Who needs a goalie?

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The view from the press box, on a night Team Canada could probably play Rejean Beauchemin's dad, Gilles, in goal and beat the Germans. Hey, if they can do it on the Worldstars Tour, why not at the world juniors? DO THE MATH:

I know it doesn't always work this way, but if Sweden can beat Germany, 6-0, and Canada demolishes Sweden, 8-1, shouldn't Canada-Germany be over by the first TV time-out? ... Chris Semrau of the Ralph Engelstad Arena tells us tickets remain for the medal round, including some singles for the gold-medal final ... Read in the paper here how Winnipeg's own Ace Burpee, the radio deejay and occasional Sun contributor, blames Winnipeggers for not filling The Ralph for Team Canada games. What, now we're responsible for selling out a world junior tournament in the Unexcited States? Don't know what you're watching, Ace, but from what I've seen we hosers have done our part. It's the Yanks who continue to miss the boat.

KID SID: Canadian coach Brent Sutter says the most impressive part of young Sid Crosby's game is his work ethic, and the more I see of the kid, the more I agree. Can't say the same for most of the Canucks early in this one. Seems the Germans' game of sitting back is catching ... Speaking of the flu bug, The Sun's own Ken Wiebe spent one day this week playing hurt, giving new meaning to the term, The Ralph ... A perfect, three-way passing play by Anthony Stewart, Michael Richards and Andrew Ladd, and Ladd has the game's first goal 10 minutes in. That opens the floodgates, and it's 4-0 by the time the first period ends ... Funny thing is, German goalie Youri Ziffzer has already made 21 saves, or about two full games work for a Team Canada stopper.

FOOD FIGHT? An arena security guard passed on this little tidbit yesterday. Word is a scrap between a Czech and Belarussian player in a game Christmas Day carried over into a hotel banquet room after the game. Don't know if it's true, but it's a helluva story ... Ryan Getzlaf just made it 5-0 with a top-shelf, backhand deke most players this age see only in their dreams ... Halfway through the second, the Germans switch goalies, marking the first time in world junior history a team has ever pulled a Ziffzer ... I have no idea what that means, either ... A scoreboard malfunction causes the horn to go off prematurely, and the fans are letting the folks at The Ralph have it.

REST FOR REG: Through 40 minutes, Beauchemin, the St. Boniface product, has nine saves. I can remember a couple of them ... German forward Florian Busch was the tournament's penalty-minute leader going into last night's action. It's not the first time a Bush has been accused of being an international bully ... You have to go all the way down to ninth place to find a Canadian on the penalty list. Don Cherry would not be amused ... 'Pegger Cam Barker's first-period goal was the first by a Canadian defenceman. Get the feeling that's not a cause for alarm for Sutter, though. With the forwards at his disposal, Sutter would probably be happy if his D simply keeps its own end neat and tidy.

NICE TRIBUTE: In case you were wondering whose face was painted on Swedish goalie Christopher Heino-Lindberg's mask the other day, it was that of the late Pelle Lindbergh, the great Swedish 'tender killed in a car accident in 1985 ... Back to the game, where Crosby gets his second of the night to lead the tournament with six. Any questions left about whether the guy can dominate this thing at 17? The record for goals: Sweden's Markus Naslund got 13 in '93 ... So did Canada suffer a letdown tonight? The answer is nein. As in 9-0.


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