GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- If this was Rejean Beauchemin's only shot at stepping into the crease in a game situation during the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championship, at least he made the most of it. Stepping in for starting goalie Jeff Glass, Beauchemin made 17 saves to lead Canada to a 9-0 victory over Germany last night before a crowd of 8,404 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
It was Beauchemin's first game action since turning aside 14 shots in a 5-0 shutout win over Switzerland last Wednesday at the MTS Centre, but the Philadelphia Flyers draft pick looked comfortable throughout the game.
"In a tournament like this and games like this, it's not hard to get up for the games," said Beauchemin. "We've been practising at high intensity since we've been together and I've got the greatest shooters shooting on me in practice, so I was ready to go."
Nerves were not a factor for Beauchemin, who took every chance he could to play the puck.
"Throughout the day I felt pretty good," said Beauchemin. "A couple of shots in, I settled down and once we got a few goals on the board, it was smooth sailing from there. I was just there to do my job.
"(Playing the puck) is something I look for and is something the coaching staff really wants us to do. As long as we have good communication with our defencemen, it's a plus for us."
Glass is expected to be back between the pipes tomorrow night against Finland in what will be Canada's final game of the round robin and could ultimately determine the winner of Pool B.
Fellow Winnipegger Cam Barker got a thrill of his own late in the first period when he scored a power play goal.
Barker utilized a perfect screen in front from Jeff Carter and wired his wrist shot high to the glove side of German keeper Youri Ziffzer.
"I don't think it would have gone in otherwise," said Barker. "It was a great feeling to help the team out."
It was also a great to see Beauchemin be rewarded with a shutout.
"It's was huge for him, he's been working hard this whole time," said Barker. "For him to come in, play well and play the puck well was great for him."
The Barker marker came 47 seconds after Sidney Crosby scored his fifth power play goal of the tournament, this one during a two-man advantage.
The third member of the Manitoba contingent, Nigel Dawes, also got in on the offensive attack with a pair of assists.
Dawes set up the sixth goal of the game, a wrist shot by Anthony Stewart that snuck through the five-hole and the eighth of the night, feeding Crosby for a one-handed redirection at 14:34 of the third.