31.12.2017 15:15

Team Canada beats Switzerland in the Spengler Cup final 3:0


In it’s 11th participation in Davos, the Swiss ice-hockey national team must continue to strive for a Spengler Cup triumph. In the final game on Sunday mid-day, Switzerland lost against Team Canada 0:3. The Canadian game winners were goalie Kevin Poulin and Captain Maxim Noreau.

Switzerland and Team Canada presented the 6300 fans in the 11th game of the Spengler Cup tournament (sold-out for the 9th time) in the Vaillant Arena with a high tempo, offensively-oriented and spectacular final. An early lead for the guests was missed when Christian Thomas (4.) shot against the bar in the first power play situation. The preliminary decision was made in the second period when Canada scored 2 goals within 237 seconds. Maxim Noreau emerged as one of the game winners. He prepared the first goal by supplying the pass to Zack Boychuk for completion. The second goal, the defender shot himself into the crosshairs of Leonardo Genoni’s net. An interesting detail: during the regular season the Swiss national team goalie and the Canadian Captain are teammates with SC Bern. The downfall of the Swiss was sealed by David McIntyre’s third goal for the extremely solid Canadians in the 53rd minute.

With their offensive drive, the Swiss contributed greatly to this appealing and entertaining game. However, failed regularly against Kevin Poulin. The 27-year-old goalie, who is under contract with the Croatian Club Medvescak Zagreb, defended against all Swiss scoring attempts. Poulin definitely increased his chances to become a member of the Canadian Olympic team with this strong performance.

Team Canada secured their 15th tournament win at the Spengler Cup on Sunday. They have now equalized HC Davos’ record. The Swiss National Team participated in this traditional tournament for the first time since 1979. Even though Head Coach Patrick Fischer’s team lost the final in Davos, it was a pleasure to watch them play.

Team Canada ­– Switzerland 3:0 (0:0, 2:0, 1:0)

Vaillant Arena, Davos. ­ 6300 spectators (sold-out). - REF Lemelin/Stricker (USA/Sz), Fluri/Kaderli (Sz).

Scoring: 28. Boychuk (Noreau, Ebbett) 1:0. 32. Noreau (Bartley, McClement) 2:0. 53. McIntyre (Parenteau) 3:0.

Penalties: 2 times 2 minutes each.

Team Canada: Poulin; Noreau, Bartley; Hickey, Goloubef; Schultz, Davies; Petschenig; Raymond, Kelly, Thomas; Hamilton, Boychuk, Ebbett; McClement, Evans, Sikura; McIntyre, Parenteau, Lapierre, D‘Agostini.

Switzerland: Genoni; Geering, Diaz; Schlumpf, Blum; Fora, Genazzi; Rathgeb, Kreis; Cunti, Hofmann, Brunner; Herzog, Richard, Martschini; Fazzini, Rod, Vermin; Schäppi, Bodenmann, Scherwey.

Notes: Switzerland without Boltshauser (replacement goalie), Praplan, Sutter, Suter, Hollenstein (healthy scratches). ­ 4. shot against the bar, Thomas. 59th minute timeout Switzerland