Canada set to contend at the Spengler Cup

Greg Smith December 28, 2012 0
Canadian Press

Davos, Switzerland-  Team Canada rebounded with a convincing 5-0 victory over the hosts HC Davos at this years version of the Spengler Cup.  A little more than 24 hours after a stunning 2-1 overtime loss to German side Alder Manheim, Canada won in convincing fashion.  Team Canada now sits at 1-1 awaiting the results of today’s game between Davos and Alder Manheim.  A Davos win and Canada will finish first in the division and will have a buy to the semi-final round.

To say that Team Canada dominated this game was an understatement.  Right from the drop of the puck in the first period, Canada jumped all over Davos and kept them hemmed up in their own zone.  Byron Ritchie scored a pair of goals, while John Tavares, Ryan Smith and Jason Williams scored the other goals for Canada.

It was a welcome sign for Canada, who despite out playing Alder Manheim, just couldn’t find their scoring touch.  Leave that to first game chemistry and jitters.  The Team Canada who played Davos was focused and determined to rebound from their loss.  In fact, yesterday’s performance was the best by any team in the tournament.

As a result of the NHL lockout, this Canada team is loaded with talent.   Other NHL included Jason Spezza, who dominated every time he was on the ice, Sam Gagner, Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin.  Devan Dubnyk played nets for Canada and stopped 25 shots.  Dubnyk was solid in the nets despite it being his first competitive game in nets since the spring.

Davos had some NHL talent of their own, including Joe Thornton and Patrick Kane.  However, Davos was clearly over matched in the game.

For Canadians who are missing NHL hockey, yesterday’s game was a welcome reprieve from the cold winter.  It was nice to see NHL talent playing and the entertainment level at the Spengler Cup is always good.  In fact, the Spengler Cup is a hidden gem and it’s always overshadowed by the World Junior Championships.

The open ice surface makes for it to be a more open game with lots of skating and allows the likes of Jason Spezza and John Tavares to create more scoring opportunities.  Team Canada will now wait to find out when they will play their first playoff game.  Judging from yesterday’s game against a strong Davos team, most team’s will be fearing a Team Canada that seems to be slowly jelling.