HC Lugano will have to wait to win its first Spengler Cup trophy. Team Canada successfully defended its title with a 5-2 victory over the Ticinesi on New Year’s Eve. The Canadians won the cup for the 14th time; they have been taking part in the traditional tournament since 1984.
When Canadian ice hockey professionals get to wear the maple leaf jersey, their pride and determination can move mountains – and that as a strong unit with the teams’ best interest in mind. Once again seen in the final of the 90th Spengler Cup. The North Americans showed no signs of fatigue, despite playing their fifth game in six days in Davos. By comparison: for Lugano it was “just” the fourth game. In addition, the Ticinesi had a day off before their semifinal game thanks to a first-place finish during the group stage.
The final even began unthinkably bad for Team Canada. Dario Bürgler made it 1-0 for Lugano on the first shot only 31 seconds into the game. But after Chay Genoway’s equalizer (9.) the Canadians gained momentum. The game-winner was scored to begin the second period. Within exactly 2 minutes Marc-André Pouliot and Cory Emmerton with a short-handed solo put the North Americans up 3-1. A spicy detail: just before Bürgler had narrowly missed making it 2-2. Even before the second intermission Team Canada’s top scorer Andrew Ebbett sealed the game for his team with the fourth goal. Canada’s compact defense aided by the strong netminder Zach Fucale did not give up more than Bürgler’s second goal. Instead, Nick Spaling scored on the empty Lugano net 17 seconds before the end of the game for the final score.
The All-Star Team of 90th Spengler Cup was announced before the final. It is composed of the following: Elvis Merzlikins (Lugano); Maxim Noreau (Team Canada), James Wisniewski (Lugano); Andrew Ebbett (Team Canada), Yevgeny Kovyrshin (Dynamo Minsk), Drew Shore (Davos).
Team Canada – Lugano 5:2 (1:1, 3:0, 1:1)
Attendance: 6300 (sold out). – REF Vinnerborg/Wiegand, Kaderli/Wüst.
Scoring: 1. (0:31) Bürgler (Zackrisson) 0:1. 7. Chay Genoway (Spaling, Emmerton) 1:1. 21. Pouliot (Micflikier, DiDomenico) 2:1. 23. Emmerton (Spaling, Parlett/Penalty Colby Genoway!) 3:1. 38. Ebbett (Raymond) 4:1. 45. Bürgler (Wisniewski/Penalty Flood) 4:2. 60. (59:43) Spaling (Ebbett/Delayed penalty against Lugano) 5:2.
Penalties: 7 minors, plus 10 minutes (DiDomenico) against Team Canada, 5 minors against Lugano.
Team Canada: Fucale; Noreau, Gormley; Heshka, Chay Genoway; Parlett, Flood; Vukic; DiDomenico, Pouliot, Micflikier; Ebbett, McIntyre, Raymond; Pare, Sheppard, Campbell; Spaling, Emmerton, Colby Genoway; Katic.
Lugano: Merzlikins (41. Müller); Wisniewski, Wilson; Chiesa, Furrer; Ulmer, Heinrich; Ronchetti, Hirschi; Bürgler, Zackrisson, Hofmann; Walker, Lapierre, Sannitz; Vesce, Martensson, Klasen; Fazzini, Gardner, Bertaggia.
Notes: Lugano without Brunner, Manzato, Kparghai, Vauclair, Morini, Fontana (injured), Reuille, Sartori, Riva, Romanenghi (healthy scratches), 59. Timeout Lugano, from 58:13 to 59:43 empty netted.