DAVOS, SWITZERLAND (NEWS1130) – One-time Vancouver Canuck Byron Ritchie scored a shorthanded goal and a powerplay goal in the second period as Canada cruised past host HC Davos 5-0 at the Spengler Cup this afternoon.
Canada improved to 1-1 with the win, after dropping its opener 2-1 in overtime to German team Adler Mannheim on Wednesday.
The host team got into penalty trouble midway through the first period and it led to the opening goal as John Tavares blasted a one-timer past Reto Berra to make it 1-0 with Noah Schneeberger sitting in the penalty box for holding.
Just 45 seconds later Canada made it 2-0 as Ryan Smyth broke down the left side and let a slapshot go that beat Berra.
After Smyth took a penalty for tripping 4:25 into the second period, former Canucks first round draft pick Josh Holden fed Ritchie on an odd-man rush for his first of two goals.
Ritchie scored again with Canada on its sixth powerplay of the game to make it 4-0.
In the third period, Jason Williams fired a rebound off of a Matt Duchene shot from the slot to round out the scoring with just under six minutes to play.
Edmonton Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped all 25 shots he faced to earn the shutout including a number of breakaway saves.
Canada is off tomorrow and will be back in action on either Saturday or Sunday, depending on the outcome of tomorrow’s game between HC Davos and Adler Mannheim.