2019-20 National Men's Team

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2019 Spengler Cup
Game #2
Preliminary
Final
December 26, 2019 2:15 pm EST
Vaillant Arena
Davos, SUI

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
2
1
4

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
12
17
8
37
6
6
16
28

Statistics

PP
PIM
2 / 6
4
0 / 2
12

Game Story

CANADA DOWNS TRINEC IN SPENGLER CUP OPENER

JASON LA ROSE

DAVOS, Switzerland – Kevin Clark (Winnipeg, Man./SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers, NLA) scored a hat trick and Kris Versteeg (Lethbridge, Alta./HK Nitra, SVK) added a goal, sending Canada’s National Men’s Team to a 4-1 win over HC Ocelari Trinec as the puck dropped Thursday at the 2019 Spengler Cup.

It’s the third year in a row – and the 10th time in 13 years – that Canada has opened with a victory.

Zach Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Orlando, ECHL) made 27 saves and Adam Tambellini (Edmonton, Alta./MODO Hockey, Allsvenskan) recorded two assists to join Clark as the only multi-point producers.

Versteeg got the Canadian offence going less than six minutes in, ripping a one-timer from the top of the circle past Trinec goaltender Petr Kvaca for a power-play goal.

Clark doubled the advantage early in the second period when he got his stick on a point shot from Canadian captain Maxim Noreau (Montreal, Que./ZSC Lions, NLA) at 2:06, and he and Ian Mitchell (Calahoo, Alta./University of Denver, NCHC) worked a give-and-go to perfection five minutes later for a 3-0 lead.

Aron Chmielewski got one back for Trinec when he redirected a shot past Fucale near the midway mark of the middle frame, but that would be the lone marker for the Czech side.

Trinec peppered Fucale with 16 shots in the third period as it tried to chip away at the Canadian lead, but the puck-stopper was up to the task, turning aside everything sent his way.

Clark capped his hat trick with 1:01 to go, scoring unassisted into an empty net.

The win means the Canadians will enjoy an off-day Friday before they face off against host HC Davos on Saturday (2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT) in the preliminary-round finale.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Michal Kovarcík
Interference (2:00)
04:18
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Kris Versteeg

Assists: Dustin Jeffrey, Adam Tambellini
05:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Chris DiDomenico
Slashing (2:00)
08:32
PENALTY
Penalty: Tomás Marcinko
Holding (2:00)
17:04
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Tomás Marcinko
Hooking (2:00)
00:15
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Kevin Clark

Assists: Maxim Noreau, Adam Tambellini
02:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Rostislav Martynek
High-Sticking (2:00)
03:08
GOAL
Goal: Kevin Clark

Assists: Ian Mitchell
06:59
GOAL
Goal: Aron Chmielewski

Assists: David Musil , Martin Adamský
08:32
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Aron Chmielewski )
Too Many Players (2:00)
11:25
PENALTY
Penalty: Michal Kovarcík
Hooking (2:00)
16:14
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Scottie Upshall
Goaltender Interference (2:00)
10:48
GOAL (EMPTY NET)
Goal: Kevin Clark

18:59
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Petr Kváca

18:59

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Zach Fucale CAN 60 28 27 1 0.964
Petr Kváca TRI 59 36 33 3 0.917

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

4 - 0 W @ HC Ocelari TrinecTRI
Dec 31, 2019
0 - 4 L v CanadaCAN
Dec 31, 2019
6 - 0 W v TPS TurkuTUR
Dec 30, 2019
3 - 2 W @ HC Ambri-PiottaAMB
Dec 30, 2019
5 - 1 W @ HC DavosDAV
Dec 28, 2019
3 - 2 W v Salavat Yulaev UfaSAL
Dec 29, 2019
Videos
Photos
2019-20 NMT: CAN 4 – TRI 0 (Championship)
Fucale made 26 saves to backstop Canada to its 16th Spengler title.
2019-20 NMT: CAN 6 – TPS 0 (Semifinal)
Clark scored two more goals to send Canada to another Spengler final.
2019-20 NMT: CAN 5 – HCD 1 (Preliminary)
Thirteen players had points to help Canada beat the Spengler hosts.
2019-20 NMT: CAN 4 – TRI 1 (Preliminary)
Clark scored a hat trick to help Canada win its Spengler Cup opener.