World Juniors and Spengler Cup Recap for December 28, 2012

WORLD JUNIORS

Game 7: Finland vs. Czech Republic

Tomas Hyka would put the Czechs up on the board first at 14:17 of the opening period. Marek Hrbas would make it 2-0 at 16:34 while on the powerplay. Finland would get on the board at 2:29 of the second, the goal by Teuvo Teravainen. Dmitrij Jaskin would pot home an empty netter with 4 seconds left in the game to seal the deal and upset the Finns by a score of 3-1. The Czechs outshot the Finns 30-21.

Game 8: Canada vs. Slovakia

Entering play, Canada had never trailed Slovakia in a World Junior game, and was 7-0-1 heading in. Canada ended up trailing for the first time ever vs. their opponent as Slovakia’s Marko “Book’em” Dano opened up the scoring 2:53 into the game. Later, at 13:39, J.C. Lipon would receive a 5-minute checking to the head and neck area major penalty and was ejected (game misconducts in IIHF-sanctioned events count as 20 penalty minutes for statistical reasons), and on the ensuing powerplay, Tomas Mikus makes it 2-0 at 15:28. Canada would be able to kill off the rest of the major. Ryan Strome would put Canada on the board just 2:16 into the second. At 6:21, Anthony Camara would receive a charging major and got tossed on what looked to be a clean hit gone wrong that resulted in the Slovakian player who got hurt to pay a visit to the nearby hospital. Dano would strike a second time by scoring on an eventual 5-on-3 at 10:35, and then they ran into foul problems of their own, resulting in Canada getting a 5-on-3, for which Morgan Rielly would score to make it 3-2 at 11:42. Another Slovakian penalty would result in Ty Rattie tying the game up at 15:18. Mark Scheifele would score the eventual winning goal at 19:01 to give Canada their first lead of the game. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would score at 3:32 of the third to put the score at 5-3, and Ryan Strome would put in his second of the game to put the score at 6-3 at 7:05. Canada outshot Slovakia 30-28.

Game 9: Sweden vs. Switzerland

Eliot Antonietti would put the Swiss on the board first at 14:04 of the opening period. Sebastian Collberg would tie the game up for Sweden at 10:32 of the second on the powerplay. Mike Kunzle would give the Swiss the lead back on their own powerplay at 12:09. Emil Djuse would tie it up for Sweden at 6:14 of the third, forcing overtime. That solved nothing so a shootout was needed. It took 3 rounds and the only player who scored on their shot was Victor Rask of Sweden. That gave his country the 3-2 shootout win. Final shots were 39-31 Sweden.

Game 10: Russia vs. the United States

Albert Yarullin would put Russia on the board first at 2:42 of the opening period while on the powerplay. Jacob Trouba would tie the game up at 13:18 of the second on their own powerplay. Vladimir Tkachyov would score the eventual winner at 4:10 of the third to give Russia the 2-1 win. Both goalies – John Gibson for the U.S. and Andrei Makarov for Russia – were stellar in their efforts. Final shots were 42-30 for the Americans.

SPENGLER CUP

Game 5: HC Fribourg Gotteron vs. HC Vitkovice Steel

Roman Szturc would put Vitkovice on the board first at 8:50 of the opening period. Rudolf Huna would up the lead to 2-0 at 1:45 of the second. Fribourg’s Julien Sprunger would get on the board 4:39 into the third period. The final score was 2-1 Vitkovice, but they were badly outshot 39-17 by Fribourg. With the win, Vitkovice moves into a semifinal berth.

Game 6: Adler Mannheim vs. HC Davos

In order for Canada to pick up a bye to the semifinal game, they needed Davos to beat Mannheim. 3:18 into the game, Dennis Seidenberg would put Mannheim in front. Florian Kettemer would make it 2-0 3:11 into the second. Just over a minute later, at 4:15, Enzo Corvi would put Davos on the board. Dino Wieser would tie the score up at 8:45 while on the powerplay. He would then score the go-ahead goal at 11:14. Loui Eriksson would make it 4-2 Davos 54 seconds into the third. Gregory Hofmann would make it 5-2 at 8:28, and Santeri Alatalo would seal the deal making it 6-2 at 10:07. The shots were even at 34 each. With the Davos win, Canada receives an automatic bye to the semifinal.

The Saturday quarterfinals are set. In the first game, Fribourg will play Mannheim, and that will be followed by Ufa taking on Davos. Canada will play the winner of the first quarterfinal game while Vitkovice will play the other quarterfinal winner.