Game Summary
Canada 7 - HC Energie Karlovy Vary 6 (Shootout)
 

CANADIANS EDGE CZECH TEAM KARLOVY VARY 7-6 IN SHOOTOUT IN SPENGLER CUP OPENER

DAVOS, Switzerland - Canada's win wasn't pretty.

But after only a couple of days together, the Canadians were happy to escape with a 7-6 shootout victory over HC Energie Karlovy Vary in their opening game of the Spengler Cup on Saturday.

"It wasn't a defensive gem by any means, but you've got to love a story with a happy ending," Canadian assistant coach Doug Shedden said.

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Serge Aubin scored the lone goal in the shootout to secure the win for the Canadians. Kurtis McLean had a goal and two assists, while Mike Siklenka, Shawn Heins, Travis Roche, Mark Bell and Alexandre Daigle added a goal apiece in the back-and-forth battle in front of 6,746 fans at Vaillant Arena.

Jaroslav Kristek scored twice for Czech team Karlovy Vary, while Michal Dobron, Dmitry Zyuzin, Lukas Pech, and Jan Kostal had one each. Kostal's goal tied the game in the 53rd minute to send it into overtime.

Shedden said opening the annual tournament with a win was a big relief for a thrown-together national squad that only gathered in Sweden on Christmas Eve and had just two practices together.

``That first game is the most dangerous one because all the teams that you play here are teams that play together through the course of the year,'' said Shedden. ``We've rushed these guys together and we've had two practices and we've tried to jam a lot of information into them, and that first game's the scariest.

``We got through it with a win, and I think that's a very positive thing tonight.''

Wade Dubielewicz and David LeNeveu split time in net for Canada, Dubielewicz clinching the victory when he turned away Pech's shot in the shootout.

Hometown team HC Davos beat Dynamo Minsk 3-2 in the other opening-round game Saturday.

The Canadians have Sunday off before facing HC Davos on Monday.

``Every year when Canada plays Davos, that's the biggest game of the tournament, so the town will be shaking and going crazy and it will be exciting,'' Shedden said. ``Davos has a great team in the Swiss league, they're the Swiss champions, so it should be an entertaining game.''

Shedden, an assistant to head coach Craig MacTavish, said the Canadians could use a day of practice.

``We have a lot to work on,'' he said. ``The first game, everyone is more excited and maybe a little bit dangerous jumping up on the play a little bit too much. We gave up too many odd-man rushes, and maybe the goaltending wasn't quite as high as we expected it to be tonight either.''

Canada has made numerous appearances at the tournament which dates back to 1923 and is hosted by Swiss club HC Davos. The Canadians have won it 11 times since first participating in 1984. Most recently they claimed the title in 2007, but lost 5-3 in the final to Moscow Dynamo last year.

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Event/Événement 2009 Spengler Cup Location/Emplacement Davos, SUI
Date Sat. Dec. 26, 2009 Arena/Aréna Vaillant Arena
Time/Heure 2:15 pm ET Attendance/Assistance 6,746
Round/Ronde Preliminary Game #/No du match 02

Box Score/Compte
1
2
3
OT
SO
Final
CAN
1
3
2
0
1
7
EKV
1
4
1
0
0
6

Goals/Penalties - Buts/Pénalités
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts : 
17:00 EKV Michal Dobron (Marek Melenovsky)
19:00 CAN Mike Siklenka (Randy Robitaille, Kurtis McLean)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
08:00 CAN Alexandre Daigle (Delay of Game/Retarder le match)
10:00 CAN Mike Siklenka (Tripping/Faire trébucher)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts : 
26:00 EKV Jaroslav Kristek
28:00 CAN Shawn Heins (Boyd Devereaux, Jamie Rivers)
36:00 CAN Travis Roche (Kurtis McLean, Jean-Pierre Vigier)
37:00 EKV Jaroslav Kristek (Atvars Tribuncovs, Lukas Mensator)
38:00 CAN Kurtis McLean
39:00 EKV Dmitry Zyuzin (Zdenek Kutlak, Jan Mucha)
40:00 EKV Lukas Pech

Penalties/Pénalités : 
23:00 EKV Jaroslav Kristek (Minor/Mineure)
26:00 CAN Shawn Heins (High Sticking/Bâton élevé)
29:00 CAN Kurtis McLean (Cross-checking/Double-échec)
29:00 CAN Kurtis McLean (10 minute misconduct/Inconduite 10 min.)
32:00 EKV Zdenek Kutlak (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
37:00 EKV Lukas Pech (Minor/Mineure)
38:00 CAN Curtis Brown (Interference/Obstruction)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts : 
41:00 CAN Mark Bell
50:00 CAN Alexandre Daigle (Jean-Pierre Vigier, Travis Roche)
53:00 EKV Jan Kostal (Pavel Kubena, Petr Kumstat)

Penalties/Pénalités : 
None/Aucun

Overtime/Prolongation

Goals/Buts : 
None/Aucun

Penalties/Pénalités : 
None/Aucun

Shootout/Tirs de barrage

EKV Zigmung Palffy NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
CAN Randy Robitaille NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
EKV Lukas Pech NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT
CAN Serge Aubin GOAL/BUT
EKV Jaroslav Kristek NO GOAL/AUCUN BUT

Goaltenders CAN D. LeNeveu, W. Dubielewicz (40:00)
Gardiens de but EKV L. Mensator
Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p OT Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 6 14 12 3 35
Tirs au but EKV 11 13 7 2 33
 
Referee/Arbitre Brent Reiber
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