Canada launches its Spengler Cup with a win against Mountfield

Photo: Melanie Duchene / Keystone via Associated Press
David McIntyre fights for the puck against two players of the Mountfield HK.

Davos (Switzerland) — David McIntyre scored the winning goal short of a player in the third period, in addition to adding a helper to help Canada defeat Mountfield HK 5-3 in its first game of the Spengler Cup.


Victor Bartley, Curtis Hamilton, Mason Raymond and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, empty net, also scored for the Canadians (1-0). Barry Brust made 31 stops in front of the net.


Andris Dzerins, Oskars Cibulskis and Lukas Vopelka have foiled Brust. His vis-à-vis Patrik Rybar has blocked 21 washers.


A test before the olympics


Canada has won the last two editions of this tournament, and uses this year the competition as a final assessment in view of the olympic Games in Pyeongchang. He will decide of his olympic training in January.


After that Vopelka had opened the scoring midway in the first, Bartley has benefited from a bond wayward drive on the ramp before it deflects onto the pad Rybar to create equality. With less than a minute to make the commitment, Hamilton has cleverly deflects the backhand a pass over the blocker of Rybar, while he was posted in the enclave.


But Mountfield has not let go and Cibulskis was 2-2 in the return from the break. Raymond, however, has taken advantage of the advantage of a man to make it 3-2 with a powerful shot from the edge benefit of digital, 9 min 34 sec


McIntyre scored the winning goal at 13 min 05 sec sec the third. Dzerins has brought Mountfiled a goal later in the period, but Parenteau has ended the debate.


Canada, who will play against HC Davos on Thursday, scored a goal in four numerical advantages. Mountfield has been milled three times.