Who would have predicted this….
The powerhouse Canadians are set to face the Finnish surprise of the tournament, KalPa Kuopio in the Spengler Cup Final.
Zach Boychuk had a couple of goals, while Cory Emmerton and Chris DiDomenico each chipped in with one, as Team Canada defeated Nuremberg 4-2 in the semifinals.
KalPa got goals from Jaakko Rissanen and Kim Nousiainen in their 2-1 semifinal victory over the hosts, HC Davos.
Zach Fucale has been solid for a Team Canada between the pipes this tournament, while KalPa had high hopes for Denis Godla, but after taking a puck to the throat in warmups was unable to play against Davos.
34-year-old Daniel Manzato is on loan to KalPa during the Spengler and has looked good behind one of the top Liiga clubs.
KalPa’s biggest weakness is goal scoring. Somehow they’re 3-0 while only scoring two goals per game. I don’t think that will be enough to win the Spengler Cup.
As for Team Canada, their powerplay has been brutal. The special teams are not on the same page and despite getting a couple lucky bounces against Nuremberg, they still have another gear to find.
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