Kevin Clark scores two as Canada returns to Spengler Cup final


Team Canada's Kevin Clark, center, celebrates after scoring his side opening goal with Team Canada's Maxim Noreau, right, during the game between Team Canada and TPS Turku, at the 93th Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

DAVOS, Switzerland — Canada is off to the Spengler Cup final for the fifth year in a row.

The national men’s hockey team defeated TPS Turku of Finland 6-0 in semifinal action at the annual Christmas tournament on Monday.

Kevin Clark, with two goals and one assist, Paul Postma, Chris DiDomenico, Eric Faille and Kris Versteeg scored for Canada (3-0).

The Winnipeg-born Clark now has six goals in the tournament.

"Turku came out hard and challenged us early in the game, but after we scored the first goal I thought our team settled in and started to gain some momentum," Canada captain Maxime Noreau said. "(Goaltender) Zach (Fucale) was great in net and was a very calming presence for our group.

"We are excited to carry this momentum into tomorrow’s Spengler Cup final, and work to produce a different end result than last year."

Goaltender Zach Fucale notched the 19-save shutout for Canada.

In Tuesday’s final, Canada will face Trinec Ocelari. The team from the Czech Republic beat Ambri-Piotta of Switzerland 3-2 in overtime in the second semifinal on Monday.

Canada won three Spengler Cups in a row before losing last year’s final in a shootout against KalPa Kuopio of Finland.

Canada has won the Spengler Cup 15 times.

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