Canada qualifies for 2019 Spengler Cup semifinals

Alex Grant (Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada is in the semifinals of the 2019 Spengler Cup. On Saturday, the Canadian squad defeated HC Davos 5-1 from Davos, Switzerland. By beating the host team from Switzerland, Team Canada finished in first place in the Cattini Division with a record of two wins and zero losses.

Alex Grant of Antigonish, Nova Scotia led Canada in scoring with two points, as he notched one goal and one assist. Other Canadian players who scored on Saturday were Dustin Jeffrey of Sarnia, Ontario, Andrew MacDonald of Judique, Nova Scotia, Eric Fehr of Winkler, Manitoba and Kevin Clark of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Luca Hischier scored the lone goal for HC Davos. If the last name of Hischier sounds familiar, it should. Luca Hischier is the older brother of former New Jersey Devils first overall pick Nico Hischier.

Canada will play its semifinal game on Monday. Their opponent will be TPS Turku, who beat HC Davos on Sunday in the quarterfinal by a score of 3-1.

In other playoff action, Salavat Yulaev UFA of Russia will play HC Ocelari Trinec of the Czech Republic in the other quarterfinal on Sunday. The winner will play HC Ambri-Piotta of Switzerland in the other Monday semifinal. The semifinal winners will then play on Tuesday in the final.

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