2019-20 National Men's Team

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2019 Spengler Cup
Game #11
Championship
Final
December 31, 2019 6:10 am EST
Vaillant Arena
Davos, SUI

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
3
1
4

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
12
15
10
37
7
5
14
26

Statistics

PP
PIM
3 / 5
4
0 / 2
10

Game Story

CANADA BLANKS TRINEC, WINS SPENGLER CUP FOR 16TH TIME

JASON LA ROSE

DAVOS, Switzerland – Zach Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Orlando, ECHL) made 26 saves for his second-straight shutout and Dustin Jeffrey (Sarnia, Ont./Lausanne HC, NLA) scored twice, leading Canada’s National Men’s Team to a 4-0 win over HC Ocelari Trinec in the championship game Tuesday at the 2019 Spengler Cup.

It is the fourth title in five years and 16th overall for the Canadians, which breaks a tie with host HC Davos for the most in tournament history.

Canada simply dominated from start to finish; it outscored its opponents 19-2 in four games, setting an all-time mark for fewest goals allowed in a single tournament.

Fucale was a big reason why. The goaltender gave up just a single goal in three starts, ended the tournament with a 151:29 shutout streak and finished with tournament-leading marks in goals-against average (0.33) and save percentage (.986). He is a remarkable 10-0-1 in three appearances at the Spengler Cup.

After a scoreless first period, the Canadians rode their special teams to a big lead in the second.

Jeffrey finally broke through nine minutes into the middle frame on the power play, finishing a tic-tac-toe passing play with a back-door tap-in off a set-up from Adam Tambellini (Edmonton, Alta./MODO Hockey, Allsvenskan).

Trinec continued its march the penalty box and Canada continued to take advantage, scoring a pair of five-on-three goals just 89 seconds apart.

Ian Mitchell (Calahoo, Alta./University of Denver, NCHC) made it 2-0 at 11:40, whipping a wrist shot past the glove of goaltender Jakub Stepanek, and Kris Versteeg (Lethbridge, Alta./HK Nitra, SVK) roofed a shot from the side of the net at 13:09 to put Canada in complete control.

In all, the Canadians scored three power-play goals in a span of 4:07 to take a big lead to the intermission.

Trinec pushed in the third period to get back into the game, but Fucale was there each and every time. He made more than half of his stops – 14 in total – in the final 20 minutes.

Jeffrey capped the scoring early in the final stanza, taking a long stretch pass from captain Maxim Noreau (Montreal, Que./ZSC Lions, NLA) and banging his own rebound past Stepanek. Prior to the game, Fucale, Noreau and Kevin Clark (Winnipeg, Man./SC Rapperswil-Jona, NLA) – who led the tournament in goals (six) and points (eight) – were named to the tournament all-star team.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Paul Postma
Hooking (2:00)
17:51
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: (Served by Rostislav Martynek )
Too Many Players (2:00)
03:57
PENALTY
Penalty: Jiri Polanský
Hooking (2:00)
08:17
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Dustin Jeffrey

Assists: Adam Tambellini, Kris Versteeg
09:02
PENALTY
Penalty: Michal Kovarcík
Cross-Checking (2:00)
09:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Tomás Marcinko
Holding (2:00)
11:22
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Ian Mitchell

Assists: Maxim Noreau, Kevin Clark
11:40
PENALTY
Penalty: Filip Haman
Hooking (2:00)
12:26
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Kris Versteeg

Assists: Maxim Noreau, Dustin Jeffrey
13:09
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Mathew Maione
Interference (2:00)
02:24
GOAL
Goal: Dustin Jeffrey

Assists: Maxim Noreau
04:55

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Zach Fucale CAN 60 26 26 0 1.000
Jakub Stepánek TRI 60 37 33 4 0.892

Game Leaders

GA 0 - SV - 26 - SAV% - 1.000
GA 4 - SV - 33 - SAV% - 0.892
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 0 - Assists 3 - Points 3
G 0 - A 3 - P 3

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.