26.12.2015 17:50

In the opening game of the 89th Spengler Cup, HC Lugano turns on the gas and recovers from a 0-3 score to win against Adler Mannheim with 6-3.

(Foto: EQ Images/Gian Ehrenzeller)

During the opening ceremony, the band stickStoff set the pace with their drum sticks in front of a sold-out crowd in the Davos stadium. Adler Mannheim took up the beat and presented ice-hockey highlights with their 3-0 lead in less than a half-hour net playing time.

When Brent Raedeke (5.) placed the puck in the net for the first goal of the tournament, relief was clear to see among the Mannheim players. The team led by head coach Greg Ireland has not had a win during the entire month of December.

Ryan MacMurchy (14.) can thank Damien Brunner for losing the puck in the neutral zone to extend Mannheim’s lead. As with the initial goal, the referees consulted the video tapes to confirm what happened. MacMurchy celebrated again in the middle period. The Canadian was responsible for the 3-0 score with his second goal.

Defending the net for the Adlers was fired-up goalie Dennis Endras who frustrated the second Swiss Team at the Spengler Cup aside from the host HC Davos completely.


Then Lugano clipped the Eagle’s wings.

In the first power-play for HC Lugano, Fredrik Pettersson (33./pp) was finally able to put a score on the board. The fans from Tessin (named Tifosis) did not dare to speak their thoughts that this could mean the tide was turned. Even though Pettersson’s next shot – hitting the outer net – was very promising.

Shortly before the end of the middle period, Damien Brunner (36.) took a Hofmann-shot over the line to score, followed by a blue-liner from Pettersson (39.) for his second goal to equalize the game.

In the last 20 minutes, the team from Tessin only required one minute and one player to decide the game in their favor. Tony Martensson served up the puck to Linus Klasen (45.) with a cross pass in front of the goal whereby Klasen only needed to nudge the puck into the empty net. Not even a minute later, Klasen (46.) fought for possession of the puck and won the duel against the Adler goalie Endras to make it 5-3.

The last point was made by Lugano’s Alessio Bertaggia (60./en) with an empty-net-goal.