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HC Genève-Servette spoil party for Kinrade, Team Canada at Spengler Cup

Geoff Kinrade, standing middle row next to head coach Doug Shedden, and the rest of Team Canada will have to wait until next year to add another medal to the Hockey Canada hardware case. — Photo courtesy Hockey Canada

There will be no Spengler Cup gold medal in Geoff Kinrade's stocking this year.

The Nelson Minor Hockey grad saw his Team Canada teammates fall 6-5 to HC Genève-Servette Skaters in semi final round action at the Spengler Cup Monday in Davos, Switzerland.

Former NHLer Matthew Lombardi did most of the damage, scoring twice while adding a pair of assists to lead HC Genève-Servette to the victory.

HC Genève-Servette now faces CSKA Moscow in the final after the Russian squad edged host Davos 5-4.

HC Genève-Servette held period leads of 2-0 and 4-2, increasing the margin to 6-3 in the third before Team Canada rallied for two late goals.

Arnaud Jacquemet, Inti Pestoni, Daniel Vukovic and Denis Hollenstein also scored for HC Genève-Servette.

Alexandre Giroux, Jacob Micflikier, Jacob Micflikier, former Trail Smokie defenceman Travis Roche and Jason Williams replied for Team Canada, which out shot the winners 55-24 — including a 24-8 margin in the third period.

Allen York and Matthew Hackett, the latter of the Rochester Americans, played goal for Team Canada. Hackett was added to the Team Canada roster after Chris Mason was injured.

Kinrade, the second consecutive season the Nelson native has played for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup, finished the game with an assist on the second period goal by Giroux.

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

Team Canada consisted of players currently on European teams.

Kinrade is a member of SC Bern of the of the Swiss Nationaliga and is a graduate of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League's Nelson Leafs.

Roche, from Grand Cache, Alta., played for the Smokies in 1997-98 season.

Roche, 35, is a teammate of Kinrade at SC Bern.