Saturday, December 31, 2016
DiDomenico wins second Spengler Cup title
The former Saint John Sea Dogs forward helped Team Canada to a 5-2 win over HC Lugano on Saturday morning, capturing the Spengler Cup for a second straight year.
Canada lost their first game of this year's tournament, 7-4, to HC Dinamo Minsk on Boxing Day but rebounded with three straight wins to advance to Saturday's final.
DiDomenico, an alternate captain, had an assist in Canada's 5-2 victory on Saturday. The 27-year-old finished the tournament with one goal and two assists in five games.
This year's team featured a number of notable QMJHL alumni, including Brandon Gormley, Zach Fucale and James Sheppard.
This was the third straight year that DiDomenico played with Canada at the tournament. DiDomenico helped Canada win the championship a year ago, recording one goal and three assists in four games - which included two assists in the final. In 2014, DiDomenico was held pointless in two games.
The 27-year-old forward is in his third full season with the SCL Tigers in Switzerland, recording seven goals and 17 assists in 31 games. He had 12 goals and 26 helpers in 46 matches with the Tigers last season, according to Elite Prospects.
A native of Woodbridge, Ont., DiDomenico spent two-and-a-half seasons with the Sea Dogs from 2007-2009. According to Elite Prospects, he is sixth all-time in franchise scoring with 75 goals and 204 points in 166 games.
Later today at 4:30 p.m., Canada's world junior team takes on the United States in Toronto. Sea Dogs forward Mathieu Joseph had two assists in Canada's 10-2 win over Latvia on Thursday while defenceman Thomas Chabot had one helper.
The winner of today's Canada-USA game will win Group B.
Meanwhile, Jakub Zboril and the Czech Republic play Sweden at 2 p.m. in Montreal in their final preliminary round game.
Photo: Hockey Canada