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Canada falls to host HC Davos 2-1 to open Spengler Cup

Davos' Beat Forster, left, scores past Team Canada's goalkeeper Nolan Schaefer, center, and Marc Andre Gragnani during the match between Switzerland’s HC Davos and Team Canada at the 88th Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Schneider)
December 26, 2014 - 6:28 PM

DAVOS, Switzerland - Leonardo Genoni turned away 36 shots as host HC Davos hung on to defeat Canada 2-1 on Friday in preliminary action at the 88th Spengler Cup.

Genoni was at his best in the second period— stopping all 18 shots his way— to keep it 1-0 HC Davos heading into the final period.

Forward Alexandre Giroux put Canada (0-0-0-1) on the board with a power-play goal at 9:10 of the third, however it was not enough to erase HC Davos' two-goal lead. Defenceman Marc-Andre Gragnani picked up an assist on the goal.

Beat Forster gave HC Davos (1-0-0-0) a 1-0 advantage at 7:34 of the first and Dick Axelsson doubled his club's lead with a power-play goal at 7:50 of the third.

HC Davos went 1 for 3 on the power play while the Canadians scored once on four chances with the man advantage.

Earlier in the day, Swiss club HC Geneva Servette broke out to a three-goal lead and held on to defeat Salavat Ufa of the KHL 3-2 in round-robin play.

Canada returns to the ice Saturday against the KHL's Medvescak Zagreb.

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