What’s this? A tournament that isn’t the World Junior, but features past and future NHLers? It can only be the Spengler Cup!
Game Five, saw the last of the Torriani group, with Geneve-Servette HC and HC CSKA Moscow battling for top spot in the group.
Even though CSKA’s goal scorers were all former NHLers in Alexander Frolov, Alexander Radulov and Sergei Fedorov, it was two goals from former Ottawa Senator and Boston Bruin, Kaspars Daugavins, that got Geneve-Servette over the line in Overtime, to finish top of the Torriani Group.
Game Six. The final group game. Team Canada vs. HC Davos. Winner finishes top of the group. Loser faces the third placed team in the Torriani Group, the Rochester Americans in the next round. As hosts, Davos have home ice advantage, and it shows, as they managed to hold off Team Canada 3-2 to finish top.
The Knockout stage is quite unique in the Spengler Cup, as all six teams involved in the competition, are still active, and all have a chance of winning. How it works, is that the top team from each group gets a bye, whereas the second team in each group, plays the third team in the other group. For example, HC Davos won the Cattini Group, so they advance to the semifinals, where they will face the winner of the HC CSKA Moscow (2nd in the Torriani Group) and HC Viktovice Steel (3rd in the Cattini Group).
The other side of the draw sees Geneve-Servette HC get the bye, and advance to the semi finals, where they will face the winner of the Team Canada (2nd in the Cattini Group)/Rochester Americans (3rd in the Torriani Group) matchup.
Both Quarter-Finals will be played on December 29, the Semi Finals on December 30 and the Final, December 31. All dates are based on Central European Time.