UPDATE: Canada wins Spengler Cup with 7-2 win over HC Davos

first_imgFor television information go to:http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/feature/?id=4385Kinrade, Team Canada one win away from Spengler Cup titleChip off a little rust and what did we find — plenty of offence from Team Canada at the 2012 Spengler Cup.Matt Duchene scored twice and added an assist as Team Canada criused to a 5-1 semi-final victory over HC Fribourg on Sunday in Davos, Switzerland.Since Canada lost its first game of the tournament to German team Adler Mannheim on Boxing Day the squad had outscored the opposition 10-1 in two games.Jason Spezza, Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Carlo Colaiacovo also scored for the Canadians, who feature Nelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade on the blueline.The 27-year-old Kinrade has been tabbed by national media as one of the no-names on the roster that features the likes of NHLers like Spezza, Patrice Bergeron, John Tavares, Tyler Seguin, Jonathan Bernier, Carlo Colaiacovo, Devan Dubnyk, Sam Gagner, Matt Duchene, Cam Barker and Ryan Smyth.Kinrade, who played for the Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League after a great minor hockey career, was invited to the roster by Hockey Canada due to a shortage of Canadian defencemen playing in Switzerland this winter, which benefits Kinrade, Maxim Noreau and Travis Roche.And the players have not let the coaching staff, or teammates, down, playing solid minutes.”It’s a dream come true,” Kinrade, who plays for SC Bern of the Swiss Nationaliga told Tim Wharnsby of Hockey Night in Canada.”In my career, I’ve bloomed late. When I was eligible for the Canadian under-20 team I wasn’t even close. But to be part of this team the last few days has been surreal.”Devan Dubnyk, in his second straight start, made 25 saves to register the win in goal for Canada.Team Canada, an 11-time winner of the Spengler Cup, advances to the championship against the winner of Sunday’s late game between host HC Davos and Vitkovice Steel.TSN is scheduled to televise the Spengler Cup Final Monday (December 31) at 3 p.m. PST.See complete television schedule at:http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/197934/la_id/1.htm Team Canada made it look easy in the final of the Spengler Cup Monday, dumping the host club and defending champion HC Davos 7-2 to capture the title for the 12th time.Canada’s Patrice Bergeron, finishing the game with four points, scored 46 seconds into the game and Canada never looked back.It was Canada’s  first Spengler Cup title since 2007.John Tavares and Team Canada captain Ryan Smyth each scored twice while Jason Spezza and Derrick Walser added singles for the winners.Raphael Diaz and Dario Bürgler  replied for HC Davos.Canada outshot the hosts 39-30 making a winner out of netminder Devan Dubnyk — his third consecutive victory in the tournament.The Team Canada roster included Nelson native Geoff Kinrade who keyed a defence that allowed five goals in four games and outscored its opponents 17-3 during the final three games.Team Canada meets HC Davos in final of Spengler CupTeam Canada has a date with the defending champs in the final of the 2012 Spengler Cup.The host club edged HC Vitkovice Steel 5-4 in the second semi final Sunday in Davos, Switzerland.The game is a rematch of an early round robin contest between the two teams, a game won 5-0 by Team Canada.Patrick Kane scored in the final minute of regulation time to give HC Davos the thrilling victory.HC Davos is the defending champion.Canada is an 11-time winner of the Spengler Cup Tournament.last_img

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