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Canada coasts into Spengler semi without so much as taking a shot

Finish atop division courtesy Mannheim loss

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DAVOS, Switzerland -- Canada is off to the semifinal round at the Spengler Cup and didn't have to lace up its skates Friday to cement the berth.

Canada had the day off but received a bye to the semifinals after H.C. Davos defeated Adler Mannheim 6-2 in the final preliminary round game for both teams.

Davos rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn the victory, which gave Canada (1-1, four points) top spot in its division and a bye to the semifinal round.

Mannheim (1-1, two points) opened the tournament with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Canadians and would have clinched first in the conference with a victory over the Swiss club.

Davos (1-1, two points) dropped a 5-0 decision to Canada on Thursday, which relegated it to the quarter-final round regardless of the outcome against Mannheim.

HC Vitkovice Steel defeated Fribourg Gotteron 2-1 on Friday to finish atop the other group with four points and receive a bye to the semifinal round.

Today, Mannheim will face Fribourg Gotteron in one quarter-final game while Davos will take on Salavat Yulaev UFA in the other.

The winners will advance to the semifinal round Sunday against Canada and HC Vitkovice Steel.

The semifinal victors will battle for the tournament championship Monday.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 29, 2012 C3

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