CANADA BLANKS TURKU, BOOKS SPOT IN SPENGLER FINAL
JASON LA ROSE
DAVOS, Switzerland – Kevin Clark (Winnipeg, Man./SC Rapperswil-Jona, NLA) scored two more goals and added an assist, Zach Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Orlando, ECHL) posted a 19-save shutout and Canada’s National Men’s Team moved into the championship game at the Spengler Cup for the fifth year in a row with a 6-0 semifinal win over TPS Turku on Monday.
One win away from their 16th tournament title, the Canadians will face either HC Ocelari Trinec or HC Ambri-Piotta in the final on Tuesday (6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT).
Paul Postma (Red Deer, Alta./HC Lugano, NLA), Chris DiDomenico (Woodbridge, Ont./SCL Tigers, NLA) and Éric Faille (Lachine, Que./EHC Kloten, NLB) chipped in a goal and an assist apiece for the Canadians, who took the lead within the first five minutes and never looked back.
Clark continued his goal-scoring spree early, gathering in a Dustin Jeffrey (Sarnia, Ont./Lausanne HC, NLA) rebound at the side of the net and beating Turku goaltender Rasmus Tirronen for a power-play goal at 4:40.
Postma added a second Canadian goal before the end of the opening frame, blasting home a slap shot from the point.
Canada carried the play in the second period, outshooting the Finnish side 15-9, and DiDomenico went top shelf on the short side for another power-play goal and a 3-0 lead at 13:33.
Fucale made the best of his 19 saves in the second, stretching back to deny Hannu Kuru after a turnover behind the Canadian net.
The floodgates opened in the third period; Faille was first at 2:53, tapping in a pretty feed from DiDomenico, who looked like he was going to circle the net before slipping a pass in front for Faille.
Kris Versteeg (Lethbridge, Alta./HK Nitra, SVK) made it 5-0 at 4:47 off a pass from Clark, and Clark redirected in a set-up from Jeffrey with 2:32 left to provide the final margin of victory for the Canadians.
Clark leads the tournament with six goals and seven points in three games, three points more than any other player.