It was a successful Spengler Cup debut for HK Mountfield. The team from the Czech city of Hradec Kralove won in its first ever appearance in Davos 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon.
The celebrated match winner for Mountfield was Richard Jarusek. The 1.89 metre tall, 98 kilo forward scored the game-winning goal on the power play 245 seconds before the end of regulation. The 25-year-old had already tied the game at 1-1 on the man advantage. Dmitry Monya put Yekaterinburg ahead after 31 seconds – the fastest goal so far at the 90th edition of the Spengler Cup. Then Mountfield dominated the opening period – in part due to four minors against the Russians. However, only in the 24th minute did Roman Kukumberg give the Czechs a 2-1 lead. In this even game, Anatoly Golyshev (38.) and Michal Caykovsky (40.) temporarily turned the score in favour of Yekaterinburg shortly before the end of the middle period. Kukumberg (53.) tied it up at 3-3 with his second goal, igniting an exciting final stage of the game, in which Jarusek, the second Czech two-goal scorer, completed the final score.
The deciding game in Group Torriani between HC Lugano and Mountfield will take place on Wednesday afternoon. The winner will take the group and secure a direct semifinal berth.
Scoring: 1. (0:31) Monya (Timashov) 0:1. 5. Jarusek (Penalty Shtshitov) 1:1. 25. Kukumberg (Gregorc, Bednar) 2:1. 38. Golyshev (Tortshenyuk) 2:2. 40. (39:43) Caykovsky (Vasilevsky/Penalty Dragoun) 2:3. 53. Kukumberg (Pavlas) 3:3. 56. Jarusek (Dzernis/Penalty Tortshenyuk) 4:3.
Penalties: 6 minors against Hradovec Kralove, 7 minors against Yekaterinburg.
Mountfield Kralove: Rybar; Vydareny, Planek; Gregorc, Dietz; Stajnoch, Newton; Pavlas, Ehrhardt; Cerveny, Dzerins, Simanek; Bednar, Kukumberg, Dej; Jarusek, Dragoun, Picard; Lhotak, Kohler, Monnet.
Yekaterinburg: Sochatzky; Caykovsky, Vasilevsky; Timashov, Turbin; Megalinsky, Shtshitov; Shuravlyov, Kivisto; Buchtele, Tshistov, Ticar; Monya, Tortshenyuk, Tshessalin; Simakov, Gubin, Golyschev; Ivaschov, Mingaleyev, Volkov.
Notes: Yekaterinburg empty net at 60. (59:26). 60. (59:40) Timeout Mountfield Kralove.