When Don Hay suggested returning goaltender Mark Visentin was coming into camp with a job, it seemed Hockey Canada had a clear plan to execute between the pipes.
After two games, it is no clearer as to who will share the crease with the Niagara IceDogs netminder. Tyler Bunz, Louis Domingue and Scott Wedgewood have all auditioned well in what continues to be a three-horse race for the right to back up Visentin at the World Junior Championship.
“I think it’s good the competition is tough like that,” Hay said. “There were some question marks about our goaltenders coming in.”
If there were questions about goaltenders, Canada’s shooters haven’t found the answer yet. In two games, Canadian hopefuls have scored just seven goals, one an empty-netter.
“It’s pretty amazing how the goalies are doing,” Bunz said. “There has been a criticism on the goaltending and how it’s going to shape up to be come the tournament but I think all the Canadian fans and the coaches should have a lot of confidence in the goalies no matter who they take.”
Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast said the decision to which goaltender to accompany Visentin continues to get cloudier.
“Absolutely, which is great,” he said. “They’ve played as capable as we thought when they’re at their best.”
Wedgewood, who tends the twine for the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers, isn’t sure how Hockey Canada is going to decide on just two goalies.
“We’re all playing well, all four of us,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough decision for those guys to pick the final two. It’s going to be tough for them to final it up.”
It might just take a new plan from Hay to sort out the crowded crease at Canada’s camp.
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