Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Defends Spengler Cup Title with 5-2 Victory over HC Lugano

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Defends Spengler Cup Title with 5-2 Victory over HC Lugano

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Canada beats Lugano 5-2 in Spengler Cup final


DAVOS, Switzerland - Special teams were Canada's backbone at the 2016 Spengler Cup, so it was only fitting that the championship-winning goal came while killing a penalty.

Cory Emmerton's short-handed goal in the second period stood up as the winner as Canada downed HC Lugano 5-2 Saturday, defeating the Swiss side in the tournament final for the second straight year.

Canada came into the final with nine power-play goals over four games but was shut out on four chances Saturday. The other half of the special teams came though, however, as Canada allowed just one goal on six penalty kills while Emmerton scored the Canadians' second short-handed goal of the tournament.

"Our penalty killing was excellent," Canada head coach Luke Richardson said. "We may not have scored on the power play, but we generated some good chances and got a short-handed goal again. In short tournaments like this that really is the key, and that's what came through for us all the way through."

Canada won its 14th Spengler Cup title, and only host club HC Davos (15 championships) has been more successful at the tournament However, Davos has been involved since the tournament's inception in 1923, while Canada did not have a national team competing at the Spengler Cup until 1984. Teams from Canada had competed in earlier tournaments, such as the Kingston Aces who finished in second place in 1967.

Nick Spaling, who spent six full seasons in the NHL before joining Swiss side Geneve Servette for the 2016-17 campaign, had an empty-net goal and two assists

"Nick had a great game today. He came in with a bit of an injury and we weren't sure if he was ready to go, but he said 'I'm here and I'm playing,'" Richardson said.

Chay Genoway, Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Andrew Ebbett also scored for Canada, while Dario Burgler had both goals for Lugano. …

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