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Giroux, Conacher rally Canada to berth in Spengler Cup tournament final

DAVOS, Switzerland — Alexandre Giroux and Cory Conacher scored third-period goals just over a minute apart to rally Canada to an exciting 6-5 semifinal win over HC Davos on Wednesday at the Spengler Cup.

Giroux's goal at 15:26 tied the contest 5-5 before Conacher scored the game winner 65 seconds later. Perttu Lindgren had put HC Davos ahead 5-4 at 7:33 after Canada erased an early 4-1 deficit at Vaillant Arena.

Canada will face either Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg or HC Lugano in the final Thursday. The Canadians, who also defeated HC Davos 2-0 on Monday, will be looking for their first Spengler Cup title since 2012.

Matt Ellison had two goals and an assist for Canada, which outshot Davos 45-28. Tom Pyatt and Chris DiDomenico also scored.

Gregory Sciaroni, Sven Ryser, Tino Kessler, Felicien Du Bois had the other goals for HC Davos.

Canada finished 2-of-6 on the power play while Davos converted on one of its two chances with the man advantage.

Davos opened the contest impressively, surging to an early 2-0 lead before finishing the first with a 3-1 advantage.

Sciaroni opened the scoring on the power play at 6:16 of the first before Ryser made it 2-0 just 23 seconds later. Pyatt cut the deficit to 2-1 with the man advantage at 9:52 before Kessler made it a 3-1 contest at 18:52.

Du Bois gave Davos a three-goal lead at 6:43 of the second before DiDomenico started Canada's comeback at 7:05. Ellison's goals at 9:33 (power play) and 18:37 (even strength) rallied the Canadians to the 4-4 tie heading into the final period.

The Canadians finished the preliminary round with a 2-0 mark while the Davos squad was 0-2 before downing Jokerit 5-4 in overtime in its quarter-final game Tuesday.

The Canadian Press

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