Jarusek shoots Mountfield to victory
It was a successful Spengler Cup debut for HK Mountfield. The team from the Czech city of Hradec Kralove won in its first ever appearance in Davos 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon.
The celebrated match winner for Mountfield was Richard Jarusek. The 1.89 metre tall, 98 kilo forward scored the game-winning goal on the power play 245 seconds before the end of regulation. The 25-year-old had already tied the game at 1-1 on the man advantage. Dmitry Monya put Yekaterinburg ahead after 31 seconds – the fastest goal so far at the 90th edition of the Spengler Cup. Then Mountfield dominated the opening period – in part due to four minors against the Russians. However, only in the 24th minute did Roman Kukumberg give the Czechs a 2-1 lead. In this even game, Anatoly Golyshev (38.) and Michal Caykovsky (40.) temporarily turned the score in favour of Yekaterinburg shortly before the end of the middle period. Kukumberg (53.) tied it up at 3-3 with his second goal, igniting an exciting final stage of the game, in which Jarusek, the second Czech two-goal scorer, completed the final score.
The deciding game in Group Torriani between HC Lugano and Mountfield will take place on Wednesday afternoon. The winner will take the group and secure a direct semifinal berth.
Team Canada wins thanks to special teams
Team Canada won the Spengler Cup classic against HC Davos 4-3 on Tuesday night. The Canadians scored twice on the power play and once short-handed.
HCD and Team Canada offered the sell-out crowd of 6300 at Vaillant Arena – amongst them Guy Parmelin, the Swiss Minister of Sport – a fast-paced, exciting offensive display. Better efficiency on the finish and two – from Davos’ point of view – unlucky situations leading to goals made the difference. The Canadians took a 2-1 lead short-handed (!) after a failed line change by the home team. Cory Emmerton took advantage of the breakaway. The team from overseas then took the lead again when Jacob Micflickier netted the 3-2 on the power play, after HCD defensemen Forster received a minor for lifting the puck over the glass in his own defensive zone. The visitors also showed their efficiency on the power play when Andrew Ebbett left the keeper no chance on a redirected shot by Chay Genoway. Per Ledin, on loan from Lausanne, scored the 1-0 and 4-3 for Davos. HCD defenseman Daniel Rahimi had temporarily tied the game at 2-2 with a long-range shot.
Despite the 4-3 victory, the Canadians cannot win the group due to their lopsided 7-4 loss versus Dynamo Minsk the night before. HC Davos and Dynamo Minsk will face off with first place on the line on Wednesday night.