2016-17 National Men's Team

2016 Spengler Cup
Game #9
SF
Final
December 30, 2016 9:00 am EST
Vaillant Arena
Davos, SUI

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
2
0
1
3
0
1
1
2

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
21
6
10
37
5
11
7
23

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 8
22
2 / 6
26

Game Story

THREE POINTS FROM POULIOT SEND CANADA TO SPENGLER FINAL

JASON LA ROSE

DAVOS, Switzerland – Marc-Antoine Pouliot (Quebec City, Que./EHC Biel-Bienne, NLA) scored a goal and set up two others, leading Canada’s National Men’s Team back to the championship game at the Spengler Cup with a 3-2 semifinal win over HC Dinamo Minsk on Friday.

Canada will defend its 2015 title against the winner of the HC Davos-HC Lugano semifinal in the final on Saturday (6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT, TSN1/4).

It will be the 21st championship game appearance for the Canadians, who are in search of their 14th title.

Chris DiDomenico (Woodbridge, Ont./SCL Tigers, NLA) and Chay Genoway (Morden, Man./Jokerit Helsinki, KHL) had the other goals for Canada, which avenged a 7-4 loss to Minsk in the tournament opener for both on Monday.

The Canadians dominated the first period, outshooting Minsk 21-5, thanks in large part to five power-play opportunities in the opening 20 minutes.

Pouliot got the scoring started with his first goal of the tournament at 7:07, taking a no-look, behind-the-back pass from Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Man./EHC Biel-Bienne, NLA) and roofing a shot over the shoulder of Minsk goaltender Ben Scrivens.

DiDomenico doubled the lead on the power play seven minutes later; he gathered in the rebound of a Maxim Noreau (Montreal, Que./SC Bern, NLA) shot and tried to feed the puck back in front of the net, only for it to hit a Minsk defender and elude Scrivens.

The KHL side enjoyed a long five-on-three to start the second period, and got one goal back when Andrei Stepanov used a Canadian as a screen before rifling a wrist shot over the blocker of netminder Zach Fucale (Rosemère, Que,/Brampton, ECHL), who finished with 21 saves.

Both teams traded chances through the second period and early in the third, before the Canadians finally added a little bit of insurance midway through the final frame.

Pouliot kept the puck on a two-on-one before a loose puck squirted to Genoway, who hammered a slap shot through two Minsk skaters and Scrivens for the 3-1 goal at 12:29.

That would end up as the game-winner after Matt Ellison – who won the Spengler Cup with Canada last year – converted on a five-on-three for Minsk to make it a one-goal game again with 4:44 remaining.

The Belarus-based team swarmed the Canadian net with Scrivens on the bench for an extra attacker in the dying minutes, and Rob Klinkhammer hit the post behind Fucale with less than 10 seconds left, but Canada held on to advance.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Kristian Khenkel
Interference (2:00)
02:03
GOAL
Goal: Marc-Antoine Pouliot

Assists: Jacob Micflikier
07:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Roman Graborenko
Hit to the Head (2:00)
11:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Roman Graborenko
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
11:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Dmitry Korobov
Boarding (2:00)
12:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Ben Scrivens
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
12:43
GOAL
Goal: Chris DiDomenico (power play)

Assists: Maxim Noreau, Marc-Antoine Pouliot
14:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Evgeny Lisovets
Holding (2:00)
16:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Mark Flood
Slashing (2:00)
19:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Cory Emmerton
Tripping (2:00)
19:50
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Andrei Stepanov (power play)

Assists: Fredrik Pettersson
01:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Alexander Materukhin
Interference (2:00)
04:58
PENALTY
Penalty: James Sheppard
Slashing (2:00)
12:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Ben Scrivens
Delay of Game (2:00)
18:06
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Marc-Antoine Pouliot
Hooking (2:00)
04:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Roman Graborenko
Hooking (2:00)
08:37
GOAL
Goal: Chay Genoway

Assists: Marc-Antoine Pouliot
12:29
PENALTY
Penalty: Francis Paré
Tripping (2:00)
13:29
PENALTY
Penalty: Shaun Heshka
Hit to the Head (2:00)
14:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Shaun Heshka
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
14:27
GOAL
Goal: Matt Ellison (power play)

Assists: Dmitry Korobov, Evgeny Kovyrshin
15:16

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Zach Fucale CAN 60 23 21 2 0.913
Ben Scrivens MIN 58 37 34 3 0.919

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - PTS 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - PTS 1

Previous Games

5 - 2 W @ HC LuganoLUG
Dec 31, 2016
2 - 3 L v CanadaCAN
Dec 30, 2016
3 - 2 W @ HC Dinamo MinskMIN
Dec 30, 2016
5 - 4 W v HC DavosDAV
Dec 28, 2016
5 - 1 W @ Mountfield HKMOU
Dec 29, 2016
7 - 4 W v CanadaCAN
Dec 26, 2016
Videos
Photos
2016-17 NMT: CAN 5 – HCL 2 (Championship)
Three second-period goals helped Canada to its 14th Spengler Cup.
2016-17 NMT: CAN 3 – MIN 2 (Semifinal)
Marc-Antoine Pouliot had three points, and Canada advanced to the Spengler Cup championship game.
2016-17 NMT: CAN 5 – MHK 1 (Quarter-Final)
Raymond, Gormley and Ebbett had 1G 2A each, and Canada advanced.
2016-17 NMT - CAN 4 – HCD 3 (Preliminary)
Ebbett scored the winner, and Canada edged the Spengler Cup hosts.
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