World Juniors and Spengler Cup Recap for December 30, 2012
NOTE FROM THE WRITER: The December 31 recap will be posted late tonight ET.
Game 13: Finland vs. Switzerland
Switzerland would strike first at 13:01 of the opening period, the goal by Lino Martschini. Sven Andrightetto would make it 2-0 Swiss at 14:02. Markus Granlund would put Finland on the board at 5:21 of the second. Teuvo Teravainen would tie the game up at deuces wild at 10:59 while on the powerplay. Alessio Bertaggia would give Switzerland the 3-2 lead at 1:08 of the third. Dario Simion would make the score 4-2 at 11:30 while on the powerplay. With time running down, Finland knew they were going to have to make a huge comeback if they wanted to keep their championship hopes alive. Teravanien would start the rally with a powerplay goal at 13:06 to cut the Swiss lead to 4-3. And with Joonas Korpisalo out of the net with 1:45 to go, Granlund would score the tying goal just 5 seconds later, the score is 4-4. Overtime solved nothing so a shootout was required. In Round 5, Granlund was the only player to score and the Finns were able to mount a huge come-from-behind victory, 5-4 over Switzerland. Final shots were 57-23 in favor of Finland.
Game 14: Canada vs. the United States
Most Canada-USA games at the World Juniors become highly entertaining. This would be one of those.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would put Canada on the board first at 7:13 to give Canada the 1-0 lead. At 14:44, Ryan Strome would bang one home on John Gibson to make it 2-0 Canada. Jacob Trouba would spoil Malcolm Subban’s shutout bid by scoring a powerplay goal for the Americans at 11:02 of the third. Even with a late powerplay and Gibson out of the net, Subban managed to keep the door shut as Canada hung on for the 2-1 victory to pick up 3 more points in the standings. Heading into Monday’s game vs. Russia, Canada is the only team to record maximum standings points. Final shots were 37-32 in favor of the U.S.
Game 15: Czech Republic vs. Latvia
Petr Beranek would put the Czechs up 1-0 at 9:55 of the opening period. Nikita Jevpalovs would tie the game up for Latvia on the powerplay at 18:33. Martin Frk would put the Czechs up 2-1 at 2:01 of the second. Roberts Lipsbergs would tie the game at 1:59 of the third. Dimitrij Jaskin would break the tie for the Czechs at 13:46, and Frk would get another with 27 seconds to go to make it a 4-2 Czech victory. Final shots were 40-20 for the Czechs.
Game 16: Slovakia vs. Germany
Tobias Rieder would put Germany on the board first at 13:56 of the second period on a 5-on-3. It would be their first lead of the tournament. Bruno Mraz would tie the game up for Slovakia at 4:02 of the third. Overtime was needed and Peter Ceresnak would score for the Slovaks to give them a 2-1 win over the Germans. Final shots were 42-18 Slovakia.
Semifinal Game 1: Team Canada HC Fribourg Gotteron
Jason Spezza would score first for Canada at 16:32 of the opening period. That was scored on the powerplay. Marco-Antoine Pouilot would make it 2-0 Canada at 2:47 of the second. After being called for Too Many Men, Matt Duchene would score a shorthanded goal to make it 3-0 Canada at 16:05. On that same Fribourg powerplay, that side would get on the board, the goal by Joel Kwiatkowski at 16:29. Carlo Colaiacovo would make it 4-1 Canada at 6:25 of the third. Duchene would add another at 14:34 to make it 5-1, and that would be your final score. Final shots were 33-26 Canada.
Semifinal Game 2: HC Vitkovice Steel vs. HC Davos
Patrick Kane would put Davos on the scoreboard first with a goal at 11:48 of the opening period. Lukas Klimek would put Vitkovice on the board and tie things up at 7:31 of the second. Tomas Kudelka would score the go-ahead goal at 11:09 to put Vitkovice up 2-1. Gregory Hofmann would tie it up for Davos at 11:45. Dario Burgler would make it 3-2 Davos at 16:02. Roman Szturc would tie the game up 3-3 for Vitkovice at 2:42 of the third. Joe Thornton would put Davos back in front 4-3 at 6:28. Vladimir Svacina would tie it up for Vitkovice at 14:37. Patrick Kane would then score the winning goal with 22 seconds to go in regulation, preventing any need of an overtime session. Davos wins 5-4 and will have a re-match with Canada on New Years Eve. Final shots were 40-35 in favor of Vitkovice.