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SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:07 PM ET

Devan Dubnyk needed only one word to describe his feelings after being named to the Canadian national junior team.

"Relieved," said the Edmonton Oilers' 2004 first-round draft pick.

Coming into the final selection camp, Dubnyk was one of four goaltenders in the hunt for two spots. But by the end of the tryout, he was one of three stragglers in the mix for just one - Justin Pogge of the Calgary Hitmen having sewn up the other.

Dubnyk won out by overcoming a poor showing in the first intersquad game and rising to the challenge with the UBC Thunderbirds Thursday night.

"I'll admit that the camp didn't go as well as I would have liked," said Dubnyk yesterday as the Canadian team headed for a weekend of practice and bonding in Chase, B.C.

Team Canada begins its quest for a second straight world junior championship on Boxing Day in Vancouver against Finland.

"I tried to move on as best as I could after the first game," added Dubnyk. "I was a little bit nervous. I didn't play that bad but it was a little less than what I needed to be. I was pretty disappointed in myself and it got tougher when the media jumped all over it.

'ONLY ONE GAME'

"But it was only one game. I feel I made some good saves in the second game. I was glad I got to be on the university team (UBC) because I was going to get a lot of shots.

"I never went in thinking I had to redeem myself. I was just focused on stopping every single puck I should and then a couple more."

Dubnyk was the lone goaltender in contention this year who had been at the national team camp last winter. After being cut by head coach Brent Sutter and then seeing the 2005 edition go on to win gold in North Dakota, Dubnyk was driven to be a part of the crew out to defend the title.

"I put a lot of expectations on myself to make sure that I wasn't going to be disappointed," said Dubnyk, who is sporting a 2.39 goals-against average and a .916 save-percentage in 29 games with the Kamloops Blazers.

INSIDE TRACK

For fellow Oilers' prospect Andrew Cogliano, the news was just as good if not quite as dramatic.

The left-winger had notched three goals and an assist through the three tryout games and looked to have the inside track. Still, there were some nerves early yesterday.

"We had breakfast at 7:30 and went back up to our rooms around 8," explained Cogliano.

"We were told that if we got a call we were being sent home and that if we didn't get a call we were on the team. I waited an hour and no call.

"My roommate Kyle Chipchura was pretty much a sure thing since he didn't play Thursday so he was fine, but it was pretty hectic for me. All the guys were nervous."

Cogliano, who was taken 25th overall by the Oilers this summer, has put up 19 points in 17 games as a freshman for the University of Michigan Wolverines. The Woodbridge, Ont., product could find himself on a line with David Bolland, the fifth-leading scorer in the entire CHL and a linemate of future Oiler Rob Schremp with the London Knights.

"I think we've had some good chemistry together," said Cogliano.

"I thought I had a good camp. I produced on offence, played solid on defence and worked hard.

"That helped and I think so did having a good camp in the summer."


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