Game Summary
Canada 4 - Sparta Prague 3 (OT)
 

DUPONT'S OVERTIME GOAL LIFTS CANADA TO 4-3 SPENGLER CUP WIN OVER SPARTA PRAGUE

DAVOS, Switzerland – Canada has a return engagement with HC Davos at the Spengler Cup.

Defenceman Micki Dupont's power-play goal in overtime earned Canada a 4-3 quarter-final victory overSpartaPrague on Wednesday. The victory moves the team into a semifinal showdown with the host Davos squad,whichedged the Canadians 3-2 on Tuesday.

“(Tuesday's) game was a good game, we didn't play bad but there were some things we weren't happywith,”Dupont said. “We had too many turnovers, maybe a couple of mistakes that ended up in our net so wearelooking forward to it. “Obviously they're a good skating team but hopefully we'll be a little hungrierhavinglost the first matchup with them.”

The quarter-final game appeared to be a good matchup for Canada in that Sparta Prague came in with an0-2record. But Dupont said facing Davos on Tuesday took a lot out of the Canadians. “It was tougher thanwethought it would be,” he said. “(Tuesday) against Davos was a very hard game so it took a lot of energyoutof us so we were maybe a little bit tired today but we found a way.” Thanks to a dramatic ending.

Dupont scored the winning goal 3:20 into overtime after Sparta Prague had been called for too many menonthe ice, giving Canada a 4-on-3 advantage. The Canadians were working the puck around when a Pragueplayergot his stick on a Yanick Lehoux centring pass, sending it back to Dupont, who saw a lane and blasted ashoton goal.

“I just kind of stepped into it and it went through a few bodies and went in,” Dupont said. “We hadsomeonein front and I just wanted to get a good, hard shot on net and I don't think the goalie even saw it.”Canadasurged into a 3-1 lead in the second before Sparta Prague rallied to tie it on goals by Emanuel PeterandDavid Vyborny. Peter also scored earlier in the period.Neither side could score in the third. J.P.Vigier,Domenic Pittis and Brendan Bell had the other goals for Canada.

Dupont and his teammates now face the difficult prospect of not only playing a team for the second timeinthree days, but playing their fourth game in as many nights. But Dupont said facing Davos before apartisanhometown crowd will provide an adrenaline boost for the Canadians.

“Adrenaline kind of takes over and I'm sure against the hosts there'll be a lot of adrenaline going,”hesaid. “It's tough, you have to just make sure you eat well and drink a lot of water and try to get yoursleepand hopefully you're ready to go.”

And Dupont said a key for Canada against Davos will be to take care of the puck. “Controlling thepuck,limiting our turnovers instead of trying to make plays that aren't there,” he said. “We just have tochip itin, keep the puck down in their zone, try to get the cycle going, protect the puck and wear downtheirdefence by making them play in their own zone.”

Russia's SKA St. Petersburg will face Swiss club Geneve-Servette in the other semi with the final setforFriday. Canada has played in eight of the last 10 championship games at the Spengler Cup, winning theeventin 2002, 2003 and 2007.

 

Game Information
Game Number 8 Round Quarter-Final
Arena Vaillant Arena City, Country Davos, SUI
Month / Day / Year 12/29/2010 Time 02:15 PM ET
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3     OT1   Total
Canada (CAN) 1 2 0 1 4
Sparta Prague (SP) 0 3 0 0 3

Goals/Penalties
First Period
Goals:
   10:09 CAN 24 J.P. Vigier (50 Glen Metropolit, 21 Cory Murphy)

Penalties:
   12:03 CAN 16 Duvie Westcott (Tripping)
   13:52 SP 10 Radek Smoleňák (High Sticking)
   16:12 SP 24 Michal Gulaši (Boarding)
   19:43 SP 82 Petr Macholda (Interference)

Second Period
Goals:
   01:12 CAN 9 Domenic Pittis (21 Cory Murphy, 25 Micki Dupont) PP
   07:41 SP 25 Emanuel Peter (10 Radek Smoleňák, 91 Tomáš Kůrka)
   11:24 CAN 36 Brendan Bell (50 Glen Metropolit, 15 Brett McLean)
   12:59 SP 25 Emanuel Peter (10 Radek Smoleňák, 82 Petr Macholda)
   16:17 SP 9 David Výborný (38 Jan Hanzlík, 82 Petr Macholda) PP

Penalties:
   01:30 SP 82 Petr Macholda (Interference)
   08:57 CAN 15 Brett McLean (Slashing)
   15:53 CAN 25 Micki Dupont ()

Third Period
Goals:
   None

Penalties:
   09:27 SP 38 Jan Hanzlík (Holding)

Overtime
Goals:
   03:20 CAN 25 Micki Dupont (21 Cory Murphy) PP

Penalties:
   02:55 SP   (Too Many Men)


Goaltenders
Canada
38 Jeff Deslauriers On 1/00:00 Off 4/03:20
Sparta Prague
42 Tomáš Pöpperle On 1/00:00 Off 4/03:20

Shots on Goal   1     2     3     OT1   Total
Canada 0 0 0 0 0
Sparta Prague 0 0 0 0 0

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