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Manitobans Clark, Fehr Help Canada Punch Ticket to Semifinal

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Manitobans Clark, Fehr Help Canada Punch Ticket to Semifinal

Following a strong outing against Trinec on opening day of the 2019 Spengler Cup in Switzerland, the Canadian National Men’s Team once again came out to play Saturday afternoon against the host HC Davos.

Canada came out firing, outshooting Davos 34-23, en route to a 5-1 victory, with all five Canadian goals coming before the completion of the second period. The visitors outshot the host 26-12 through 40 minutes, while dominating all aspects of the game.

Winkler product Eric Fehr scored Canada’s third goal of the game, 7:16 into the second period, just three minutes before Winnipegger Kevin Clark added to his three goals from the first tournament game, by popping his fourth goal in two games past goaltender Joren van Pottelberghe on a pretty drive to the net. Andrew MacDonald, Dustin Jeffrey and Alex Grant also scored for Canada in the lopsided victory.

The Canadians allowed a third period power play strike by Luca Hischier 4:39 into the final frame, but for the most part did a phenomenal job penalty killing, eating up six of seven Davos opportunities in the game. Goaltender Matt Tomkins stayed sharp, stopping 22 of 23 shots he faced, pushing Canada to a sixth-consecutive win over Davos.

Canada will now advance forward to one of the the two Spengler Cup Semifinal matchups on Monday. The game will be played at 8:00 AM central against the winner of HC Davos and TPS Turku, which will be decided on Sunday. Monday’s semifinal will be available to view on TSN.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, coaching hockey is his favourite pastime. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com

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