Spengler Cup 2013
Genève Servette v Team Canada 6-5
Genève Servette held on for a victory that in all honesty should have been a whole lot easier.
Special teams were the order of the day early as the Swiss side made Canada pay for errors.
Less than three minutes in and Matthew Lombardi scored shorthanded to give Genève the lead.
On their second power play of the period, Genève would double their advantage with the impressive Hollenstein making it 2-0 with Lombardi yet again involved.
Three minutes into the second frame and it was 3-0 as Pestoni struck and Lombardi recorded his third point of the game. That goal brought a change in net, as Canada pulled Allen York and put in Matt Hackett who had been loaned to them by the Rochester Americans.
That seemed to have the desired effect on Team Canada as they opened their account two minutes later, Giroux finding the twine.
Jacquemet would respond for Genève to make it 4-1 and restore the three goal advantage.
A late marker from Roche would pull Canada back within two and give them hope for the final period of making a stunning comeback.
Genève responded with an early marker yet again at the start of a period with Lombardi again finding the net, this time an even strength goal.
The teams would exchange a pair of goals within 45 seconds to leave Genève with a 6-3 lead with ten minutes remaining.
As the game wore on Genève started to take penalties and Canada would make them pay.
Firstly Darren Haydar and then Williams found the net, to bring Canada within a goal of their Swiss opponents with 1:42 left to play.
Despite pulling Matt Hackett for an extra attacker there would be no final comeback for Team Canada as Genève Servette held on for victory to face CSKA for the right to hoist the Spengler Cup.
Best Player of the game:
Genève Servette – Matthew Lombardi
Team Canada – Travis Roche