Canada’s 4-peat bid at Spengler Cup ends in shootout loss to Finland

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December 31, 2018

The Canadian Press

Jaakko Rissanen (above) scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give Finnish club KalPa Kuopio a 2-1 win over three-time defending champion Canada in the final of the Spengler Cup on Monday.

KalPa goalie Denis Godla led his team to a 3-2 shootout win against Canada netminder Zach Fucale and his squad in Davos, Switzerland.

Rissanen beat Fucale with a high backhand before Godla made a pad save on Canada captain Andrew Ebbett to end it.

The shootout was tied at 2-2 following three shooters each, bringing it to sudden death. Godla — the MVP of the 2015 world junior championship when he lifted Slovakia to a bronze medal in Toronto and Montreal — made five straight saves for the win.

Zach Boychuk and Cory Emmerton scored in the shootout for Canada.

Dejected members of Team Canada react after dropping a 2-1 decision in a shootout to Finland in Monday’s Spengler Cup final in Davos, Switzerland. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via Associated Press)

Canada fell just shot of matching its run of four consecutive Spengler Cup titles from 1995 to 1998. The loss also snapped Canada’s tournament record 12-game win streak.

Canada outshot KalPa 40-23.

Daniel Winnik opened the scoring for Canada in the third period before Eetu Luostarinen tied it.

It was KalPa’s first Spengler Cup title in the history of the annual holiday tournament.