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Team Canada rocks HC Davos 5-0, Nelson's Geoff Kinrade picks up assist in victory

Bruce Fuhr
By Bruce Fuhr
December 27th, 2012

Team Canada rallied behind the 25-save performance of netminder Devan Dubnyk to dump the host club 5-0 Thursday at the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.

Geoff Kinrade of Nelson is a member of the Team Canada defensive squad.

The win evens Canada’s record at the International Club Tournament to 1-1.

HC Davos hosts Adler Mannheim of Germany Friday.

A win by the host team should give Canada a bye into the semi final round.

Canada was led by former Vancouver Canuck Byron Ritchie, scoring twice in the second period.

Team Canada also received goals from New York Islander star John Tavares and Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers in the first period.

Jason Williams former of the Detroit Red Wings completed the scoring in the third.

Kinrade, a rock on the Team Canada defence, finished the game with an assist after getting in on Ritchie’s first goal — a short handed tally that gave the visitors a 3-0 lead.

Canada, opening the tournament with a 2-1 overtime loss to Adler Mannheim , now awaits to see the result of Friday’s HC Davos/ Adler Mannhei.

If Adler Mannheim wins Team Canada will play a quarter final match Saturday. Time, TBA.

For updated information go to:

http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/197932/la_id/1.htm

Kinrade, Team Canada fall 2-1 on opening day of Spengler Cup

It’s definitely not the start Geoff Kinrade and Team Canada were looking for at the 2012 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.

Jason Pominville scored on a breakaway three minutes into overtime Wednesday as Adler Mannheim shocked Canada 2-1 victory.

The goal came seconds after Boston’s Patrice Bergeron was stopped on a breakaway by Adler Mannheim netminder Dennis Endra.

Despite losing in extra time, Canada earned a point and now faces tournament hosts HC Davos Thursday (11:15 a.m. TSN).

The game marked the first time in his career Kinrade, a native of Nelson, has slipped on the Team Canada jersey.

“It’s incredible to be able to play on this team,” the Nelson Minor Hockey product told The Nelson Daily before the tournament started.

“I’ve never been able to represent Canada before. . .. It’s every player’s team to be able to represent his country.”

Kinrade was selected to play for Team Canada after toiling with SC Bern of the Swiss Nationaliga.

He received plenty of ice time on the blueline for the Canadian squad.

“We have eight defensemen on our roster since we play a possible four games in five days,” Kinrade explained.

“The guys who are already here playing in Europe are in the middle or our season and this week is supposed to be a time to rest and rehab our bodies,” he added.

“So I don’t know how many games each of us will play but it will be great time regardless.”

The Spengler Cup, originating in 1923, is an annual ice hockey tournament held in Davos and is considered the oldest invitational ice hockey tournament in the world.

This year’s Spengler Cup includes Canada’s National Men’s Team, Adler Mannheim (Germany) and HC Davos (Switzerland), the host team, playing in the Cattini Group, and HC Fribourg-Gottéron (Switzerland), HC Vitkovice Steel (Czech Republic) and Salavat Yulaev Ufa (Russia) playing in the Torriani Group.

Team Canada consists of currently on teams playing in Europe, as well as others available due to the NHL lockout.

Team Canada’s roster includes the likes of Ryan Smith of the Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, Boston’s Patrice Bergeron as well as Kinrade’s teammates, Byron Ritchie and John Tavares.

“It will be very exciting to play with family and friends being able to watch.” Kinrade said.

“I’m sure more people will tune in since we have half a team of NHL players.”

For more information on the game go to the Hockey Canada website:

http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/75138/la_id/1/game_id/197894/season_id/197877/ss_id/197926/

 

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