After losing 2-1 in their tournament-opener, Team Canada rebounded winning their next two with the latter coming in the semi-final over HC Fribourg - and now the Canadians vie for their record 13th Spengler Cup title.
Despite playing well in the tournament-opener on Boxing Day, Los Angeles Kings' netminder Jonathan Bernier was pulled for the second game in favour of Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers. Dubnyk shined in the second game leading Canada to a 5-0 win over HC Davos thanks to offensive production by many, including former King Ryan Smyth.
After earning a bye into the semis, the Canadians, loaded with NHLers from Jason Spezza to Matt Duchene to John Tavares, never missed a beat. Backed again by Dubnyk, Team Canada pulled out a convincing 5-1 win over HC Fribourg thanks in large part to Duchene who scored a pair of goals en route to the win.
Canada's opponent as of now is yet to be determined. HC Vitkovice and HC Davos play this evening in the tournament's other semi-final scheduled to begin at 6pm EST. The final is set for New Year's Eve on Monday.
Since losing on Boxing Day, Canada has outscored their opponents by a margin of 10-1. It is unfortunate to see Jonathan Bernier riding the bench but we'll be pulling for him and the Canadians nonetheless.
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