Canada’s opening game at the 2014 Deutschland Cup ended in disappointment, dropping a 4-1 loss to Slovakia on Friday.

Made up of Canadians playing in Europe, Canada struggled in their last Deutschland Cup appearance, coming in fourth place. The game started off negatively for the only North American representative, as former Montreal Canadiens prospect Juraj Mikus got the ball rolling with a goal 15:20 into the first.

The second period saw Canada battle harder, leading Slovakia in shots 13-11 in the middle frame. However, a late period goal by Radek Deyl rendered the momentum useless with a goal from the blue line. It was the only goal of the second, which saw the Slovaks escape the period with a 2-0 lead.

The lone Canadian was scored early in the third by Micki Dupont, a standout each December with the Canadian Spengler Cup roster. The 5-on-3 power-play goal was assisted by Steve Reinprecht, who had a lengthy NHL career as a journeyman forward.

Any chance of a Canadian comeback ended 1:48 into the period, just 28 seconds after Dupont’s goal. With Slovakia still down a man, Adam Lapsansky managed to score a nice shorthanded goal, beating Sebastian Caron for the 3-1 goal. Roman Rac added a fourth goal for Slovakia later in the period, capping off the 4-1 victory to open up the tournament.

Canada will play again tomorrow against Switzerland, a contest that will begin at 1:45 PM EST.

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