Canada wins 16th Spengler Cup
Canada won the disputed Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland with a 4-0 victory against Trinec Ocelari, a team from the Czech Republic, on Tuesday.
Canada has won each of its four tournament games. By the way, the team scored 19 goals and conceded only two, a tournament record for the fewest goals allowed.
Dustin Jeffrey led Canada’s attack with two goals and an assist. Quebec defenseman Maxim Noreau amassed three assists while Kris Versteeg, who played for 11 seasons in the NHL, added a goal and an assist. Ian Mitchell completed.
“Each year we have a different group of guys, but it’s always a lot of fun to come here. Sean Burke and Hockey Canada did a great job in forming this team, “said team captain Noreau.
“It is great for our team and our families that the Spengler Cup ends in victory and we are going to enjoy it, but above all it is about wearing the maple leaf sweater and playing with intensity.”
Goalkeeper Zachary Fucale blocked 26 shots for a second shutout in as many days. In three starts, the Laval goalkeeper conceded only two goals. In three career appearances at the Spengler Cup, Fucale has a cumulative record of 10-0-1.
“This team was incredible. We had an impressive group of defenders and everyone made me look good. I really didn’t have anything special to do because our team played very well, so it was a lot of fun, “said Fucale.
“I tried to stay focused and a few times throughout the tournament, I was very lucky, but it was a great experience with a great team.”
After a scoreless first period, Canada exploded scoring three times in just over four minutes in the second twenty. All of these goals have been scored as power play.
Jeffrey broke the deadlock at 9:02 am and Mitchell doubled the lead during a two-man power play at 11:40. Versteeg crowned Canada’s push at 13:09, while another rival was in the dungeon.
Jeffrey completed his double at 4:55 of the third period, tied.
Fucale, Noreau and their teammate Kevin Clark, a forward, have been named to the tournament all-star team. Clark led the tournament in goals with six and assists in eight.
Canada directed 37 pucks to goalkeeper Jakub Stepanek.
It is the fourth time in the past five years that Canada’s team has won the Spengler Cup final, and the 16th time in history. Last year, Canada was defeated in the shootout final by team KalPa Kuopio of Finland.