Canada’s National Men’s Team
pushed for a third-period comeback but dropped a 2-1 decision to host HC
Davos at the 2022 Spengler Cup, leaving it third in the Cattini Group in
the preliminary round.
Brett Connolly (Campbell River, B.C./HC Lugano, NL)
scored his third goal in two games late in the second period.
Thomas Grégoire (Sherbrooke, Que./Lukko Rauma, Liiga)
and Wyatt Kalynuk (Brandon, Man./Abbotsford, AHL) had
Connor Hughes (London, Ont./HC Fribourg-Gottéron, NL)
made 22 saves in his Team Canada debut.
Canada outshot HC Davos 29-24.
Canada vs. TBD (quarterfinal) – Thursday, Dec. 29 (9:10
a.m. ET/6:10 a.m. PT)
“I thought as a team game, we played a lot better and a lot more connected,
which is what I envisioned our team doing. It’s tough, we got two unlucky
bounces to start the game. Give our team credit, they stuck with their
game. I really believe we were a better team tonight than we were last game
against a pretty good team; that Davos team is fast.”
Head coach Travis Green (Castlegar, B.C.) on his assessment of the game
“I thought we played okay. It was a tough start; give [HC Davos] credit,
they had a really good start, they got their building into it and it was
tough to chase again. Now we need to win three [in a row], so I think if
our group can get a win and get that confidence, it will be huge. Hopefully
we can just regroup. It’s not going to be easy, but with our system and our
style of play we just need everybody playing their best the next three
games. There’s a confidence in our group we can do that and we’re going to
give it everything we have.”
- Connolly on staying positive in the face of adversity
“I think we keep getting better throughout the tournament. The results
haven’t been there with guys, including me, we’re just a little bit off on
our finish around the net but we’re feeling every period like we’re getting
a little bit better. Davos is a good team, they brought in players from
around Switzerland to help them out this tournament and they have a good
team. The last two periods were definitely ours and after yesterday,
regardless we knew we were going to have to play three more games and we
have to do that moving forward.”
Daniel Carr (Sherwood Park, Alta./HC Lugano, NL) on looking ahead
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