2016-17 National Men's Team

2016 Spengler Cup
Game #11
Champ
Final
December 31, 2016 6:00 am EST
Vaillant Arena
Davos, SUI

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
3
1
5
1
0
1
2

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
19
17
11
47
12
14
16
42

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 4
16
1 / 6
12

Game Story

CANADA TOPS LUGANO TO WIN SPENGLER CUP

JASON LA ROSE

DAVOS, Switzerland – A shorthanded goal by Cory Emmerton (St. Thomas, Ont./HC Ambri-Piotta, NLA) stood up as the game-winner as Canada’s National Men’s Team knocked off HC Lugano 5-2 on Saturday to defend its championship at the Spengler Cup.

It’s the 14th title for the Canadians (1984, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012, 2015, 2016), one behind host HC Davos for the most in the tournament’s 90-year history.

Chay Genoway (Morden, Man,/Jokerit Helsinki, KHL), Marc-Antoine Pouliot (Quebec City, Que./EHC Biel-Bienne, NLA), Andrew Ebbett (Vernon, B.C./SC Bern, NLA) and Nick Spaling (Drayton, Ont./Genève-Servette HC, NLA) had the other goals for Canada, which won four times in five days after a tournament-opening loss to HC Dinamo Minsk on Boxing Day.

The Canadians certainly didn’t get the start they wanted; Dario Bürgler beat goaltender Zach Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Brampton, ECHL) with a slap shot off the right wing 31 seconds in, giving Lugano a very early 1-0 lead.

But Genoway got that back for Canada just past the six-minute mark, shovelling the rebound of a Spaling shot past Lugano netminder Elvis Merzlikins to tie the game.

The second period belonged to the Canadians, with three unanswered goals in the frame.

Pouliot put Canada ahead for good just 59 seconds into the period, parking himself at the side of the Lugano net and redirecting in a pinpoint feed from Jacob Micflikier (Winnipeg, Man./EHC Biel-Bienne, NLA).

Emmerton made it a two-goal game two minutes later, going end-to-end with the Canadians killing a penalty, splitting the defencemen and going five-hole on Merzilkins, and Ebbett scored late off a centering pass from Mason Raymond (Cochrane, Alta./Hockey Canada) to make it 4-1 after 40 minutes.

Merzlikins didn’t return to the Lugano net for the third period, replaced by Stefan Muller after allowing four goals on 36 shots through two periods.

Bürgler added his second of the game early in the third period to get Lugano back within two, but the Swiss side couldn’t get another puck past Fucale, who won all four of his starts.

Spaling finished his three-point performance with an empty-net goal in the dying seconds to cap the scoring.

Prior to the game, Ebbett – who finished as the tournament’s leading scorer with eight points (four goals, four assists) – and Canadian captain Maxim Noreau (Montreal, Que./SC Bern, NLA) were named to the Spengler Cup all-star team.



Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Dario Bürgler

Assists: Patrik Zackrisson
00:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Maxime Lapierre
Interference (2:00)
01:00
GOAL
Goal: Chay Genoway

Assists: Nick Spaling, Cory Emmerton
06:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Chay Genoway
Slashing (2:00)
08:52
PENALTY
Penalty: James Wisniewski
Hooking (2:00)
17:48
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Marc-Antoine Pouliot

Assists: Jacob Micflikier, Chris DiDomenico
00:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Chay Genoway
Goaltender Interference (2:00)
02:38
GOAL
Goal: Cory Emmerton

Assists: Nick Spaling, Blake Parlett
02:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Gregory Hofmann
Hooking (2:00)
03:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Marc-Antoine Pouliot
Tripping (2:00)
08:41
PENALTY
Penalty: Chris DiDomenico
Slashing (2:00)
13:11
GOAL
Goal: Andrew Ebbett

Assists: Mason Raymond
17:17
PENALTY
Penalty: Tony Martensson
Tripping (2:00)
19:47
3rd Period
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Stefan Muller

00:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Mark Flood
Tripping (2:00)
03:45
GOAL
Goal: Dario Bürgler (power play)

Assists: James Wisniewski
04:08
PENALTY
Penalty: Shaun Heshka
Holding (2:00)
09:01
PENALTY
Penalty: Colby Genoway
Roughing (2:00)
16:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Raffaelle Sannitz
Roughing (2:00)
16:03
PENALTY
Penalty: Chris DiDomenico
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
19:43
PENALTY
Penalty: James Wisniewski
High-Sticking (2:00)
19:43
GOAL
Goal: Nick Spaling

Assists: Andrew Ebbett
19:43

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Zach Fucale CAN 60 42 40 2 0.952
Elvis Merzlikins LUG 40 36 32 4 0.889
Stefan Muller LUG 18 10 10 0 1.000

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - PTS 3
GA 4 - SV - 32 - SAV% - 0.889
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - PTS 2
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - PTS 2
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - PTS 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - PTS 1

Previous Games

5 - 2 W @ HC LuganoLUG
Dec 31, 2016
2 - 5 L v CanadaCAN
Dec 31, 2016
3 - 2 W @ HC Dinamo MinskMIN
Dec 30, 2016
4 - 0 W v HC DavosDAV
Dec 30, 2016
5 - 1 W @ Mountfield HKMOU
Dec 29, 2016
4 - 3 W v Mountfield HKMOU
Dec 28, 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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