Spengler Cup/World Juniors Recap Day 6

SPENGLER CUP DAY 6

It’s the final game of this year’s Spengler Cup. Let’s run through the highlights.

HC Davos vs. Dinamo Riga for all the marbles. Davos gets on the board just less than 2 minutes into the contest, Gregory Sciaroni getting the goal. A too many men call on Riga results in a Davos goal, this one by Petr Sykora (not the one from New Jersey), score is now 2-0. Riga scores early in the second period, the goal by Jamie Lundmark. Another penalty to Riga midway through the second results in another Davos powerplay goal, Pavel Brendl scoring making it 3-1. A number of minor penalties on both siders, most of them going against Riga, sees the score remain 3-1 until the final 25 seconds of regulation, when Riga scores to make it a 3-2 game, goal by Niclas Lucenius. But after that, and even with the Riga net empty, they fail to equalize, and HC Davos wins their first Spengler Cup title in 5 years!

The next bit of information is per the Spengler Cup website (http://www.spenglercup.ch/spenglercup/en/):

The All Star Team of Spengler Cup 2011 looks as follows: Malek (Vitkovice); Ozolins (Riga), Forster (Davos); Earl (Davos), Sykora (Davos), Hospelt (Wolfsburg). The best players of the Final were Reto Berra and Jamie Lundmark. The best scorer of the tournament is Roberts Bukarts (Riga) with six points (two goals, four assists). Petr Sykora (Davos) scored five goals (zero assists). Robbie Earl (Davos) realised just as Bukarts four assists (plus one goal). Taticek (Davos), Brendl (Davos) and Karsums (Riga) complete the top six scorers.

And that is it for the 2011 edition of the Spengler Cup.

WORLD JUNIORS DAY 6

Game 17: Czech Republic vs. Finland

With Canada officially first in their group, this was a battle for who would take second place. The Czechs would suffer a few early penalties in this game, and the second penalty they get results in the Finns scoring at 11:42. Alexander Ruuttu makes it 1-0. Miro Aalotnen makes it 2-0 at 16:19. More Czech fouls occur in the second, including a too many men call late in the period, but the only goal Finland gets comes on even strength, scored by Joonas Donskoi at 14:17. Teemu Pulkkinen closes the scoring at 3:37 of the third, assisted by the Granlund brothers. Finland wins 4-0.

Game 18: Slovakia vs. Switzerland

The Swiss score a pair of quick early goals in the game, the first at 6:09 by Joel Vermin, and at 7:16 by Sven Andrighetto. A minute later, Slovakia gets on the board, goal by Matus Chovan. Vermin makes it 3-1 at 8:40 of the second, a 5-on-3 goal. Chovan makes it 3-2 at 12:46. Richard Tanner makes it 4-2 just 47 seconds into the third. And then, at 5:14, Tomas Matousek maks it 4-3. Less than a minute later, Martin Marincin scores for Slovakia and ties the game. Chovan gets a hat trick and gives Slovakia the lead at 8:15. The Swiss replace Lukas Meili and put Tim Wolf in. Martin Gernat makes it 6-4 Slovakia at 9:43 of the third. Swiss try to get close but in the end, Slovakia beats Switzerland 6-4.

Game 19: United States vs. Canada

An early penalty by Dougie Hamilton ends up leading to a pair of USA penalties, first by Adam Clendening, and Jarred Tinordi, the latter resulting in a Canada powerplay goal by Mark Stone at 5:39. At 10:12, Jaden Schwartz makes it 2-0. With 4:01 to go in the first, Brett Connolly makes it 3-0. In the second period, Canada takes 3 penalties and the U.S. 2. In the third period, the United States starts to grow legs. After a powerplay that does not result in a goal, and offsetting roughing minors, the Americans get on the board when JT Miller makes it 3-1 at 9:49. At 13:12, Jason Zucker makes it 3-2. Canada calls time. The Americans kept pressing to tie, and even pulled their goalie late, but were not able to score any further goals. Canada manages to hang on by the skin of their teeth, a 3-2 victory, and definitely a berth in the semifinals on Tuesday. Their opponents will be determined soon.

Game 20: Russia vs. Sweden

Just 2:09 into the game, Ignat Zemchenko opens the scoring, making it 1-0 Russia. 7 seconds later, Yaroslav Kosov makes it 2-0. 13:33 into the period, Ivan Telegin makes it 3-0 while shorthanded. No scoring in the second, but five penalties called, four to Russia, including a Too Many Men call. Sweden gets on the board 3:17 into the third period, goal by Oscar Klefbom. With 7:41 to go in regulation, Rickard Rakell makes it 3-2. With less than 2 minutes to go, Johan Gustafsson goes to the bench and is replaced briefly by Anton Forsberg, who then goes to the bench for the extra attacker. With 40 seconds to go in regulation, Max Friberg lights the lamp with the equalizer, and giving Russia a dose of their own medicine, going back to when Canada blew a 3-0 lead in the Gold Medal Game and fell 5-3 to the now-defending Gold Medal champs. With the game tied 3-3 between Russia and Sweden, overtime was needed. 2:44 into the extra frame, Joakim Nordstrom scores the winning goal for Sweden, but a review was required to determine if the puck was batted in with a high stick. The review confirmed that the goal was indeed legal, and it counts, and it gives Sweden a stunning come-from-behind victory, shocking the Russians in a reversal of what happened in Buffalo last year. With the win, Sweden clinches their division and Russia takes second place.

With Sunday being a day off, the quarterfinals are set. They are Finland vs. Slovakia on Monday with the winner of that one going on to play Sweden in the semifinal on Tuesday, and Russia vs. the Czech Republic, also on Monday, with the winner of that one going on to play Canada in the semifinal on Tuesday. In relegation, Switzerland will play Denmark on Monday, United States vs. Latvia on Tuesday, and Latvia vs. Denmark and Switzerland vs. the United States on Wednesday.