the first period, Jan Kana gets the Steel on the board. Early in the second, Jan’s brother, Tomas, makes it 2-0. In the dying minutes of the middle period, Juraj Sykora pads the lead to 3-0. Early in the third, Petr Pohl extends the lead to 4-0. Juraj Stefanka makes it 5-0 with about 5 minutes to go. A bit of a scrum ensues shortly after, resulting in Franco Collenberg getting a slashing call, and Jan Kana and Victor Stancescu offsetting roughing minors, giving Kloten the powerplay. On that powerplay, the Flyers break Roman Malek’s shutout bid by making it 5-1, goal scored by Felicien DuBois. And that was all she wrote. Vitkovice has life again, and will play Davos in a rematch on Friday in the semifinal. See below for Canada vs. Wolfsburg.
Quarterfinal Game 2: GA Wolfsburg vs. Team Canada
Having been hammered the day before by HC Davos, Team Canada will need to come on strong if they want a date with Dinamo Riga in Friday’s semifinal game. Late in the opening period, Domenico Pittis makes it 1-0 Canada. Wolfsburg would tie it up a short time later, goal scored by David Laliberte, right off the face-off. In the final minutes of the second period, Kurtis McLean scores to give Canada the 2-1 lead. With less than 9 minutes to go in regulation, Christopher Fischer ties it up 2-2, and forcing the game into overtime, which solves nothing. Joel Perreault scores first in the top half of the shootout, while Mike Bishai misses. In Round 2, Stacy Roest misses in his half, and Kai Hospelt ties it, but it had to be reviewed before confirming the tie. JP Vigier fails to score meaning Haskings could end it with a goal. He misses, and the order is reversed, giving Wolfsburg first opportunity take the lead. Hospelt scores and Canada’s Perreault has to score to keep the game alive. It’s no dice and Canada is out. Wolfsburg beats Canada 3-2 in the shootout. And for the first time since the current format was instituted, the two teams who ended the round robin without a win now have new life in Friday’s upcoming semifinals.
Those Friday semifinals are now set. They are HC Davos vs. HC Vitkovice Steel in a rematch from Tuesday, and Dinamo Riga squaring off with GA Wolfsburg, a rematch from Wednesday. Davos and Vitkovice will play the early game, while Riga and Wolfsburg play later in the day.
WORLD JUNIORS DAY 4
Game 11: Canada vs. Denmark
2:34 into the game, Quinton Howden puts Canada on the board. At 6:17, Brett Connolly scores a shorthanded marker. 10 minutes later, Mark Stone goes in and makes it 3-0, and it’s unassisted. With under 90 seconds to go in the first, Ryan Strome makes it 4-0. Scott Harrington makes it 5-0 just 25 seconds into the second. Stone’s second of the game comes nearly 5:00 in. Then, Canada takes back-to-back penalties, resulting in a 5-on-3 for Denmark. Canada kills off both. Freddie Hamilton puts in the extra point making it 7-0 at 15:31. Denmark breaks the shutout bid 3:05 into the third, goal by Nicoali Meyer. Nearly 6 minutes later, it’s 7-2, with the goal by Emil Kristensen. That was a powerplay goal. Brandom Gormley makes it 8-2 with 8:28 to go. With 4:33 to go, Gormley scores again, making it 9-2. Brendan Gallagher ends the scoring with Canada’s second shorthanded goal with 3:01 to go. Final score is 10-2. Canada has a tough road ahead now. They have a date with the United States on New Years Eve. If Canada has any chance at beating the Americans, they have to stay out of the penalty box. They took a grand total of 8 minors in this game. Heading into this game, they were the second-most penalized team at the tournament. While they have been good at the penalty kill, only allowing one all tournament, the United States will be a major threat as they want to light the lamp while a man or two up.
Game 12: Russia vs. Latvia
All night, it was all Russia all the time. It goes like this: Mikhail Grigorenko makes it 1-0 at 10:29 of the first. Less than a minute into the second, the first of Russia’s six goals come from Artyom Sergeyev, then at 7:04 by Evegeni Kuznetsov, 10:04 by Kuznetsov again, his second of the game, 12:53 by Grigori Zheldakov, 15:07 by Nikita Gusev, and 18:34 by Gusev. The “Red Army” makes it 8-0 barely a minute into the third by Pavel Kulikov. It’s 9-0 1:43 in, goal by Alexander Khokhlachev. 2:34 in, Kuznetsov hat trick makes it 10-0. 4:14 in, 11-0 by Igor Zemchenko. 11:36 in, Yaroslav Kosov makes it 12-0. Khokhlachev makes it 13-0 at 13:29, and finally, Nikita Nesterov makes it 14-0. Kuznetsov ends the night with a 9-point performance, one shy of a 10-point performance by Peter Forsberg in 1992. Latvia looked like they ran into a buzzsaw. Or in this case, the Soviet Red Army Machine. Either way, big night for Kuznetsov, and the Russians take Friday off, gearing up for a date with Sweden on New Years Eve.
On Friday, four games to talk about. They include the Czechs vs. the United States, Slovakia vs. Sweden, Denmark vs. Finland, and Latvia vs. Switzerland.