Spengler Cup Recap: Semifinal: Team Canada vs. HC Davos (December 30, 2010)
After an overtime win on Wednesday over Sparta Prague, Team Canada found themselves looking for the second time at HC Davos, but with higher stakes this time around.
Some early penalty trouble by Davos results in a Canada powerplay, but nothing develops. Later, Davos takes another penalty, but kill it. Moments later, Josh Holden opens up the scoring for Team Canada to make it 1-0. Canada takes two penalties late in the period, but Davos fails to capitalize. Near the midway point of the second period, another call against Davos results in another successful kill. Later, Micki Dupont loses his helmet and is sent off for 2 minutes. After killing that off, Canada ends up on the powerplay, and on the advantage, Mark Bell scores to make it 2-0. Not long after, Jean-Pierre Vigier makes it 3-0. Two straight penalties to Canada lead to a 5-on-3 for Davos but fail to solve Jeff Deslauriers, even after taking the powerplay into the third. Another Canadian powerplay occurs, but not long after, Canada increases the lead to 4-0. Davos thought they had one back late but was waved off for an offside. Game ends 4-0 in Canada’s favor as they advance to the Championship Game against SKA St. Petersburg, who had to stage a comeback after falling behind early 3-0 to Geneva. The comeback began in the second period with three unanswered St. Petersburg goals to even the score 3-3 through two, and with no scoring in the third, overtime was needed, and not long into the extra frame, St. Pete completes the comeback, downing Geneva 4-3 and the finalists are set to go.