After Tuesday's Red vs. White intrasquad match-up, Team Canada head coach Steve Spott lauded all four of the goaltenders at camp, stating they were making narrowing down the trio the team takes to Ufa, Russia very hard.
That decision didn't get any easier on Wednesday as all four netminders once again put forth strong showings against the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
"I've said from day one, there are four real good goaltenders here," Spott said. "No one has been anointed the starting goaltender so this battle is going to continue to take place. We are taking three goaltenders over and whoever starts on the 26th, in my mind, is still wide open.
"I think both goaltenders for the U of A played very, very well. I can say that."
Calgary Flames prospect Laurent Brossoit, who suited up U of A, played the first half of the game and acquitted himself nicely against the likes of Hunter Shinkaruk, Nathan MacKinnon, Ty Rattie and Jonathan Drouin.
Highlights from Brossoit's 30:00 of play include an excellent close-range pad save on Tom Wilson, who barreled in on the netminder, and his patience when Travis Graovac was bearing down on him on a breakaway. He calmly outwaited the pivot, making an easy pad save when Graovac ran out of real estate and was forced to take a bad angle shot.
All in all, Brossoit stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced in a period and a half.
"I felt good out there," the 19 year-old said. "I was lucky enough for the U of A come out strong. They came out to play and they did a great job keeping them to the perimeter. I was lucky enough that I was seeing the puck.
"I was in one of those zones where I wanted more shots. I wanted them to keep coming but U of A did a good job of keeping them contained."
Team Canada had a slow start to the game, allowing three goals before finding a way to beat Brossoit. Defenceman Frank Corrado scored his second goal in as many games when his wrister from the hashmarks bounced of a U of A defender and into the net.
"It was going wide and it went off our defenceman and in," Brossoit explained. "There was nothing I could do there."
U of A struck again at 12:37 of the second frame on the power play. With Tom Wilson in the sin bin, Torrie Dyck sent a snapshot on net that alluded Jordan Binnington, scoring his second of the game.
Team Canada was unable to generate any offence in the third period and fell 4-1 to the Golden Bears.
For some players, today's game was their final audition with Team Canada as the coaching staff will be making cuts later this afternoon and evening.
"It's going to be nerve-wracking," Brossoit said. "Even though I feel like I played pretty well so far in my two games. You still don't want to get phone call. You never know what's going on in their heads."
TEAM CANADA LINES, DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS & GOALTENDERS:
Jonathan Drouin - Sean Monahan - Ty Rattie
Hunter Shinkaruk - Nathan MacKinnon - JC Lipon
Anthony Camara - Tyler Graovac - Daniel Catenacci
Francis Beauvillier - Mark McNeill - Tom Wilson
Griffin Reinhart - Ryan Murphy
Derrick Pouliot - Frank Corrado
Tyler Wotherspoon - Ryan Sproul
Adam Pelech - Matthew Dumba
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