Game Summary
Canada 3 - Energie Karlovy Vary 1 (Final)


DAVOS, Switzerland – Micki Dupont scored the game-winning goal on a second-period power play – one of three goals Canada scored with the man advantage – as the National Men’s Team opened the 2008 Spengler Cup with a 3-1 win over Energie Karlovy Vary on Friday.

Canada took advantage of an undisciplined Karlovy Vary – the Czech team took eight consecutive minor penalties in the second period – to open defense of its 2007 tournament title with a victory.

After a fast-paced, but scoreless, first period, the Canadians struck just shy of the midway point of the middle frame as Brad Isbister took a pass in the slot from Byron Ritchie and snapped a shot over the glove of Karlovy Vary netminder Lukas Mensator.

Lukas Pech pulled the Czechs squad even just minutes later, depositing his own rebound past Canadian goaltender Daren Machesney, before Canada’s special teams really took over.

Dupont blasted a shot from the point past Mensator on a two-man advantage to restore the Canadian lead, and Jean-Guy Trudel picked up a loose puck at the side of the net and made it a two-goal lead on another five-on-three just minutes after that.

Neither team found the back of the net in the third period, although the Czechs had a number of power play opportunities to get back into the game. The Canadians outshot Karlovy Vary 27-25, although it was the Czech team who held a 14-3 advantage after 20 minutes.

Canada returns to the ice at Valliant Arena on Saturday when it faces HC Davos, the tournament hosts. The game can be seen live on Rogers Sportsnet at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST.


Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event/Événement 2008 Spenlger Cup Location/Emplacement Davos, SUI
Date Fri, Dec 26, 2008 Arena/Aréna Eisstadion Davos
Time/Heure 2:15 pm EST Attendance/Assistance 7,480
Round/Ronde Preliminary Round Game # 02


Box Score/Compte


First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :

Penalties/Pénalités :
5:00 CAN Robitaille (Hooking/Accrocher)
7:00 EKV Reznicek (Interference/Obstruction)
16:38 CAN Clarke (High Sticking/Bâton élever)
18:10 CAN Fata (Slashing/Cingler)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
8:57 CAN Isbister (Ritchie) PP
12:48 EKV Pech (Nemec)
14:23 CAN Dupont (Robitaille, Domenichelli) PP2
16:20 CAN Trudel (Pittis, Scalzo) PP

Penalties/Pénalités :
01:21 CAN Kwiatkowski (Hooking/Accrocher)
01:50 EKV Nemec (Checking from Behind/Mise-en-échec par arrière)
02:55 EKV Kostal (Hooking/Accrocher)
06:57 EKV Skuhravy (Hooking/Accrocher)
13:07 EKV Zucker (Hooking/Accrocher)
13:47 EKV Dobron (Cross-checking/Double-échec)
14:00 EKV Mudroch (Roughing/Rudesse)
15:23 EKV Prosek (Hooking/Accrocher)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :

Penalties/Pénalités :
00:51 CAN Trudel (Checking from Behind/Mise-en-échec par arrière)
12:21 CAN Isbister (Roughing/Rudesse)
13:21 CAN Pittis (Hooking/Accrocher)
16:23 CAN Kariya (Slashing/Cingler)


Goaltenders CAN
D. Machesney
Gardiens de but EKV L. Mensator

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Fnl
Shots on Goal CAN 3 17 7 27
Tirs au but EKV 14 8 3 25


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