Finland provides first test

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Bring on the Finns.

After spending the last week competing against one another, members of Canada's world junior team have an opportunity tonight to take out their frustrations on Finland.

The exhibition game is slated for 7:35 p.m. at the MTS Centre.

"We know they've got a pretty decent sized team and good goaltending," said head coach Brent Sutter. "My philosophy as a coach is to make sure we do things right, pay attention to what we want to do, pay attention to the details we're implementing in the game. You need to make teams adjust to you."

Sutter said Jeff Glass of the Kootenay Ice will start in goal tonight.

When asked if that meant that Winnipeg's Rejean Beauchemin would get the call on Wednesday night against Switzerland, Sutter was non-committal.

"We'll see after tomorrow night's game," said Sutter. "It depends how things go here over the next two exhibition games, but right now (Glass) is certainly the guy we're looking at possibly to be our starter on the 25th (against Slovakia). Is that 100% for sure? No."

Glass has been steady throughout Canada's camp but didn't see a lot of shots in any of the game action, so he's excited about getting between the pipes against Finland.

"I know a few guys from the Finnish team from the Western League, so it should be fun," said Glass. "They'll be fast, they'll be skilled, like all European teams are. There's no red-line and it's the first time I've played with that. You have to be careful for the stretch pass."

Finland's roster includes eight drafted players, including 2004 first rounders Lauri Tukonen, Petteri Nokelainen and Lauri Korpikoski and three WHL players, Mikko Kuukka of the Red Deer Rebels, Aki Seitsonen of the Prince Albert Raiders and Masi Majamaki of the Moose Jaw Warriors.

"Everyone in the room is excited," said Team Canada defenceman Dion Phaneuf. "From my international experience, Finland definitely does play the closest to the North American game. They're very skilled and they like to take the body."

Injured defenceman Brent Seabrook skated again yesterday after practice with team physician Dr. Ian Auld but remains day-to-day with a shoulder problem.


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