Two-time world champion Patrick Chan of Toronto settled for silver at Skate Canada International, falling on his triple Axel en route to finishing second behind Javier Fernandez of Spain.
The 21-year-old Chan, who is known for his rocky starts to the season, has new choreographers, new programs and a new lead coach in Kathy Johnson this season, and said he wasn't dismayed by the result.
"I've won these competitions before and for me it goes beyond winning," Chan said. "It's become a learning process and taking this and taking it step by step for the world championships -- worlds is my end goal, and it's my only goal, and the year after that will be the Olympics."
Chan landed his opening quad toe loop but touched a hand down on his second one in his program to "La Boheme." He finished with 243.43 points overall.
Fernandez fell on his opening quad, but landed two more to finish with 253.94.
"It was my first gold internationally, so it just feels amazing," Fernandez said. "It's not about Patrick, it's about all the skaters. Patrick is still Patrick, he's a star. Of course he could have skated better. But it's only one competition, there's a lot of competitions in this year."
Nobunari Oda of Japan won the bronze.