DAVOS, Switzerland Canada's National Men's team tied the Cologne (Germany) Sharks 2-2 today at the Spengler Cup, but then lost one point in shoot out after missing on all four shots.
Chris Belanger and Claude Poudrier scored for Canada during regulation time. Frank Banham, Christian Dubé, Daniel Marois and Ray Sheppard all took shots for Canada in the shoot out, but were all stopped by Sharks goalie Andrew Verner.
Canada received one point for the shoot out loss, while Cologne received two points. Jamie Ram played goal for Canada, stopping 28 of 30 shots on goal. Both goalies, Ram for Canada and Verner for Cologne, were named players of the game for their respective team. Verner had 32 saves on 34 shots on goal. Canada¹s next game is December 29th, as they take on the host Davos team.
A total of five teams are participating in the Spengler Cup, a round-robin tournament. The top two teams will advance to a one-game championship showdown on December 31st. Mike Peca, the former Buffalo Sabres captain did not play due to an injury received in Canada¹s first game, and is listed as day to day. Head Coach Wayne Fleming is behind the bench for Canada at the Spengler Cup, and is joined by National Men's Team Associate Coach/General Manager Mike Pelino.
Pelino will assist media with any requests. He can be reached in Switzerland at 011 41 81 413 8181 for the duration of Canada's stay at the Spengler Cup.
CANADA VS. COLOGNE
11:50, CAN - Belanger (Assists: Roy, Murray), 1:0
16:55, Cologne - Millen (Assist: Momesso, Brown), 1:1
55:25, CAN - Poudrier (Assists: Banham), 2:1
57:40, Cologne - Norris (Assists: Miner, Young), 2:2
Attendance: 7680 fans, sold out