Thanks to a fantastic Gilles Senn in net, HC Davos qualified for the Spengler Cup semifinals on Thursday evening with a 3-1 victory over Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. Next, a Swiss showdown versus HC Lugano awaits them on Friday evening.
The outstanding atmosphere amongst the 6300 spectators at the once again sold out Vaillant Arena obviously fired up the HCD players. Davos showed no signs of fatigue in their third tournament game within 50 hours. Only in the opening period were the Russians, on a day’s rest, superior on the ice. Yet that is when the hosts shone with efficiency on the finish. Tuomo Ruutu (6.) scored the go-ahead goal on the power play. And three minutes later Drew Shore doubled up for his team. He securely finished a textbook combination that Sven Jung had initiated with a through pass to Ruutu. Gilles Senn showed a fantastic game in net for Davos. Only Anatoly Golyshev (18.) was able to beat the HCD netminder with a snipe to the top net corner. Senn stopped 31 Russian shots, leading to a lofty save percentage of 96.88%. In the game with the fewest goals scored this tournament, it came as no surprise that Senn and his Russian counterpart Ivan Lasutin were awarded best player honours after the game.
Davos – Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 3:1 (2:1, 0:0, 1:0)
Attendance: 6300 (sold out). – REF Fonselius/Leggo, Kovacs/Wüst.
Scoring: 6. Ruutu (Shore/Penalty Shuravlyov) 1:0. 9. Shore (Dino Wieser) 2:0. 18. Golyshev (Ticar) 2:1. 44. Marc Wieser (Ruutu, Jung) 3:1.
Penalties: 4 minors against Davos, 7 minors against Automobilist Yekaterinburg.
Davos: Senn; Jung, Kindschi; Heldner, Forster; Schneeberger, Paschoud; Forrer; Marc Wieser, Lindgren, Ruutu; Shore, Hall, Ledin; Simion, Corvi, Dino Wieser; Ambühl, Walser, Sciaroni; Kessler.
Automobilist Yekaterinburg: Lisutin; Caykovsky, Vasilvesky; Megalinsky, Shtshitov; Turbin, Timashov, Shuravlyov, Kivisto; Buchtele, Ticar, Golyshev; Michnov, Koukal, Gareyev; Monya, Tortshenyuk, Tshessalin; Mingaleyev, Volkov, Ivashov.
Notes: Davos without Egli (injured), Van Pottelberghe, Eggenberger, Portmann (U20 World Championships), Du Bois, Kousal, Rahimi, Jäger (healthy scratches), Volkov hits post in 14. minute.