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    Spengler Cup Spengler Cup 2005

    The Spengler Cup organizers announced today that Russian league's Metallurg Magnitogorsk will be the fifth team in this year's tournament. The other teams will be HC Davos, Team Canada, Eisbären Berlin and Sparta Prague.

    The tournament will (as usual) take place 26-31 December.

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    Team Canada announced today that Dave Lewis former coach of the Red Wings now a scout for the Red Wings well be an assistant coach to Mark Habschide at the this years spengler cup

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    IIHF Spengler Cup

    Any one of our Swiss members clue us into this year's version of the Spengler Cup?

    I've really become attracted to this unique tournament, now being shown in Canada, with its carnival and festive atmosphere and best of all no one really cares who wins, just to have a great time.

    Can't wait.

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    Is there a website or anything? Would like to find out who the referees are.

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    Website of Spengler Cup

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    HC Davos annunced that players Barry Richter, Janne Niskala and Timo Pärssinen from EV Zug and Timmo Miettinen and Oscar Ackeström from SCL Tigers will reinforce team for Spengler Cup.

    Oscar Ackeström will remain with Davos also for European Champions Cup in St. Petersburg

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    Schedule

    Monday 26.12.05

    15:00 HC Sparta Praha - HC Davos
    20:15 Team Canada - HC Metallurg Magnitogorsk

    Tuesday 27.12.05

    15:00 HC Metallurg Magnitogorsk - EHC Eisbären Berlin
    20:15 HC Davos - Team Canada

    Wednesday 28.12.05

    15:00 HC Davos - HC Metallurg Magnitogorsk
    20:15 EHC Eisbären Berlin - HC Sparta Praha

    Thursday 29.12.05

    15:00 Team Canada - EHC Eisbären Berlin
    20:15 HC Metallurg Magnitogorsk - HC Sparta Praha

    Friday 30.12.05

    15:00 HC Sparta Praha - Team Canada
    20:15 EHC Eisbären Berlin - HC Davos

    Saturday 31.12.05

    12:00 Qualifying First - Qualifying Second

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    Story link: http://www.hockeyrefs.com/intheheadlines/12222005.htm

    Spengler Cup to begin next week

    DAVOS, Switzerland — Swiss referee-in-chief Reto Bertolotti has selected the three referees and five linesmen for the Spengler Cup.

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    Team Canada roster

    Goaltenders:

    29 Cey, Morgan, Johnstown (ECHL)
    40 Chiodo, Andy, Wheeling (ECHL)

    Defence:
    2 Kinch, Matt,Langnau (SUI)
    4 Skinner, Brett, Manitoba (AHL)
    5 Komarniski, Zenith, Omaha (AHL)
    7 Murphy, Cory, Fribourg (SUI)
    24 Lynch, Doug, Peoria (AHL)
    33 York, Jason, Lugano (SUI)
    37 White, Ian, Toronto (AHL)
    92 Bolibruck, Kevin,Herning (DEN)

    Forwards:
    9 Pittis, Dominic, Kloten (SUI)
    12 Holden, Josh, Fribourg (SUI)
    15 Gardner, Ryan, Lugano (SUI)
    16 Kariya, Martin, Stiernen (NOR)
    17 Domenichelli, Hnat, Ambri-Piotta (SUI)
    19 Roest, Stacy, Rapperswil (SUI)
    21 Sarault, Yves, Geneve (SUI)
    22 McTavish, Dale, Zurich (SUI)
    25 Toms, Jeff, Ambri-Piotta (SUI)
    50 Metropolit, Glen, Lugano (SUI)
    55 Reid, Brandon, Rapperswil (SUI)
    91 Trudel, Jean-Guy, Ambri-Piotta (SUI)

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    26 December 2005

    HC Sparta Praha – HC Davos 3:5 (0:2, 0:2, 3:1)
    0:1 (00:58) Landon Wilson (Marha,Guggisberg)
    0:2 (16:23) Josef Marha (Wilson,Hauer)
    0:3 (28:38) Josef Marha (Hauer,Guggisberg)
    0:4 (36:43) Brett Hauer (Reto von Arx, Guggisberg)PP
    1:4 (47:41) Josef Straka (Spanhel)
    2:4 (52:03) Martin Chabada (Netik)
    3:4 (55:03) Martin Chabada (Netik,Sivek)
    3:5 (57:00) Josef Marha (Wilson,Hahl)PP
    PIM:8x2 - 3x2 Att: 7.280 (sold out)

    Host team HC Davos started successfully the 79th Spengler Cup. In the opening game, it beat Sparta Prague 5:3. In the last period, Davos was close to lose a four-goal-leading. Josef Marha, Czech player of the host, scored a hattrick and lead his team to the victory.
    Resounding applause was given to Marha on his way back to the locker room after the game. The 29-year-old player explained that there was no connection between Sparta Prague and himself. Anyhow, he added: “Scoring a hattrick against a Czech team is just great.” Back home in the Czech Republic, Marha played three years for Dukla Jihlava before going to North America and joining a NHL-team. By now, he has been playing five seasons for Davos. “Well, there’s one link to Prague, my wife was born there”, Marha added smiling.
    Earlier, the Czech was in no laughing mood. He scored twice and assisted to another goal and his team lead by four goals after two periods. In the last period, Sparta, which is only twelfth in the Czech league, came back into the game after scoring three goals by Straka and Chabada (2) within only seven minutes. Marha’s third goal three minutes before the end of the game secured the victory.
    Both teams celebrated spectacular ice hockey already in the tournament’s first game. High speed and not many tactical inputs by the coaches lead to an exciting game with many scoring chances on both sides. Both goaltenders, 41-year-old Petr Briza as well as Davos-keeper Jonas Hiller, took center stage and stopped the forwards with many big saves. But in the end, Davos played more controlled and the victory in the revenge of last year’s final was well-deserved. Especially the quartet Hauer, Wilson, Marha and Guggisberg was unstoppable for Sparta. These four players collected 13 scoring points and were responsible for Davos’ successful start into the 79th Spengler Cup.

    Team Canada - Metallurg Magnitogorsk 1:2 SO (0:0, 1:1, 0:0, 0:0, 0:1)
    1:0 (23:39) Domenico Pittis (Lynch,Skinner)
    1:1 (29:31) Eduard Kudermetov (Pestunov,Gusmanov)
    1:2 SO : Alexei Kaygorodov
    PIM: 9x2 - 10x2 Att:7.280 (sold out)
    Best players: Domenic Pittis / Stanislav Tchistov

    In an exciting game, Metallurg Magnitogorsk overpowered Team Canada after penalty shootout. Travis Scott, the Canadian goaltender of the Russians, was the matchwinner for his team and solely responsible for the victory. First, he kept his team in the game by many miraculous saves and then he saved not less than five penalties.
    For one man, it was quite a special game: Dave King coached Team Canada in the past and won several titles. Now, he is the first North American head coach in the Russian Hockey League. Even if he communicates only in English, which is translated into Russian by an interpreter, King’s influence on the Russian game was highly visible. Metallurg played as physical as the Canadians which sometimes turned into a quite nasty game. Not less than 19 two-minute-penalty was given by Swiss Referee Dany Kurmann.
    Due to the fact that so many penalties were given, the game was not as fast as the game in the afternoon between Davos and Prague. The superior leader of the Russian Hockey League could not show its skating and technical skills. Eduard Kudermetov’s individual rush in the 30th minute was worth seeing anyway. He tied the game after Team Canada had taken the lead only six minutes before.
    In the last period, Travis Scott took center stage. He set against the Canadian superiority and exasperated the “Maple Leafs”. In one-minute-headway he stopped all 18 shots on his goal. The Canadian wall in the Russian goal was insuperable, outstanding and the reason why the Russians won their first game.

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    27 December 2005

    Metallurg Mg - Eisbären Berlin 4-3 SO (2-2, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0)
    0-1 (9:55) Florian Busch (Mark Beaufait) PP1, 1-1 (15:08) Vitaly Atuyshov (Eduard Kudermetov, Alexander Savtschenkov), 2-1 (17:32) Ilya Vorobiev (Yevgeni Varlamov), 2-2 (18:31) Micky Du Pont (Kelly Fairchild, Steve Walker) PP1, 3-2 (30:41) Dmitri Pestunov (Ravil Gusmanov), 3-3 (47:32) Steve Walker (Mark Beaufait, Kelly Fairchild), 4-3 (65:00) Alexei Kaigorodov. SO: MG: Chistov (misses), Kaigorodov (1:0), Gladskikh (misses), Kudermetov (misses), Nurtdinov (misses). Berlin: Ustorf, Felski, Quint, Pederson and Walser all miss.
    Met Mg 7x2 + 1x10, Berlin 4x2, Att: 6,971.


    Met. Mg Konstantin Simtschuk, Anders Eriksson, Dimitri Yushkevich, Ruslan Nurtdinov, Igor Korolev, Denis Platonov, Vitali Atyushov, Yevgeni VarlamoV, Stanislav Chistov, Yevgeni Gladskikh, Alexei Kaigorodov, Alexander Seluyanov, Vladimir Malenkich, Dimitri Pestunov, Eduard Kudermetov, Ravil Gusmanow, Roman Kuchtinov, Alexander Boikov, Alexei Tertyschny, Alexander Savtschenkov, Ilja Vororbiev, Travos Scott.
    Berlin: Thomas Pöpperle, Aris Brimanis, Micki Du Pont, Patrick Jarrett, Stefan Ustorf, Christoph Gawlik, Frank Hördler, Derrick Walser, Denis Pederson, Florian Busch, Steve Walker, Deron Quint, Derek Berehowsky, Richard Mueller, Mark Beaufait, Kelly Fairchild, Tobias Draxinger, Olivier Keller, Sven Felski, Brad Moran, Sebastien Reuille, Youri Ziffzer


    Metallurg Magnitogorsk seems to be specialized in penalty shootouts. After having beaten the Canadians in penalty shootout yesterday, the Russians won against Eisbären Berlin in a similar manner. After 60 minutes plus five minutes extra-time, the result was 3:3.
    Having won four points in two games, Metallurg is on its way to the final. “It looks like we have a stroke of luck”, Magnitogorsk forward Ilja Vorobiev said after the game against the Germans. But the 30-year-old made another statement: “We have many talented forwards and very good goalkeepers. That’s half the battle.” Like yesterday as Canadian goaltender Travis Scott was outstanding, backup Konstantin Simchuk filled his shoes and was barely to overcome. Even better, no German shooter scored against him in penalty shootout. So, like yesterday against Team Canada, it was again up to Alexej Kaygorodov who brought about the decision after scoring against Tomas Pöpperle.
    Metallurg played much better than yesterday even if it seemed it was whacked at the end of the game. Still, the Russians made many mistakes in defence, but they made the best of a bad job. The technical well-skilled forwards played much more dominant. Especially Kaygorodov and Stanislav Chistov put the German defence to the test. Up to the 48th minute, the Russian leader seemed to have everything under control. But then, experienced defenseman Dimitry Yushkevich made a howler. This gave the chance to Steve Walker to flatten the score. This was well-deserved as the “Polar Bears” had already hit the goal post three times. Even though the Germans did not win the game they were a much stronger opponent than expected.
    Especially Vorobiev felt happy about these two points. He played in Germany (Frankfurt, Krefeld and Mannheim) for ten years. Having scored the second goal made the victory even more special, the forward added. If Metallurg wins against host team Davos tomorrow, they are qualified for Saturday’s final. But that is too far away for the Russian. “Now, recovery is the most important thing. The time difference between Magnitogorsk and Switzerland is three hours, which means we played against the Canadians until three o’clock in the morning.”



    The Russian celebrate after the shootout victory. Source: Blick.ch

    HC Davos - Team Canada 2-4 (0-0, 0-3, 2-1)
    0-1 (22:08) Ryan Gardner (Stacy Roest), 0-2 (33:07) Jean-Guy Trudel (Jeff Toms, Hnat Dominichelli) PP1, 0-3 (34:21) Domenic Pittis (Stacy Roest, Jason York) PP1, 0-4 (48:57) Jean-Guy Trudel (Hnat Domenichelli, Jeff Toms), 1-4 (55:04) Tommi Miettinen (Fabian Sutter) PP1, 2-4 (57:56) Peter Guggisberg (Josef Marha).
    Davos 7x2, Canada 6x2, Att: 7,280 (F)
    Best players: Peter Guggisberg / Jean-Guy Trudel


    Davos:Jonas Hiller, Marc Gianola, Jan Von Arx, Riku Hahl, Michel Riesen, Reto Von Arx, Carlo Item, Oskar Ackeström, Brett Hauer, Josef Marha, Loic Burkhalter, Peter Guggisberg, Michael Kress, Arne Ramholt, Shane Willis, Sandro Rizzi, Fabian Sutter, Janne Niskala, Barry Richter, Andres Ambühl, Timo Pärssinen, Tommi Miettinen.
    Canada Andy Chiodo, Matt Kinch, Jason York, Hnat Domenichelli, Glen Metropolit, Jean-Guy Trudel, Cey Morgan, Zenith Komarniski, Cory Murphy, Martin Kariya, Dale McTavish, Jeff Toms, Ian White, Kevin Bolibruck, Domenic Pittis, Ryan Gardner, Stacy Roest, Brett Skinner, Doug Lynch, Josh Holden, Yves Sarault, Brandon Reid.


    Team Canada underlined impressively its ambitions of winning the Spengler Cup 2005. The Canadians clearly won versus host team HC Davos in spite of their final spurt with 4:2. In the second period, they overran their opponent with three goals in a span of twelve minutes.
    Yesterday, Davos had its break-in in the last period as Sparta Prague almost came back into the game after a four-goal-handicap. Today, the cupholder already got three goals in the second period. Jean-Guy Trudel (33.) and Domenic Pittis (35.) punished two penalties against the host team. Ryan Gardner opened the score in the 23th minute. He made quickly use of a rebound. In its first game, Team Canada had big problems in taking chances. Today, they displayed much more coolness in front of the opponent’s goaltender. Due to Jonas Hiller, Davos only got three goals in the second period. But many big saves were not enough to stop the Canadian avalanche. They scored three times out of 21 shots.
    Swiss Champion Davos was on a par only in the first period and in the last five minutes. Josef Marha (10.) and temporary signed Langnau forward Loic Burkhalter missed good opportunities to take the lead. All in all, the Swiss made too many individual mistakes and were physically in an inferior position. Their final spurt, they reduced the score by Tommi Miettinen and Peter Guggisberg within two minutes, came too late and only made the final result more acceptable.
    The Canadians who were cobbled together from different leagues performed in a quite amazing way already in their second game. A clever move by Headcoach Marc Habscheid, he let the Ambri-Piotta mercenaries Trudel, Toms and Domenichelli playing together, proved to be efficient. Two out four goals were scored by this line and they always made waves in front of the opponent’s goalkeeper.
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    I've always been amazed that the Canadian entry into the tournament competes so well against some of Europe's finest professional teams. The Canadians don't normally play together as a team, and have basically no preparation for the tournament. That they even compete well, no less frequently win it, is a testament to Canadian hockey talent and great coaching.

    Does anyone know if a North American minor league or junior or college team has ever participated in the Spengler Cup? That would be interesting to see, as would the participation of an NHL team that had a break in its schedule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber
    I've always been amazed that the Canadian entry into the tournament competes so well against some of Europe's finest professional teams. The Canadians don't normally play together as a team, and have basically no preparation for the tournament. That they even compete well, no less frequently win it, is a testament to Canadian hockey talent and great coaching.

    Does anyone know if a North American minor league or junior or college team has ever participated in the Spengler Cup? That would be interesting to see, as would the participation of an NHL team that had a break in its schedule.
    Team Canada took part in Spengler Cup from 1984 (in that year Canada immediately won Cup). I know in 1981 competed University of Minnesota, in 1982 North Dakota University and i think was first time for non european teams.
    In 1988 also a USA selection partecipated and won Cup, defeating 8-1 Canada in final.
    In 1996 competed Rochester Americans (AHL) finishing 3rd.

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    28 December 2005

    Davos - Metallurg Magnitogorsk 4:1 (1:0,2:1,1:0)
    1-0 03:44 Björn Christen (Oskar Ackeström)
    1-1 27:50 Ruslan Nurtdinov (Igor Korolev, Stanislav Chistov)PP
    2-1 34:14 Loic Burkhalter (Janne Niskala)
    3-1 37:01 Fabian Sutter (Reto Von Arx)
    4-1 59:35 Reto Von Arx PP EN
    PIM:7x2+1x10(Hauer) - 7x2 Att:7.280
    MVP: Hiller - Nurtdinov

    Davos: Hiller; Gianola, Jan von Arx; Hauer, Blatter; Ackeström, Kress; Richter, Niskala; Ambühl, Reto von Arx, Miettinen; Guggisberg, Marha, Wilson; Willis, Rizzi, Christen; Burkhalter, Sutter, Pärssinen.
    Metallurg: Simchuk; Yuschkievitch, Eriksson; Atyuschov, Varlamov; Seluyanov, Malenkich; Boikov, Kuchtinov; Platonov, Korolev, Nurtdinov; Gladskikh, Kaigorodov, Chistov; Kudermetov, Pestunov, Gusmanov; Tertishyny, Savchenkov, Vorobiev.

    Host team HC Davos won well-deserved versus Metallurg Magnitogorsk. The scoreboard said 4 to 1 at the end of the game. Loic Burkhalter (35.) and Tommi Miettinen (38.), both temporary signed from SC Langnau Tigers, made sure for a preliminary decision shortly before the end of the second period. Metallurg lost its first game during this tournament.
    If the Russians had won versus Davos, they almost would have been qualified for the final game on Saturday. Swiss Champion Davos caught up in the table. By now, it even has the better goal-ratio. Over the course of the tournament this will be more thrilling than ever. The game schedule is also responsible for this excitement. Both Davos and Magnitogorsk have already played three games in the span of three days while Sparta Prague and EHC Eisbären Berlin will be playing for the second time this evening.
    Understandably, both teams seemed to be quite tired while playing their third game within three days. The game was not played on such a high level than the games before. But it was thrilling and high in scoring chances anyway. Having opened the score by Björn Christen already after four minutes, he redirected a shot by Oscar Ackeström, the game turned to the other side and the Russians took control of the game. But shots by Stanislav Chistov (11.), Alexej Tertyshnyy (17.) and Anders Eriksson (27.) were saved by outstanding goalkeeper Jonas Hiller who was well-deserved awarded the prize to the best player after the game.
    In the 28th minute, Ruslan Nurtdinov succeeded in levelling the score in a powerplay. Just the most experienced defenders of Metallurg were responsible that the Russians found themselves on the losing side. Dimitry Yushkevich and Anders Eriksson, who together has played 1301 games in the National Hockey League, made some howlers which was taken as cold as ice by Burkhalter and Miettinen.
    In the last period the two-goal-lead almost never ran into mischief for Davos. This defeat is nearly historcal. The last time, the Russians, who are leading the Russian league by 17 points, lost, was on the 4th November versus Salavat Yulayev. Since then they have won 14 consecutive games inclusive Spengler Cup.

    Eisbaren Berlin - Sparta Praha 3-2 (1:1, 0:1, 2:0)
    0:1 (7:16) Martin Spanhel (David Vrbata, Milan Toman) PP1
    1:1 (18:41) Sven Felski (own goal by Langhammer)
    1:2 (25:50) Martin Strba (Marek Cernosek, Milan Toman) PP1
    2:2 (42:00) Kelly Fairchild (Mark Beaufait, Steve Walker)
    3:2 (52:08) Mark Beaufait (Kelly Fairchild, Steve Walker) PP1
    Berlin 5x2 + 1x10, Prague 10x2, Att: 6,123
    MVPs: Beaufait / Pavoni[/size]

    Berlin Pöpperle; DuPont, Keller; Walser, Brimanis; Leask, Hördler; Quint, Berehowsky; Mueller, Pederson, Ustorf; Reuille, Jarrett, Felski; Walker, Beaufait, Fairchild; Gawlik, Moran, Baxmann.
    Prague Pavoni; Ptacek, Nikolov; Cernosek, Hanzlik; Toman, Malinsky; Kasik, Stehlik; Netik, Sivek, Chabada; Ton, Strba, Marek; Spanhel, Straka, Vrbata; Dragun, Langhammer, Ruzicka.



    Eisbären Berlin won for the first time in its history a game at the Spengler Cup. The score was 3 to 2 after 60 minutes in the evening game of the third tournament day. Kelly Fairchild and Mark Beaufait brought about the rebound in the last period.
    After the game, „Polar Bears“-goaltender Tomas Pöpperle was vocally celebrated by the about fifty Berlin supporters. The 21-year-old Czech was not that busy as his counterpart Reto Pavoni but he hit the headlines of this game. Pöpperle belongs to Sparta Prague. After having played a great season he hoped to get a contract with the NHL-team Columbus Blue Jackets. But he didn’t survive the cut and Sparta had signed enough goaltenders. So he was loaned out to this evening’s opponent in the end of October until the end of the season.
    Pöpperle’s annoyance must have been big as Martin Spanhel scored against him already in the 8th minute. But neither the first goal nor the second by Martin Strba (26.) was savable. He played a faultless game.
    Actually outstanding was Reto Pavoni. In spite of the defeat he was the happiest man in the stadium after the game. In his actual club Servette Genf in the Swiss League only used as a back-up goaltender, the 37-year-old took the chance at the Spengler Cup to make propaganda for himself. It was on him with more than 40 saves that it was a close game until the end of the game.
    Finally, the better stood up to the worse. German Champion leveled twice a one-goal-handicap before Mark Beaufait scored the game-winning-goal in the 53rd minute. Especially in the power play it outmatched its opponent. And while Sparta’s players did not play together, Berlin convinced as a compact unit.
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    29 December 2005

    Team Canada – Eisbären Berlin 6:1 (2:1, 4:0, 0:0)
    03:11 1-0 Dale McTavish (Murphy, Metropolit) PP1
    09:22 2-0 Yves Sarault (Domenichelli, Toms)
    17:18 2-1 Sven Felski
    26:10 3-1 Jean Guy Trudel (Domenichelli)
    34:36 4-1 Joe Pittis (Reid, Komarniski)
    37:35 5-1 Stacy Roest (Pittis, Murphy) PP1
    38:43 6-1 Dale McTavish (Skinner, Kariya)
    PIM:8x2 - 9x2+1x10 (Pederson) SOG: 44-18 Att:6.439
    MVP: Dale McTavish - Sven Felski


    Canada: Chiodo (50.Cey); Kinch, York, Komarniski, Murphy, Bolibruck, White, Lynch, Skinner; Trudel, Toms, Domenichelli, McTavish, Metropolit, Kariya, Pittis, Roest, Gardner, Sarault, Reid, Holden.
    Berlin:Ziffzer; Keller, DuPont, Brimanis, Walser, Berehowsky, Quint, Hördler, Draxinger; Felski, Jarrett, Mueller, Ustorf, Pederson, Walker, Moran, Beaufait, Reuille, Baxmann, Gawlik, Schenkel.


    The “Polar Bears” had no chance in the game against Canada as they met their Waterloo. 6 to 1 was the clearest defeat during the 79th Spengler Cup. The well-acting up Canadians are on their way to the final on Saturday.
    If the Canadians go on like this, it will be difficult for their competitors to bar them from winning the Spengler Cup. Having already played impressively versus host team Davos, they even sped up today against the “Polar Bears”. After yesterday’s recovery day, which they spent with their families, the “Maple Leafs” returned freshly to the charge. In the second period, which Team Canada won by four goals, it played cat and mouse with its opponent. After forty minutes, the Canadians had 32 shots on goal while the Germans only shot 10 times.
    The preliminary decision happened in the 27th minute as Berlin goaltender Youri Ziffzer, he played his first game during this tournament, lost the puck behind his own goal. Jean-Guy Trudel just accepted this gift and scored easily in the wide-open net. Having been on a par until then, the “Polar Bears” lost their belief and the course of the game was very onesided. The Canucks have a strong and well-balanced squad which was proved by five different scorers out of all four lines.
    If the Canadians win against Sparta Prague in the game tomorrow afternoon, their qualification for the final will be testified. However, Berlin has to face its elimination. The Germans now have three points out of three games, which means that they need help from their competitors to go to the final. Winning the game against host team Davos tomorrow is a duty otherwise the tournament will be over anyway.


    Metallurg Magnitogorsk - HC Sparta Praha 4:3 (1:2, 3:0, 0:1)
    02:14 1-0 Denis Platonov (Dmitri Yushkevich, Alexei Tertyshnyy) PP1
    13:19 1-1 Richard Stehlik (Jakub Langhammer)
    18:11 1-2 Petr Ton (Jan Marek) PP1
    23:52 2-2 Vitali Atyushov (Ruslan Nurtdinov) PP1
    31:53 3-2 Igor Korolev (Evgeny Varlamov)
    37:02 4-2 Denis Platonov (Alexei Kaygorodov, Alexei Tertishny)
    48:28 4:3 Petr Ton (Frantisek Ptacek) PP1
    PIM:6x2 - 12x2 SOG: Att:5.956
    MVP: Denis Platonov - Petr Ton


    Magnitogorsk: Simchuk (21. Scott); Yushkevich, Eriksson; Atyushov, Varlamov; Seluyanov, Malenkikh; Boikov, Kukhtinov; Tertyshnyy, Kaygorodov, Platonov; Nurtdinov, Korolev, Chistov; Kudermetov, Pestunov, Gusmanov; Savchenkov, Vorobiev, Dobryshkin.
    Praha: Neuvirth; Ptacek, Nicolov; Cernosek, Hanzlik; Toman, Stehlik; Kasik, Malinsky; Ton, Marek, Strba; Spanhel, Straka, Havelka; Dragun, Langhammer, Ruzicka; Vrbata, Handlovsky.


    Metallurg Magnitogorsk was tonight the first team that finished its preliminary round. In its fourth game, the Russians won 4 to 3 versus Sparta Prague. If this was enough to reach the final will be decided tomorrow.

    Magnitogorsk vs. Prague was the game of many powerplay goals. Not less than five of seven goals were scored when a team played with one player more than its opponent. The only ones who scored beside the powerplay were Sparta’s Richard Stehlik (14.) and Metallurg’s Denis Platonov (38.). Before this game both teams only scored once in powerplay.
    The Czechs put in another goaltender for the third time in their third game. This time, the only 17-year-old Michal Neuvirth stood between the posts. He showed in many situations that he could be a man for the future.
    The Russians presented their best performance in the first two periods during the Spengler Cup 2005. Offensively they played as well as they were expected before the tournament. In addition also their defence was quite strong and the Russian defenders kept playing almost faultless. Today, it was goaltender Konstantin Simchuk who brought excitement into the game. He got only seven shots on his goal but twice he was beaten by the Czechs. Both goals seemed to be savable. He got replaced by by backup Travis Scott.
    In the second period Vitaly Atyushov (24.), Igor Korolev (32.) and Platonov (38.) were responsible for the turnaround. But because it was the fourth game for the Russians within 96 hours, they seemed to lose power. Therefor Sparta came back into the game after the reducing by Petr Ton. Metallurg managed to keep Prague at bay.
    Tonight two decisions were made: Both the pointless Czechs and the “Polar Bears” from Berlin, which have three points on their account, can’t qualifiy for the final game on Saturday. Furthermore, the Russians need support by Sparta and Berlin if they want to go to the final. Host team Davos will be qualified if it wins against Berlin and the Canucks if they get at least one point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber
    I've always been amazed that the Canadian entry into the tournament competes so well against some of Europe's finest professional teams. The Canadians don't normally play together as a team, and have basically no preparation for the tournament. That they even compete well, no less frequently win it, is a testament to Canadian hockey talent and great coaching.
    But their lack of preparation is balanced against the fact that the Canadian coaching staff are able to pick the best imports from all of the European teams. The team is almost a European League All-Star Team Canada filled with 1st and some 2nd line players, whereas the other teams have to bring their squad complete with their weaker 3rd and 4th line players.

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    True, given that Canada has a wide talent pool in which to choose from. That said, a top club team from one of the top seven European leagues, that always plays together, should be able to beat Team Canada's Spengler Cup entry, IMO. And Metullurg did.

    Interesting to see that the AHL's Rochester Americans placed 3rd when they competed. I looked up some results and it seems they had been routed by Davos, but defeated Leksands and tied Jokerit Helsinki. I'm convinced that AHL hockey is on par with the top seven European leagues.

    I'd be interested to see how ECHL, UHL or Central League teams do in the Spengler Cup and the various pre-season tournaments. Canada's goaltender, Andy Chiodo, is an ECHL player, although he has some AHL and even NHL experience.

    I'd also be interested to see how NCAA Division I and Major Junior teams would do. Quebecois mentioned that a few competed in the Spengler Cup in the early eighties, but US college hockey wasn't so strong then. Nowadays, an NCAA Division I team will generally beat any European pro team that is not in one of the top seven leagues, as evidenced by University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin handily defeating Riga 2000 a few years ago, along with also defeating the national teams of Italy and France. I believe, however, that Valerenga Oslo narrowly defeated U. Minnesota a few years back. So I'd be interested to see, perhaps, the champion NCAA team or the Memorial Cup winner compete in the Spengler Cup.

    Although it will never happen, I think the most fun would be to have an Original Six NHL team compete in the Spengler Cup - tradition meets tradition. Ah, well. Dare to dream.

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    Bay Shore? Long Island?

    Hey Marc,

    just another question...... is Bay Shore on Long Island, NY?? I was for one year working in NY and was living in Long Beach..... I mean, Bay Shore is also Long Island? Right? :scratchhe
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    Marc, I would be very careful drawing any conclusions from the Spengler Cup tournaments.

    To be honest, only two teams take the tournament seriously: HC Davos and Team Canada (the latter because of the annual tv coverage back in Canada). For the rest of the teams, Spengler Cup is just a breakoff from the tournaments that really matter (the national championships) and a opportunity to test untried players -- as in case of Sparta's 17 year old goalkeeper, Neuwirth.

    Magnita lost to Davos all right, but to call the defeat 'historical' (since the team hasn't lost a game since 4th November), as the Swiss did on Spengler Cup's home page (see recap of the game above) is almost ridicoulous. The real test would be to see how Davos would fare against Metallurg in the Russian Superliga.

    So it should come as no surprise that Davos will face Team Canada tomorrow in the final.

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    Franco - yes, Bay Shore is on the south shore of Long Island, about 40 minutes east of Long Beach (which is a wonderful summer beach town, by the way, with a good hockey club - Apple Core, which has a Junior A team and a Junior B team).

    Dancan - you've got a point there. However, it's the only measuring stick we have....when else would Davos play against Metullurg? If I recall correctly, Davos played in a preseason tournament in Russia once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber
    Franco - yes, Bay Shore is on the south shore of Long Island, about 40 minutes east of Long Beach (which is a wonderful summer beach town, by the way, with a good hockey club - Apple Core, which has a Junior A team and a Junior B team).
    Marc,

    well, I see, my memory is still working. Yes, Long Beach is great for living. No tourists, no big traffic, always parking lots ( :003: ), near to the sea.... well, I miss Long Beach but I'd never missed Manhattan.... :seeingsta

    I'm well remember the Long Island Apple Core, because I carry a jacket from the Apple Core team (in green) since approx ten years... I was watching many games live at the ice rink. I was only living approx 300 meters from the ice rink (West Park Ave.)

    The world is so small.... Have a good new years eve! :023:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dancan
    So it should come as no surprise that Davos will face Team Canada tomorrow in the final.
    no, no, not this year..... Berlin played a perfect game yesterday. It was a big spectacle this game. Let's see, if Magnitogorsk or Canada will win the Cup :claphands

    Shaibu Magnitogorsk!!!! :bowdown:
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    This was the game I missed due to the heavy workload with coding the new European leagues forums.

    What a letdown for Davos. Well, I'll cheer for Magnitorsk as well. But team Canada will probably win.

    Best players in the tournament so far: Stanislav Chistov and Sven Felski.

    20 minutes to the final.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dancan
    This was the game I missed due to the heavy workload with coding the new European leagues forums.

    What a letdown for Davos. Well, I'll cheer for Magnitorsk as well. But team Canada will probably win.

    Best players in the tournament so far: Stanislav Chistov and Sven Felski.

    20 minutes to the final.

    3:1 for Magnitogorsk after 20'...... :023:
    5:2 for Magnitogorsk after 40'...... :023:
    8:3 for Magnitogorsk after 60'...... :023:

    What a game from Metallurg Magnitogorsk! Congratulate!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber
    I'd be interested to see how ECHL, UHL or Central League teams do in the Spengler Cup and the various pre-season tournaments. Canada's goaltender, Andy Chiodo, is an ECHL player, although he has some AHL and even NHL experience.

    I'd also be interested to see how NCAA Division I and Major Junior teams would do. Quebecois mentioned that a few competed in the Spengler Cup in the early eighties, but US college hockey wasn't so strong then. Nowadays, an NCAA Division I team will generally beat any European pro team that is not in one of the top seven leagues, as evidenced by University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin handily defeating Riga 2000 a few years ago, along with also defeating the national teams of Italy and France. I believe, however, that Valerenga Oslo narrowly defeated U. Minnesota a few years back. So I'd be interested to see, perhaps, the champion NCAA team or the Memorial Cup winner compete in the Spengler Cup.

    Although it will never happen, I think the most fun would be to have an Original Six NHL team compete in the Spengler Cup - tradition meets tradition. Ah, well. Dare to dream.
    Last time an ECHL team came to Europe was three years ago :
    28/09/2002 Vienna (AUT) - Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) 3-2 (0-0,2-0,1-2)
    28/09/2002 Villach (AUT) - Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) 3-1 (1-1,1-0,1-0)
    02/10/2002 Milan (ITA) - Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) 4-5 shootout

    Still, don't make confusion between Italian and Austrian clubs and the top-7 European leagues. (the same is true about Riga 2000 and Valerenga, and even French national team unfortunately)
    That's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise

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    hello to all (so, i'll wrote also my first post on this message board)....

    Here the official All Star Team of the tournament:

    Goal:

    Jonas Hiller (HC Davos)

    Defense:

    Micky DuPont (Eisbären Berlin)
    Jason York (Team Canada)

    Offense:

    Josef Marha (HC Davos)
    Domenico Pittis (Team Canada)
    Stanislaw Tschistow (Mettalurg Magnitogorsk)

    MVP:

    Josef Marha (HC Davos)

    as usual lot of Davos-players... (no wonder at a tournament organised by Davos)... But Marha as the MVP, is a big joke, he had one good game, otherwise he wasn't that good. Dale McTavish or Mark Beaufait were the better players at the tournament.

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    30 December 2005

    Welcome Kobasew,and thanks for your comment. We still need to add some stats before we can round off and celebrate News years Eve. Here's the scores from yesterday.


    Team Canada - Sparta Prague 8-2 (5-0, 2-2, 1-0)
    1-0 (5:48) Jean-Guy Trudel (Jeff Toms) PP1
    2-0 (6:40) Dale McTavish (Glen Metropolit)
    3-0 (7:24) Dale Mc Tavish (Glen Metropolit)
    4-0 (13:02) Martin Kariya (Glen Metropolit, Dale McTavish)
    5-0 (17:23) Jason York (Domenic Pittis, Stacy Roest) PP1
    6-0 (22:14) Ian White (Stacy Roest, Josh Holden)
    6-1(23:51) Jozef Straka (Jaroslav Kasik)
    6-2 (31:45) Jan Hanzlik (Marek Cernosek)
    7-2 (32:07) Martin Kariya (Glen Metropolit)
    8-2 (51:17) Stacy Roest (Brett Skinner)
    Canada 4x2, Prague 8x2, Att: 7,012

    Glen Metropolit / Michal Neuvirth

    Team Canada is the first team in the final of the 79th Spengler Cup. The Canadians beat an inferior Sparta Prague 8 to 2. Already after the first period they led by five to nothing.
    The Czechs, last year’s finalist, finished the Spengler Cup with not a single point. Having lost the first three games quite close, they played today with no spirit and belief in their chance. Furthermore, head coach Frantisek Viborny gave his best forwards Petr Ton and Jan Marek a break as he had already done in their opening game against Davos.
    Already early in the game there was no question about who was going to win. The “Maple Leafs” rolled over the Czechs already in the first few minutes. After just eight minutes, they led with 3 to 0 after one goal by Jean-Guy Trudel and two goals by Dale McTavish.. Prague did not rear up. The pitiable goaltender Reto Pavoni was left in the lurch by his teammates and when he got exchanged he had got three more goals. His backup, 17-year-old Michal Neuvirth, was awarded the prize for the best player in his team after the game which was significant for the disastrous performance by Sparta Prague.
    In an impressive way, the Canadians demonstrated their huge offensive skills. Both McTavish and linemate Martin Kariya (the younger brother of NHL-superstar Paul) scored twice. By now, the Canucks have scored 19 goals in round robin.
    At the latest from the second period, Team Canada could save power for the final.. It looked like that both teams were just scrimmaging but still dominated by the North Americans.
    The Canadians’ challenger will be acquired tonight in the game between host team Davos and Berlin. If Davos or Metallurg Magnitogorsk will play the final depends on the final result tonight. Davos has to win two points otherwise the Russian will be Team Canada’s opponent.



    HC Davos - Eisbären Berlin 5-8 (2-2, 3-3, 0-3)
    0-1 (5:31) Derrick Walser (Mark Beaufait)
    1-1 (6:36) Björn Christen (Michael Kress)
    2-1 (8:21) Peter Guggisberg (Landon Wilson)
    2-2 (11:40) Mark Beaufait (Steve Walker, Sven Felski)
    2-3 (21:05) Christoph Gawlik (Denis Pederson) PP1
    3-3 (27:22) Timo Pärssinen (Loic Burkhalter)
    3-4 (30:10) Micki Du Pont (Brad Moran, Patrick Jarrett)
    4-4 (31:16) Michael Riesen (Björn Christen)
    4-5 (32:09) Sven Felski (Steve Walker, Frank Hördler)
    5-5 (35:45) Michel Riesen (Jonas Hiller)
    5-6 (50:30) Richard Mueller (Patrick Jarrett, Brad Moran)
    5-7 (57:56) Steve Walker (Sven Felski, Mark Beaufait) PP1
    5-8 (58:10) Richard Mueller (Patrick Jarrett) EN
    Davos 7x2, Berlin 7x2, Att: 7,280 (F)
    Best players: Michel Riesen /Richard Mueller




    In a offensive and thrilling game, Berlin won against Davos with 8 to 5 in the last game of round robin. Not only the Germans cheered, also the Russian squad of Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Due to the German support Metallurg will play against Team Canada in the final game of the 79th Spengler Cup.
    Compliment to the “Polar Bears”! Even though they had no chance to qualify for the final, they strongly defied host team Davos. The 7’280 spectators got to watch a memorable game. Receiving resounding applause even by the Davos-supporters proved the fact that the German Champion left a sympatic mark at the Spengler Cup 2005.
    In the most spectacular game of the tournament Davos caught up four times a one-goal-handicap. The game-winning-goal was scored by Richard Mueller in the 51st minute. Davos defender Brett Hauer was not close enough in the slot. Davos led only once and that just for three minutes as Peter Guggisberg scored the second goal for Davos.
    In the duel between the German and the Swiss Champions, Berlin deserved the victory because they played more bravely forward. Having had nothing to lose, the Germans could play more offensively. Both Mueller and Michel Riesen scored twice for their teams. In this open slugfest, both goaltenders were to regret because each team did not seem to play very concentrated in the defence.
    Caused by the defeat, host team Davos misses the final of its home tournament for the first time since 1999. It finished the tournament even behind the Eisbären on the fourth place. Instead of the defending champion Davos, Metallurg Magnitogors will play the final against Team Canada. In 1999 they lost the final against the Kölner Haie. Should the team from the Urals win tomorrow, this would be the first Russian victory since 1991 as the great CSKA Moskow won the Spengler Cup.

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    And the final



    79th Spengler Cup, Final, 31 December 2005

    Metallurg Magnitogorsk - Team Canada 8-3 (3-1, 2-1, 3-1)
    1-0 (1:09) Ruslan Nurtdinov (Igor Korolev)
    2-0 (13:14) Dmitry Yushkevich (Ruslan Nurtdinov)
    3-0 (18:11) Yevgeni Gladskikh (Anders Eriksson, Alexei Kaigorodov)
    3-1 (18:32) Brett Skinner (Jeff Toms, Hnat Domenichelli)
    3-2 (26:57) Cory Murphy (Martin Kariya, Ryan Gardner) PP1
    4-2 (34:41) Ravil Gusmanov (Anders Eriksson) PP1
    5-2 (36:56) Alexei Kaigorodov (Yevgeni Gladskikh)
    6-2 (51:15) Yevgeni Gladskikh (Alexei Kaigorodov)
    6-3 (52:27) Josh Holden (Matt Kinch)
    7-3 (58:12) Denis Platonov (Anders Eriksson) SH1-EN
    8-3 (58:52) Yuri Dobroshkin (Alexei Tertyschny)
    Met Mg 6x2, Canada 2x2, 7,280

    Team Canada: Chiodo; York, Kinch; Murphy, Komarniski; White, Bolibruck; Skinner, Lynch; Domenchelli, Toms, Trudel; Martin Kariya, Metropolit, McTavish; Gardner, Roest, Pittis; Holden, Reid, Sarault.

    Magnitogorsk: Scott; Atyushov, Varlamov; Yushkevich, Eriksson; Malenkikh, Seluyanov; Boikov, Kukhtinov; Platonov, Kaygorodov, Gladskikh; Chistov, Korolev, Nurtdinov; Kudermetov, Pestunov, Gusmanov; Dobryshkin, Vorobiev, Tertyshnyy.


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    Congratulations to the Russian and now Spengler Cup champions, Metullurg Magnitogorsk.

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