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Canada playing the waiting game for Spengler Cup semi-final opponent

Team Canada fans cheer during the 86th Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament match against HC Davos, in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012.

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Canada is off to the semi-final round at the Spengler Cup and didn't have to lace up its skates Friday to cement the berth.

Canada had the day off but received a bye to the semi-finals after H.C. Davos defeated Adler Mannheim 6-2 in the final preliminary round game for both teams.

Davos rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn the victory, which gave Canada (1-1, four points) top spot in its division and a bye to the semi-final round.

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Mannheim (1-1, two points) opened the tournament with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Canadians and would've clinched first in the conference with a victory over the Swiss club.

Davos (1-1, two points) dropped a 5-0 decision to Canada on Thursday which relegated it to the quarter-final round regardless of the outcome against Mannheim.

HC Vitkovice Steel defeated Fribourg Gotteron 2-1 on Friday to finish atop the other group with four points and receive a bye to the semi-final round.

On Saturday, Mannheim will face Fribourg Gotteron in one quarter-final game while Davos will take on Salavat Yulaev UFA in the other. The winners will advance to the semi-final round Sunday against Canada and HC Vitkovice Steel.

The semi-final victors will battle for the tournament championship Monday.

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