With yet another undefeated record, Geneve-Servette has repeated their Spengler Cup championship from 2013 to defeat Ufa 3-0 in the 2014 tournament finals.

Geneve-Servette believed they had the first goal of the contest just three minutes in. Taylor Pyatt, one of the best players in the entire Spengler Cup, rushed in and took a quick wrister on Leland Irving, a goal that appeared to make it’s way in. However, Daniel Rubin of GSHC was knocked into Irving and the whistle was blown dead before the puck was seen to cross over the line, keeping it deadlocked at zero to start.

Ufa had a scary moment with six minute to go in the first when defenseman Alex Kutuzov was clipped in the legs from behind by Alex Picard. Originally, Picard appeared to be header to hit Kutuzov cleanly into the boards, but after Kutuzov moved to try and make a play, the fast moving Picard ending up running into his legs and causing the Ufa defenseman to sit out a few shifts with a great deal of pain. Fortunately, Kutuzov would be good enough to return just a few minutes later after a bit of freezing work to his knees.

Things went sour very quickly for Ufa. Ufa’s best defenseman, Andrei Zubarev, went down in pain after taking a hard hit along the boards. His teammates weren’t a fan of the hit, and after a bit of rough stuff following the whistle, Geneve-Servette found themselves on the power-play. On the man advantage, Arnaud Jacquemet broke the ice with a quick release Leland Irving couldn’t handle, giving the Swiss club the 1-0 lead.

Ufa started taking unneeded penalties in the second in what seemed to be out of anger for the hit on Zubarev, who would return to the game at a slower pace. GSHC would take advantage of Kutuzov sitting two minutes for roughing, as Romain Loeffel’s point shot was picked up by Cody Almond, who sent the puck to Daniel Rubin for the shot from the side of the net that ended up past Irving.

The most dangerous duo in the tournament happened to come from the same household. Geneve-Servette made it 3-0 with 11 minutes to go in the game when Tom Pyatt found his brother Taylor Pyatt, who fired it in from in close to put the game away. The fatigue had really took its toll on the Russian Ufa team, who played almost everyday during the tournament after two games right before heading over to Switzerland. As a result, the rested Geneve-Servette team would hold on to the 3-0 victory, claiming their second straight Spengler Cup championship.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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