Drew MacIntyre makes 22 saves as Canada wins opener at Spengler Cup

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Yekaterinburg's Petr Koukal, front left, tries to score against Team Canada's goalkeeper, Drew MacIntyre, during the game between Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg and Team Canada, at the 89th Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament in Davos, Switzerland, on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. 

Cory Conacher scores winner

Cory Conacher scored the winner as Canada opened the Spengler Cup with a 2-1 victory over Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg on Saturday.

Trevor Carrick also chipped in for the Canadians (1-0-0), who got 22 saves from Drew MacIntyre.

Alexander Torchenyuk had the lone goal for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (0-1-0), a team from the KHL. Igor Ustinsky turned aside 25 shots in net.

Carrick opened the scoring for Canada with under a second remaining in the first period on a slap shot from the left hashmarks. The puck was tipped off a Yekaterinburg defenceman's stick and into the back of the net. The play was briefly reviewed before being ruled a good goal.

The Canadians outshot Yekaterinburg 13-5 in the first period at Vaillant Arena.

Torchenyuk tied the game 1-1 with a short-handed goal on a partial breakaway midway through the second period.

Canada regained the lead at 13:15 of the second when Conacher received a saucer pass from Derek Roy before bursting down the left-hand side and lifting a backhanded shot past Ustinsky.

Yekaterinburg got into penalty trouble at the start of the third period and gave Canadians a pair of 5-on-3 opportunities, which they failed to convert on.

Canada finished the game 0-for-7 on the power play with Yekaterinburg going scoreless on two chances.

The Canadians are back in action on Monday when they face HC Davos.

Notes: Matthew Lombardi was named Canada's captain prior to the game. ... The Canadians last won the Spengler Cup in 2012.

Geographic location: Canada, Davos

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