30.12.2015 17:40

Team Canada moves into final with 6-5 victory in the classic match-up against HC Davos

(Foto: EQ Images/Gian Ehrenzeller)

Davos brought the momentum from its overtime triumph over Jokerit Helsinki 24 hours earlier into the semifinal match-up against Team Canada. The prior meeting between the two traditional teams had been less than 48 hours earlier, and in this classic “reloaded” there significantly was more on the line with a ticket to the final up for grabs.

Davos began the day the way they had ended the last

Gold scorer Gregory Sciarone (7./pp) scored on the very first power-play. Davos’ joy was short-lived, though, as Sciarone left the game with an injury before the end of the period. Head coach Arno del Curto was left shaking his head in despair, as his already decimated team has multiple engagements ahead (Spengler Cup, Swiss NLA, and Champions Hockey League).

On the ice, the team from Graubünden followed up their first marker within 23 seconds. A quick break allowed Sven Ryser (7.) to extend the lead to 2-0 for the hosts. Davos was not phased when their lead was cut in half – Tom Pyatt (10./pp) put Canada on the board on the man advantage -, and restored the two-goal lead as Alexandre Picard pushed a rebound across the goal line shortly before the intermission.


Team Canada has the “extra” to reach the final

In the second period Félicien du Bois’ (27.) goal from the blue line ended the day for Canadian keeper Jeff Glass, who was replaced by Matt Climie after giving up four goals.

On almost the next play it was the Canadians who scored, igniting a big rally. Matt Ellison (30. and 39./pp) netted two for the team of ex-Bern coach Guy Boucher’s to tie things up before the final period. The KHL forward beat HCD netminder Leonardo Genoni twice.

In the third period, Davos survived a minute and a half of 5-on-4, before taking the lead on Perttu Lindgren’s (48.) goal.

The Canadians eventually won the seesaw battle; Alexandre Giroud (56.) equalized and Cory Conacher (57.) secured the ticket to the final.