29.12.2015 17:45

In the first deciding game of the 89th Spengler Cup, host team HC Davos moved ahead of opponent Jokerit Helsinki twice and after a heroic fight won in overtime to advance to the semifinals.

(Foto: EQ Images/Pascal Muller)

The 18-year-old native Davoser Jerome Portmann (3.) kick-started the game and propelled HCD to an early lead in his premiere debut. However, the Davoser lead only lasted 10 minutes before the host team served up a joker to the Finns. Daine Todd (13./ps) sunk his penalty shot to equalize.

Following HC Davos’ renewed lead in the middle period – Ville Koistinen (31./pp) scored during a power-play – the Finns were again under pressure. Juhamatti Aaltonen (32.) proved his skill by quickly equalizing the game for the KHL team not 2 minutes later.


Yellow-Blue passion ignited

The fight to remain in the tournament intensified and Jokerit held the better cards. With a blueliner which the HCD goalie Gilles Senn could not control, Roope Talaja turned the tables. Even before the signal for the end of the period, the Finns scored again. Peter Regin caught Senn between his leg guards to make it 4-2.

Until Mauro Jörg (51.) scored in the 3rd period the fans remained relatively calm in the sold-out Vaillant Arena. From then it was like a madhouse. And HC Davos had only one goal in sight – the semifinals!

Four minutes before the end of the regular playing time, Samuel Walser (56.) scored to make it 4-4 and forced the first overtime of the tournament. According to the new rules, the deciding overtime period would be played with 3 skaters per team. Mauro Jörg, Captain Andres Ambühl and Gregory Sciaroni (64.) were on the ice for HCD when Sciaroni sunk the sudden-death golden shot to advance to the semifinals.