28.12.2015 17:45

Jokerit Helsinki doesn’t let HC Lugano turn the tables and wins by 6-4.

(Foto: EQ Images/Gian Ehrenzeller)
 

Both teams neutralized each other on the ice until the 18th minute when the Finn Ville Lajunen set the stage for Brandon Kozun just before the line changes occurred. The top scorer for Jokerit Helsinki charged up the left side to the middle and dispatched the puck into the net to gain the lead.

That Doug Shedden’s team does not get easily rattled was proven in their comeback win against Mannheim after being behind by 0-3.

  

Game went back and forth

With a total of 6 goals, the middle period became the period of most-goals-shot so far during the 89th Spengler Cup, resulting in a back and forth game. First, Ryan Glenn (21.) shot to the right-hand corner of the net with 130 km/h to equalize the game. Only 69 seconds later, Lorenz Kienzle (23.) shooting from a similar position was able to turn the tide.

However, Jokerit was able to regain the lead through the short angle shot by Tim Kennedy (24.), and a solo by Roope Talaja (32.). Just as Jokerit wanted to seal the deal during the following power-play, the team from Tessin fought back for the second time.

While short-handed, Gregory Hoffmann challenged the Helsinki goalkeeper Henrik Karlsson whereby Damien Brunner (37.) then sunk the rebound to equalize. Within a minute, the Swiss were able to turn the game for the second time. Linus Klasen (38.) was responsible for the 4th goal.

In the final period, the cracks of the Finnish cult club played to win. After only 27 seconds, Philip Larsen (41.) equalized before Arturs Kulda (46.) placed Jokerit in the lead once again.

Once the Finns were sure of the win, Erkka Westerlund’s top players strived for more. Two more goals would name them group winner. However, Ville Lajunen (54.) was only able to increase the lead.

Jokerit Helsinki wins the game – HC Lugano wins the Torriani Group