Game Summary

Canada 4 - Mora IK 3  shootout

Spengler Cup
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
20:15 Local | 02:15 ET
Davos, SUI

Canada beats Mora in a penalty shootout

Already the evening game on the first day of the tournament went in a penalty shootout. In the end Canada succeeded and beat Mora 4:3 although the Swedish team was closer to win the game in the regular time. But particularly in the shootout, Mora acted unfortunately.

Even as Stacy Roest scored the 3:2 for Team Canada in the 53. minute, Mora tried to close the gap. 2 minutes before the end of the regular time Mikko Kurvinen scored the 2:2. Shortly before and after the 2:3 Mora hit only the goal post from Canada goaltender Justin Pogge. As Roest scored Mora’s goaltender Mikko Rämö gave an unmeant assist, and got injured.

In the run-up to this Spengler Cup the first performance of Mora was highly expected. Nobody knew about the power of the 10th ranked Mora but during the game against Canada the team proofed, that it is a worthy Spengler Cup participant.

In the first period, the Team Canada was superiority, but the result after twenty minutes was only 1:1. In the second period the Swedish “outsider” team played quite as well as Canada and in the third period even better. The point Mora gained in the penalty shootout is well-deserved.

For the Canadians the story does not repeat. Exactly one year ago, they lost their first game against Metallurg Magnitogorsk in a penalty shootout. The team of legendary head coach Pat Quinn played like everybody had expected. The offensive was obviously better than the defence.

Best Players: Brandon Reid / Eric Johansson

Team Canada: Pogge; Heins, Harrison; Syvret, Doig; Strudwick, Scalzo; Law, Kolanos, Jamie Wright; Gardner, Pittis, Maneluk; Tyler Wright, Roest, Herperger; Reid, Brent, Holden.

Mora: Rämö (53. Pitkämäki); Skogs, Kultanen; Jonsson, Määtä; Kurvinen, Cedergren; Bruun; Elomo, Huml, Johansson; Jardine, Bastiansen, Beaudoin; Nilsson, Simons, Jansson; Tuooko, Granström, Wessner.

Penalties: 7 x 2 minutes Team Canada, 5 x 2 minutes Mora

Our team got off to a very energetic start last night outshooting team Mora 21-7 in the first period.  We controlled the play the entire period.  We missed some great chances to score and the game went to a shoot out.  Stacy Roest scored in his attempt and Kirby Law scored the winner for us.  Justin Pogge stopped both shots he had to face.  Our goals were scored by Brandon Reid, Chris Herperger and Stacy Roest.  Canada outshot Mora 44 - 23

Brad Fast was diagnosed with a broken wrist which happened the night before he came to Davos.  He will not be able to play and has been replaced by Chris Bright.

Sold out arena and a very rambuncious crowd inside and outside the rink.  It has a festival/circus type atmosphere.

All of the families are happy to be here and enjoying themselves.  They have gone on 2 outings over the last couple of days with all of the kids and tomorrow will be our outdoor practice and team/family photo day.

This is quite the town as it is nestled in the Swiss alps and the weather has been beautiful here!

Box Score CAN
1
1
1
1
4
Compte MORA IK
1
1
1
0
3

First Period/Première période

Scoring/Buts:
Simons (Jansson) 0:1.
Reid (Holden, Pogge) 1:1.

Penalties/Pénalités:
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Second Period/Deuxième période

Scoring/Buts:
Herperger (Harrison, Kolanos) 2:1.
Johansson (Huml, Elomo) 2:2.

Penalties/Pénalités:
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Third Period/Troisième période

Scoring/Buts:
Roest (Tyler Wright, Herperger) 3:2.
Kurvinen (Jansson) 3:3

Penalty shootout: Roest – 1:0. Huml – saved by Pogge. Reid – missed. Johansson – saved by Pogge. Law – 2:0.

Penalties/Pénalités:
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Goaltenders CAN Pogge
Gardiens de but MORA IK Rämö (53. Pitkämäki)

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN - - - -
Tirs au but MORA IK - - - -

Referee/Arbitre - Mandioni
Linesmen/Juges des lignes - Rébillard, Mauron

Attendance/Assistance 6820
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Brad Pascall Vice-President, Hockey Operations