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Davos fails again in the semi-final

The Final of the 92. Spengler Cup tournament in Davos dispute on new year's eve lunch, as expected, Team Canada and, surprisingly, KalPa Kuopio, which won the semi-final against Davos 2:1. The Canadians can be> with a final victory is the sole record winner of the Spengler Cup HC Davos and the Team Canada of this "Eternal Ranking" with 15 tournament victories together. Never before has a Finnish Team won the Spengler Cup. The best Finnish classification, there were 43 years ago: at that Time, Finland Olympic finished the countries in the tournament, behind the Czech Republic on the 2nd place.

The Finns had the nose Davos is mostly in the front. After only 131 seconds, KalPa Kuopio was in the lead. Defender Kim Nousiainen met with a wide-shot, the goaltender Gilles Senn, in spite of concealed point of view, should have kept. After the sleepy Start, the HCD increased. The game was balanced. One of the better ways earned with racy Counter, however, until recently the Finnish Team.

Witolinsch from relies mostly on the third guard

However, resembled Davos in the final section. Yannick Frehner was 46 minutes. The boy helped the HCD to the game. Witolinsch overdid it, but almost with the use of time for the third guard. As the Finns in the 51. Minute by Jaakko Rissanen, and the first attack formation again 2:1 in management, defended the HCD Dominic Buchli and Clarence Kparghai, the front of the Spengler Cup this season, much more wagers in Biasca, Ticino Rockets in the Swiss League (Buchli 12, Kparghai 29) than in the National League (Buchli 9, Kparghai 4).

After the game, the frustration was at the HC Davos. "Of course, we would have won and more self-confidence," said Coach Harijs Witolinsch. "On the other hand, we must now look forward. In two days it goes in the championship." Conservation for the sake renounced Witolinsch in the semi-final to Captain Andres Ambühl, Félicien Du Bois, Magnus Nygren, Anton Rödin and Luca Hischier. He tore apart, therefore, the parade line (Klasen-Simion-Ambühl), then with Perttu Lindgren (only 6 of them. Game of the season) in place of Ambühl for the first time to empty out.

Brilliant performance of a training club

KalPa Kuopio and the Spengler-Cup-fairy-2018 wrote. The Finns came over Christmas as the Eleventh of the Finnish SM-Liiga as a huge geek in Davos. Nevertheless, the part of the brilliant achievements of the Finnish education clubs (with 15 private Junior were not in the ranks) like a bolt from the blue. Already in the championship KalPa have lost only 4 of 12 Games.

One of dreamlike Spengler Cup went to Daniel Manzato, on loan from Ambri, which guarded against Davos for the second Time, the gate of the Finns. In the case of Ambri Manzato has won in the last three months (!) not a single game. He lost against Lugano (3:5) and Bern (4:6), and was also three times and twice came on as a substitute. At the Spengler Cup he suffered against Metallurg Magnitogorsk (1:0 n. V.) and Davos (2:1) in over 122 minutes, conceded one goal only.

Gianolas balance sheet

A positive balance, the organizers withdrew before the Final. The first of four afternoon games were not sold out, back to the castle tournament Director Marc Gianola on the glorious weather. That so few goals as you never fell, don't show that the teams take the tournament lightly, the Spengler Cup is not a grümpel tournament. Also at the world Championships and the Olympic Games, less Goals were recently as.

Sobered Gianola assessed the performance of the Russians, who were eliminated on Saturday as the first Team out of the tournament. For the past eight years, the KHL is waiting in Davos to a tournament victory. Since then, only three out of twelve KHL won two games in Davos, Switzerland. The Russian pulls back in light of the lousy yield from the Spengler Cup, is not expected Gianola. "On the contrary, they will strengthen their efforts and try to send better Teams to the tournament. The KHL wants to present itself in Western Europe and establish."

In the next two months, the organizers intend to have the field for 2019 together. A second Swiss Team, it would be desirable if "one wants to join with heart and soul at the Spengler Cup".


KalPa Kuopio - Davos 2:1 (1:0, 0:0, 1:1)

6300 spectators (sold out). - SR Gofman/Watson (RUS/CAN), Fox/Wüst.

goals: 3. Nousiainen (Mäkinen) 1:0. 46. Frehner (Egli, Aeschlimann) 1:1. 51. Rissanen (Texier, Ruuttu) 2:1.

penalties: 1 time 2 minutes against KalPa Kuopio, 1 time for 2 minutes against Davos.

KalPa Kuopio: Manzato; Wilson, Leskinen; Fairchild, Seppälä; Mäkinen, grondahl; Lappalainen, Nousiainen; Ruuttu, Rissanen, Texier; Kantola, Luostarinen, Klemetti; Jokinen, Nuutinen, Sebok; Kononen, Knuutinen, Vainiola.

Davos Senn; Young, Sanguinetti; Kparghai, Heldner; Stoop, Payr; Buchli; Klasen, Simion, Lindgren; Meyer, Bader, Pestoni; Corvi, Marc Wieser, Dino Wieser; Frehner, Aeschlimann, Kessler; Egli.

remarks: Davos without Ambühl, Du Bois, Hischier, Nygren and Rödin (all surplus). - Kantola excreted hurt (44.). Timeout Davos (59:11).

The results from Sunday: semi-finals: Team Canada - Nürnberg Ice Tigers 4:2 (3:0, 1:1, 0:1). KalPa Kuopio - Davos 2:1 (1:0, 0:0, 1:1). - Final on Monday (12.00). (dho/sda)

Created: 30.12.2018, 23:17 PM

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