Canadians can't let up vs. Germany

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:48 PM ET

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- For their next act, Team Canada must show an ability to overcome the lure of a letdown. Canada will attempt to improve to 3-0 in the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championship tonight against 0-2 Germany, knowing a victory would put them in prime position to earn a bye into the semi-final.

Canada's coaching staff and several players watched Germany get thumped 6-0 by Sweden on Sunday night, but that doesn't mean they expect a cake-walk.

"I expect them to come in, compete and play very, very hard," Canada's head coach Brent Sutter said after beating Sweden 8-1 yesterday afternoon. "We've got to be ready to play. Again, it's a situation where you make subtle adjustments to other teams but at the same time, you want to play the game you want to play and dictate how the game needs to be played."

Winnipegger Rejean Beauchemin will start in goal for Canada.

It was a good-news, bad-news type of day for Canada on the injury front yesterday.

Defenceman Brent Seabrook (shoulder) and forward Jeremy Colliton (knee) returned to the lineup yesterday.

Seabrook, who finished with two assists, saw ample time on the power play and was worked into the rotation during 5-on-5 play.

It was his first game action since taking a hit from Jeff Carter during the Red/White scrimmage during Canada's evaluation camp.

"That's the way it was but I was happy to get into the lineup, get out there and get some shifts any way I could," said Seabrook. "Everything was awesome. I felt really good. It was fun to be out there helping the guys."

Colliton, meanwhile, was limited to only two shifts after he re-injured his knee less than eight minutes into the first period.

Canada defenceman Dion Phaneuf hit Swedish forward Johannes Salmonsson with an open-ice bodycheck and as Salmonsson fell to the ice, he got tangled up with Colliton, who fell awkwardly to the ground and left the playing surface favouring his right knee.

Colliton returned to the bench late in the first, but didn't see the ice again.


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