2019-20 National Men's Team

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2019 Spengler Cup
Game #9
Semifinal
Final
December 30, 2019 9:10 am EST
Vaillant Arena
Davos, SUI

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
0
0
0
2
1
3
6

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
6
9
4
19
9
15
7
31

Statistics

PP
PIM
0 / 5
22
2 / 6
10

Game Story

CANADA BLANKS TURKU, BOOKS SPOT IN SPENGLER FINAL

JASON LA ROSE

DAVOS, Switzerland – Kevin Clark (Winnipeg, Man./SC Rapperswil-Jona, NLA) scored two more goals and added an assist, Zach Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Orlando, ECHL) posted a 19-save shutout and Canada’s National Men’s Team moved into the championship game at the Spengler Cup for the fifth year in a row with a 6-0 semifinal win over TPS Turku on Monday.

One win away from their 16th tournament title, the Canadians will face either HC Ocelari Trinec or HC Ambri-Piotta in the final on Tuesday (6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT).

Paul Postma (Red Deer, Alta./HC Lugano, NLA), Chris DiDomenico (Woodbridge, Ont./SCL Tigers, NLA) and Éric Faille (Lachine, Que./EHC Kloten, NLB) chipped in a goal and an assist apiece for the Canadians, who took the lead within the first five minutes and never looked back.

Clark continued his goal-scoring spree early, gathering in a Dustin Jeffrey (Sarnia, Ont./Lausanne HC, NLA) rebound at the side of the net and beating Turku goaltender Rasmus Tirronen for a power-play goal at 4:40.

Postma added a second Canadian goal before the end of the opening frame, blasting home a slap shot from the point.

Canada carried the play in the second period, outshooting the Finnish side 15-9, and DiDomenico went top shelf on the short side for another power-play goal and a 3-0 lead at 13:33.

Fucale made the best of his 19 saves in the second, stretching back to deny Hannu Kuru after a turnover behind the Canadian net.

The floodgates opened in the third period; Faille was first at 2:53, tapping in a pretty feed from DiDomenico, who looked like he was going to circle the net before slipping a pass in front for Faille.

Kris Versteeg (Lethbridge, Alta./HK Nitra, SVK) made it 5-0 at 4:47 off a pass from Clark, and Clark redirected in a set-up from Jeffrey with 2:32 left to provide the final margin of victory for the Canadians.

Clark leads the tournament with six goals and seven points in three games, three points more than any other player.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Lauri Pajuniemi
Holding (2:00)
04:20
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Kevin Clark

Assists: Dustin Jeffrey, Maxim Noreau
04:40
PENALTY
Penalty: Oskari Lehtinen
Roughing (2:00)
07:40
PENALTY
Penalty: Andrew MacDonald
Roughing (2:00)
07:40
PENALTY
Penalty: Joe Piskula
Holding (2:00)
08:44
GOAL
Goal: Paul Postma

Assists: Justin Danforth, Éric Faille
15:35
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Scottie Upshall
Slashing (2:00)
06:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Adam Tambellini
Slashing (2:00)
09:48
PENALTY
Penalty: Aleksi Anttalainen
Boarding (2:00)
13:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Aleksi Anttalainen
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
13:09
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Chris DiDomenico

Assists: Ian Mitchell
13:33
PENALTY
Penalty: Simon Suoranta
Interference (2:00)
16:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Petteri Wirtanen
Holding the Stick (2:00)
18:18
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Eric Fehr
Delay of Game (2:00)
00:45
GOAL
Goal: Éric Faille

Assists: Chris DiDomenico
02:53
GOAL
Goal: Kris Versteeg

Assists: Kevin Clark
04:47
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Julius Pohjanoksa

07:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Blair Riley
Hooking (2:00)
10:26
GOAL
Goal: Kevin Clark

Assists: Dustin Jeffrey, Scottie Upshall
17:28

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Rasmus Tirronen TUR 47 29 24 5 0.828
Julius Pohjanoksa TUR 12 2 1 1 0.500
Zach Fucale CAN 60 19 19 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 5 - SV - 24 - SAV% - 0.828
GA 0 - SV - 19 - SAV% - 1.000
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2

Previous Games

0 - 6 L @ CanadaCAN
Dec 30, 2019
4 - 0 W @ HC Ocelari TrinecTRI
Dec 31, 2019
3 - 1 W @ HC DavosDAV
Dec 29, 2019
6 - 0 W v TPS TurkuTUR
Dec 30, 2019
0 - 3 L @ HC Ambri-PiottaAMB
Dec 28, 2019
5 - 1 W @ HC DavosDAV
Dec 28, 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.