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Davos defeats Frolunda and reaches the final

Davos defeats Frolunda and reaches the final

Davos returns to the Spengler Cup final after an absence of more than 10 years.Photo: EPA Keystone

Host Davos reaches the Spengler Cup final for the first time since 2012. Josh Holden's side beat Frolunda Gothenburg 4-3 after extra time in the semi-finals.

The winner of the match for the Davos team was reserve player Henrik Haapala, who scored the famous winning goal 51 seconds into extra time. The Finn usually plays for Lausanne HC.

The shooting ratio in the middle third was 15:3 in favor of Davos. Graubünden played unleashed. But they trailed 1-2 in the 23rd minute. Zuger's former Karl Klingberg scored Frölunda's goal with a “Buebetrickli”. The Davos team only took 90 seconds to respond, and then Dennis Rasmussen equalized to make the score 2-2. Lars Johansson initially blocked the Swedish ball before slotting home the rebound.

This was Rasmussen's third goal and fifth scorer's point in this tournament. He scored the first two goals in a 4-1 win in the group match against Frolunda. HCD continued to power, but was unable to capitalize on two power plays. In the 36th minute, the score was 3-2. Enzo Corvi took advantage of a poor pass from Henrik Tomernes, Geneva Servette's long-time defense minister, and beat Johansson with a wrist shot that didn't look improbable.

The fact that the defending Swiss champion did not exploit his advantage in the middle section almost amounted to revenge. Because in the final third, the Davos team is no longer able to play with the same intensity. In the 53rd minute, Frolunda tied the score at 3-3 on the power play thanks to Malte Stromwall, and the four-time Champions Hockey League winners then came close to making it 4-3 heading into extra time. In the 54th minute, Linus Oberg failed to hit the post.

Defender Calle Anderson put Davos ahead 1-0 in the fifth minute, then Eric Borg equalized in the 15th minute. The opponent in the final is either Team Canada or Pardubice. HCD last won the Spengler Cup in 2011.

Davos – Frolunda Gothenburg 4:3 (1:1, 2:1, 0:1, 1:0) post-match
6,267 spectators (sold out).
SR Hribik/Lemelin (Czech/USA), Lederer/Cattaneo (Czech/Switzerland).
Portals: 5. Anderson (Breastedt, Nordstrom) 1:0. 15. Borg (Halfgewachs, Inala) 1: 1. 23. (22:03) Klingberg 1: 2. 24. (23:33) Rasmussen (Haapala, Jung) 2:2. 36. Korvi 3:2. 53. Stromwall (Högberg, Inala/Rasmussen excluded) 3:3. 61. Habala 4:3.
punish: 2 times and 2 minutes against Davos, 4 times and 2 minutes against Frolunda.
comments: 54. Shot against the post by Oberg (Frolunda)


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