2018-19 National Men's Team

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2018 Spengler Cup
Game #2
Preliminary
Final
December 26, 2018 2:15 pm EST
Vaillant Arena
Davos, SUI

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
17
9
10
36
6
13
6
25

Statistics

PP
PIM
0 / 6
8
0 / 4
14

Game Story

CANADA EDGES HOSTS TO OPEN SPENGLER CUP

JASON LA ROSE

DAVOS, Switzerland – Zach Boychuk (Airdrie, Alta./SC Bern, NLA) and Matt D’Agostini (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont./HC Ambri-Piotta, NLA) scored the goals, sending Canada’s National Men’s Team to a 2-1 win over HC Davos in the opening game for both Wednesday at the 2018 Spengler Cup.

The win means the Canadians will enjoy an off day Thursday before closing out the brief preliminary round against the Nürnburg Ice Tigers on Friday (2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, TSN 2/5).

The three-time defending champions came out firing in the first period, outshooting Davos 17-6, but could only get one past goaltender Anders Lindbäck; Boychuk had a centring pass from Simon Després (Laval, Que./Laval, AHL) go off his skate and in just 5:24 in.

D’Agostini doubled the advantage 3:43 into the second period, working his way to the side of the net before sneaking a shot underneath the arm of Lindbäck to make it 2-0.

Zac Dalpe (Paris, Ont./Cleveland, AHL) had a glorious chance to extend the lead even more just minutes later when he was awarded a penalty shot, but Lindbäck got a piece of his heavy wrist shot to keep it a two-goal game.

The Swiss side finally solved Zach Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Fort Wayne, AHL) near the end of the middle frame when Thierry Bader counted unassisted, but that would be the lone puck to beat the Canadian netminder.

Canada withstood a Davos push in the third period, with Fucale kicking out his right pad to deny the final scoring chance in the dying seconds and clinch Canada’s record-setting ninth-consecutive victory; it won eight in a row between the 2002 and 2003 tournaments.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Dario Meyer
Tripping (2:00)
02:02
GOAL
Goal: Zach Boychuk

Assists: Simon Després, Zac Dalpe
05:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Félicien du Bois
Holding (2:00)
12:34
PENALTY
Penalty: Marc Aeschlimann
Interference (2:00)
16:16
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Matt D’Agostini

Assists: Andrew Ebbett
03:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Thierry Bader
Slashing (2:00)
05:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Kyle Quincey
Hooking (2:00)
05:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Chris DiDomenico
Hooking (2:00)
06:41
PENALTY
Penalty: Aaron Gagnon
Holding (2:00)
09:52
PENALTY
Penalty: Perttu Lindgren
Holding (2:00)
14:10
GOAL
Goal: Thierry Bader

18:06
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Maxim Lapierre
Delay of Game (2:00)
01:47
PENALTY
Penalty: Marc Wieser
High-Sticking (2:00)
11:48
PENALTY
Penalty: Linus Klasen
High-Sticking (2:00)
16:58
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Anders Lindbäck

19:17

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Zach Fucale CAN 60 25 24 1 0.960
Anders Lindbäck DAV 59 36 34 2 0.944

Game Leaders

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

1 - 2 L @ KalPa KuopioKUO
Dec 31, 2018
1 - 2 L @ KalPa KuopioKUO
Dec 30, 2018
4 - 2 W v Nürnberg Ice TigersNUR
Dec 30, 2018
3 - 1 W @ HC Ocelari TrinecTRI
Dec 29, 2018
6 - 2 W v Nürnberg Ice TigersNUR
Dec 28, 2018
3 - 2 W @ Nürnberg Ice TigersNUR
Dec 27, 2018
Videos
Photos
2019 MWC: FIN 3 – CAN 1 (Gold Medal)
Theodore scored, but Canada was left with silver in Bratislava.
2019 MWC: CAN 5 – CZE 1 (Semifinal)
Matt Murray stopped 40 shots to lead Canada to the gold medal game.
2019 MWC: CAN 3 – SUI 2 OT (Quarter-final)
Severson tied it late and Stone scored in OT to give Canada the win.
2019 MWC: CAN 3 – USA 0 (Preliminary)
Murray stopped 28 shots to backstop Canada to top spot in Group A.