Canada reaches semifinals of 2023 Spengler Cup

Chris DiDomenico (TheAHL, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada is in the semifinals of the 2023 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland. On Friday, Canada defeated Finland’s KalPa by a score of 6-3 in the second of two quarterfinal matches.

Former Ottawa Senators centre Chris DiDomenico of Woodbridge, Ontario led Team Canada with three points. He had two goals and one assist, and was the only Canadian player with a multi-point game. The other Canadian players who scored were Jonathan Ang of Markham, Ontario, John Quenneville of Edmonton, Alberta, Jonathan Hazen of Val-Belair, Quebec and Guillaume Asselin of Quebec City, Quebec.

Team Canada will now face HC Dynamo Pardubice in the second semifinal on Saturday. HC Dynamo Pardubice, which plays in the Czech Extraliga in the Czech Republic, won Group Torriani after a 3-2 overtime win over Switzerland’s HC Ambri-Piotta on Boxing Day, and a 2-1 win over KalPa on December 28.

The other semifinal will have Switzerland’s HC Davos and Sweden’s Frolunda HC. Both of these teams were in Team Canada’s pool, with HC Davos beating Frolunda HC 4-1 on December 27. In the other quarterfinal on Friday, Frolunda HC defeated HC Ambri-Piotta 5-0. It should be noted that HC Ambri-Piotta were the defending champions, as they beat Czech Republic’s HC Sparta Praha 3-2 in the final last year.

 

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