Coppa Italia: Johnson celebrates second cup title

Trail native Trevor Johnson led HC Valpellice Bulldogs to the Coppa Italia hockey championship on Sunday.

Trail native Trevor Johnson led HC Valpellice Bulldogs to the Coppa Italia hockey championship on Sunday with a 4-3 victory over Val Pusteria.

The 33-year-old former Trail Smoke Eater led all Valpellice defencemen in scoring and was tied for third overall with a goal and five assists as the Bulldogs went undefeated through the four-game tournament.

Italian born Marco Pozzi scored with 3:48 remaining in regulation to break a 1-1 tie and lift the Bulldogs to its second Coppa Italia win in three years. Aleksandr Petrov, from Estonia, scored an empty net goal with 22 seconds left to make it 3-1. It was the second cup win for Johnson as the team captain of a Valpellice team that last won the Coppa in 2013.

The Bulldogs beat last year’s champion and Italian League leaders SV Renon 4-3 in the semifinal on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s finale. Valpellice advanced to the four-team playoff after winning a two-game series against Fassa Falcons with a 5-4 win and 4-4 tie.

Johnson leads Valpellice in scoring this season with 17 points in 21 games. The Bulldogs play in the Series A league in Italy.

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