Canada opens Spengler Cup defence with 2-1 win over host HC Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland — Matt D’Agostini’s goal early in the second period stood as the winner as Canada held off HC Davos 2-1 on Wednesday in both teams’ opening game at the Spengler Cup.

Zach Boychuk opened scoring for Canada, while Zach Fucale made 24 saves for the win.

Thierry Bader ended Fucale’s shutout with less than two minutes remaining in the second period and Anders Lindback stopped 34 shots for HC Davos.

“Overall, I think we played well for our first game here,” said Canada head coach Kevin Dineen.

“They are a good team with a lot of experience and they applied some pressure late in the game. We were able to stick with it and come away with a win.”

HC Davos hosts what is considered the world’s oldest hockey tournament annually.

Although most participating teams in the event are club teams from around Europe, Hockey Canada puts together a team of free agents and other Canadians playing abroad to compete.

Canada has won the tournament 15 times since first taking part in 1984, including the past three years.

Neither team scored on the power play. Canada was 0 for 6 and HC Davos was 0 for 4.

Canada’s next game will be Friday against German club Nurnberg Ice Tigers

“There were a lot of positives in the game and a lot of things we can take in to Friday’s game,” said Dineen. ”We’ll also look to improve in a few areas as we progress through the tournament, but it’s nice to get the first win.”

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Red Deer loses out on funding for addiction clinic

$8 million divided among eight communities

Man accused in toddler son’s death inept parent, not murderer: defence

EDMONTON — A defence lawyer says a man who is accused of… Continue reading

Feds approve Alberta’s carbon tax on big industrial emitters

OTTAWA — The federal government is giving the Alberta government a passing… Continue reading

Kenney to meet Trudeau next week, discuss pipelines and equalization

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are… Continue reading

Social media furor forces cancellation of Blackfalds school dance

Wolf Creek Public Schools cancelled a school family dance this week after… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: Ethical and sustainable gifts for the season

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Tuesday The Central Alberta Council on Aging will hold its Christmas General… Continue reading

Man accused in toddler son’s death inept parent, not murderer: defence

EDMONTON — A defence lawyer says a man who is accused of… Continue reading

Feds approve Alberta’s carbon tax on big industrial emitters

OTTAWA — The federal government is giving the Alberta government a passing… Continue reading

Kenney to meet Trudeau next week, discuss pipelines and equalization

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are… Continue reading

Leon Draisaitl, Alex Chiasson score early power-play goals, Oilers beat Kings 2-1

Oilers 2 Kings 1 EDMONTON — Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson each… Continue reading

‘Things haven’t changed enough.’ Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

MONTREAL — There were promises to end violence against women and solemn… Continue reading

Appeal denied: Man who killed couple, their grandson wanted conviction quashed

CALGARY — Alberta’s top court has upheld the conviction of a man… Continue reading

Central Alberta high school football leagues hand out annual awards

The high school football season officially concluded with the annual all-star banquet… Continue reading

Most Read