Canada concluded the preliminary round of the Spengler Cup dead last in their group on Tuesday after losing 2-1 to host city club HC Davos.
Thus, for the first time in the history of this competition, the maple leaf lost its first two duels.
After a 3 to 2 defeat as a curtain raiser against HC Sparta Prague, the Canadian team once again suffered the repercussions of a bad start to the match. After only 1 min 55 s. game, the Swiss club led 2 to 0.
A few moments after the initial face-off, Enzo Corvi took advantage of a fall by Quebec defender Thomas Grégoire behind the Canadian goal. The one who is in his 11th season with HC Davos spotted American veteran Andrew Rowe at the mouth of the net, and the latter opened the scoring.
The scenario repeated itself less than two minutes later. This time, a reversal of the maple leaf allowed Dennis Rasmussen to become an accomplice to the success of Leon Bristedt.
Powerless on these two sequences, goalkeeper Connor Hughes nevertheless did better than his colleague Michael Hutchinson, who had pulled out the day before. Hughes stopped 22 pucks in the loss.
Scoring twice in Game 1, Brett Connolly added as Canada's lone scorer. At the end of the second period, his veiled shot beat Sandro Aeschlimann. The Swedish goalkeeper stopped the other 28 opposing attempts.
Travis Green's troop has no room for error. They will play their quarter-final match against the second-best team in the Torriani group on Thursday. HC Ambri Piotta, Örebro HK, or IFK Helsinki could be his next opponent.