It wasn’t pretty, but it counts.
Team Canada opened up their Spengler Cup tournament with a 2-1 win over the hosts, HC Davos.
Zach Fucale was phenomenal making massive saves in the second and third period, while the penalty kill held strong to shut down a skilled host squad.
Former Hurricane Zach Boychuk opened the scoring with a lucky bounce off his skate. The questionable goal appeared to be offside, but none the less counted.
Montreal draft pick Matt D’Agostini put one through Lindbäck to double Team Canada’s lead in the second period.
Youngster (1997) Thierry Bader, who only has one goal this season went end to end after pickpocketing a Canadian and sniped on Fucale to make it 2-1.
The physical play continued in the third, but the goaltenders stole the show for the second straight 2-1 final score of the day.
Team Canada went 0/6 on the powerplay despite having a couple great chances and a goal called off. Davos wasn’t much better.
Next up, Team Canada will face the Nuremberg Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the DEL on Friday.
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