Game Report 185 Spengler Cup
PLAYED AT: Vaillant Arena
Date: Dec 31, 2016
GAME NOTES: CANADA TOPS LUGANO TO WIN SPENGLER CUP JASON LA ROSE DAVOS, Switzerland – A shorthanded goal by Cory Emmerton (St. Thomas, Ont./HC Ambri-Piotta, NLA) stood up as the game-winner as Canada’s National Men’s Team knocked off HC Lugano 5-2 on Saturday to defend its championship at the Spengler Cup. It’s the 14th title for the Canadians (1984, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012, 2015, 2016), one behind host HC Davos for the most in the tournament’s 90-year history. Chay Genoway (Morden, Man,/Jokerit Helsinki, KHL), Marc-Antoine Pouliot (Quebec City, Que./EHC Biel-Bienne, NLA), Andrew Ebbett (Vernon, B.C./SC Bern, NLA) and Nick Spaling (Drayton, Ont./Genève-Servette HC, NLA) had the other goals for Canada, which won four times in five days after a tournament-opening loss to HC Dinamo Minsk on Boxing Day. The Canadians certainly didn’t get the start they wanted; Dario Bürgler beat goaltender Zach Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Brampton, ECHL) with a slap shot off the right wing 31 seconds in, giving Lugano a very early 1-0 lead. But Genoway got that back for Canada just past the six-minute mark, shovelling the rebound of a Spaling shot past Lugano netminder Elvis Merzlikins to tie the game. The second period belonged to the Canadians, with three unanswered goals in the frame. Pouliot put Canada ahead for good just 59 seconds into the period, parking himself at the side of the Lugano net and redirecting in a pinpoint feed from Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Man./EHC Biel-Bienne, NLA). Emmerton made it a two-goal game two minutes later, going end-to-end with the Canadians killing a penalty, splitting the defencemen and going five-hole on Merzilkins, and Ebbett scored late off a centering pass from Mason Raymond (Cochrane, Alta./Hockey Canada) to make it 4-1 after 40 minutes. Merzlikins didn’t return to the Lugano net for the third period, replaced by Stefan Muller after allowing four goals on 36 shots through two periods. Bürgler added his second of the game early in the third period to get Lugano back within two, but the Swiss side couldn’t get another puck past Fucale, who won all four of his starts. Spaling finished his three-point performance with an empty-net goal in the dying seconds to cap the scoring. Prior to the game, Ebbett – who finished as the tournament’s leading scorer with eight points (four goals, four assists) – and Canadian captain Maxim Noreau (Montreal, Que./SC Bern, NLA) were named to the Spengler Cup all-star team.
Visiting Team: Canada
Home Team: HC Lugano
CANADA LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G MacIntyre, Drew
G30  Fucale, Zach
  Gormley, Brandon
  Genoway, Colby
  Genoway, Chay
  Parlett, Blake
 11  Campbell, Gregory
 16  Spaling, Nick
 19  Ebbett, Andrew
 21  Raymond, Mason
 23  Katic, Mark
 25  Emmerton, Cory
 26  Heshka, Shaun
 36  Flood, Mark
 40  Paré, Francis
 42  McIntyre, David
 55  Vukovic, Daniel
 56  Noreau, Maxim
 71  Micflikier, Jacob
 78  Pouliot, Marc-Antoine
 88  Sheppard, James
 89  DiDomenico, Chris
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
CANADA PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st2:00 Slashing 8:521 8:5210:52
2nd2:00 Goaltender Interference 2:381 2:384:38
2nd78 2:00 Tripping 8:411 8:4110:41
2nd89 2:00 Slashing 13:111 13:1115:11
3rd36 2:00 Tripping 3:451 3:454:08
3rd26 2:00 Holding 9:011 9:0111:01
3rd2:00 Roughing 16:03  16:0318:03
3rd89 2:00 Unsportsmanlike Conduct 19:43  19:4320:00
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
HC LUGANO LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G30  Merzlikins, Elvis
G31  Muller, Stefan
G84  Manzato, Daniel
G100  Goaltender, Lugano
  Wilson, Ryan
  Ronchetti, Massimo
  Furrer, Philippe
  Hirschi, Steve
  Martensson, Tony
 13  Bertaggia, Alessio
 15  Hofmann, Gregory
 17  Fazzini, Luca
 19  Zackrisson, Patrik
 22  Ulmer, Stefan
 23  Morini, Giovanni
 25  Lapierre, Maxim
 27  Chiesa, Alessandro
 29  Sartori, Riccardo
 32  Reuille, Sebastien
 37  Riva, Elia
 38  Sannitz, Raffaelle
 51  Gardner, Ryan
 70  Romanenghi, Matteo
 86  Klasen, Linus
 87  Bürgler, Dario
 90  Vesce, Ryan
 91  Walker, Julian
 92  Heinrich, Dominique
 93  Wisniewski, James
 99  Skater, Lugano
HC LUGANO PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st25 2:00 Interference 1:001 1:003:00
1st93 2:00 Hooking 17:481 17:480:12
2nd15 2:00 Hooking 3:451 3:455:45
2nd2:00 Tripping 19:471 19:471:47
3rd38 2:00 Roughing 16:03  16:0318:03
3rd93 2:00 High-Sticking 19:43  19:4320:00
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
CANADA Goals CANADA PLAYERS (plus) HC LUGANO PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st6:03  5-16-25            
2nd:59  78-71-89            
2nd2:59 SH 25-16-7            
2nd17:17  19-21            
3rd19:43 EN 16-19            
HC LUGANO Goals HC LUGANO PLAYERS (plus) CANADA PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st:31  87-19            
3rd4:08 PP 87-93            
                
                
                
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
CANADA 0 / 4
HC LUGANO 1 / 6
PENALTY SUMMARY
CANADA 16 min / 8 inf
HC LUGANO 12 min / 6 inf
POINT SUMMARY
CANADA 5 G + 8 A = 13 Pts
HC LUGANO 2 G + 2 A = 4 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
CANADA1315
HC LUGANO1012
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
CAN - Fucale (60:00) (W)11141540/0:003rd/20:00
LUG - Merzlikins (40:00) (L)1814032/0:002nd/20:00
LUG - Muller (18:13) 001010/0:003rd/18:13
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This report has been checked and verified against the Official Spengler Cup Game Report.