Spengler Cup: Turco paces Canada to win in opener



Joel Kwiatkowski scored twice and Canada rode a five-goal first period to 7-1 victory Monday over HC Vitkovice Steel in its opening the Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland.

Domenic Pittis, Joel Perrault, Brett McLean, Rico Fata and Kurtis McLean also scored as Canada looked sharp at the annual event, launched in 1923 and considered the oldest invitational hockey tournament in the world.

Former NHLer Marty Turco made 30 saves for Canada, which fired 41 shots at HC Vitkovice’s Filip Sindelar.

Kwiatkowski’s second goal, on a second-period power play, gave Canada a 6-0 lead after 40 minutes.

Nathan Walker scored the only goal for HC Vitkovice, a club team from the Czech Republic, midway through the third period, before Kurtis McLean rounded out the scoring minutes later.

Canada will play host HC Davos on Wednesday.

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