World Juniors and Spengler Cup Recap for December 31, 2012

WORLD JUNIORS

Game 17: Switzerland vs. Czech Republic

Matej Beran would put the Czechs on the board first 3:46 into the game. Christian Marti would tie the game up for the Swiss at 14:20. Lukas Svihalek would give the Czechs a 2-1 lead at 3:58 of the second, while Tomas Hyka would make it 3-1 at 6:46. Christoph Bertschy would make it 3-2 Czechs at 11:45 of the third while on the powerplay, and with 2:01 to go in regulation, Dario Simion would tie the game up on another powerplay. Overtime was needed, and 99 seconds in, Tomas Hertl would score the winner for the Czechs. They defeat Switzerland 4-3. Final shots were 31-29 Czechs.

Game 18: United States vs. Slovakia

Cole Bardreau would put the Americans on the board first at 4:05. Matus Matis would tie the game up for Slovakia just 14 seconds later. Less than a minute later, Jake McCabe makes it 2-1 USA. Johnny Gaudreau would make it 3-1 at 9:00. Mike Reilly would make it 4-1 at 11:46. Jacob Trouba would make it 5-1 at 13:50. At 16:50, Shayne Gostisbehere received a slashing major and game misconduct. Richard Mraz would score on the powerplay to cut the score to 5-2 at 18:35. Gaudreau would score a powerplay goal for the U.S. at 4:55 of the second to make it 6-2. Vince Trocheck would make it 7-2 at 6:16 while on the powerplay, and added another at 10:00 to make it 8-2. Matis would make it 8-3 at 9:21 of the third, but Alex Galchenyuk would make one more score to make it 9-3 at 16:16. U.S. wins 9-3 and outshot Slovakia 40-29.

Game 19: Sweden vs. Finland

Sweden would jump out to a 1-0 lead at 6:16 of the first period, the goal by Alexander Wennberg. They make it 2-0 at 6:59 on Robert Hagg’s goal. Victor Rask would make it 3-0 at 13:42. Joel Armia would get Finland on the board at 16:17. Rasmus Ristolainen would then make it 3-2 at 1:26 of the second. Armia would get his second of the game on a 5-on-3 advantage to tie the game up at 3:55. Sweden would break the tie at 16:03 on a goal by Vikdtor Arvidsson, and Filip Forsberg would make it 5-3 Sweden at 16:47 while on the powerplay. 40 seconds into the third, Ville Jarvelainen would make it 5-4. With 1:22 to go in regulation, Sweden’s Emil Molin would score an insurance goal to make it 6-4, and just 23 seconds after that, Arvidsson would score the empty netter to send Finland into relegation and win 7-4. Final shots were 42-38 Sweden.

Game 20: Russia vs. Canada

This was a case of saving the best round-robin game for last – Canada and Russia playing for a trip to the semifinals.

With the game scoreless for most of the period, the game’s first penalty occurred at 11:44 when Valeri Nichushkin would receive a checking from behind major penalty and a game misconduct, which was just what Canada needed to incur some major damage. At 14:04, Dougie Hamilton would give Canada the 1-0 lead, and Mark Scheifele would make it 2-0 at 15:58. Russia’s Nikita Kucherov would put Russia on the board at 17:36. Jonathan Drouin would add another goal for Canada at 6:31 of the second. With 28 seconds to go, Jonathan Huberdeau would score an empty netter to make it 4-1 Canada, but it wasn’t over yet as Russia was awarded a penalty shot attempt 9 seconds after the empty netter. Vladimir Tkachyov was to take the shot but Malcolm Subban came up big to keep the score the same. Canada would win the game 4-1 and in the process outshot Russia 48-22.

The quarterfinals are set for Wednesday, January 2, and it will be Switzerland vs. Russia and the United States vs. the Czech Republic. Sweden will face the winner of the former while Canada will face the winner of the latter.

SPENGLER CUP

Championship Game: Team Canada vs. HC Davos

Just 46 seconds into the game, Patrice Bergeron opens the scoring for Canada. At 3:12, while on the powerplay, Derrick Walser makes it 2-0 Canada. Ryan Smyth would score while shorthanded at 9:07 to make it 3-0. Dario Burgler would put Davos on the board at 17:19 to cut the Canadian lead to 3-1. Ryan Smyth would strike again for Canada at 1:34 of the second to make it 4-1. John Tavares would make it 5-1 at 10:24 while on the powerplay. Jason Spezza would make it 6-1 just 24 seconds into the third. Tavares would score another shorthanded marker at 9:36 to make it 7-1. Rafael Diaz would score once more for Davos at 17:29 to cut it to 7-2, but that was all she wrote. Canada wins their first Spengler Cup championship in 5 years (last won December 31, 2007) and outshot Davos 39-30 on the day.