Will Roy be the No. 1 in net?

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 PM ET

TORONTO - Olivier Roy, like the rest of the nation, will have to wait at least another day to find out if he will be Canada’s starting goalie at the 2011 world junior championship.

The Edmonton Oilers prospect was sharp on Tuesday night in his first exhibition game, turning aside 29 shots as Canada sweated out a 4-1 victory against Sweden at the Air Canada Centre. Sweden was the better club for stretches, and made it clear that a New Year’s Eve match between the two countries in Buffalo won’t be a simple victory for the Canadians.

Roy made 15 saves in the first period, including a toe stop on Patrick Cehlin.

Will hockey fans see Roy start in Canada’s final exhibition game, on Thursday night in Kitchener versus Finland? Will Roy and Mark Visentin, who had 20 saves in an 8-0 win against Switzerland on Monday, split the game?

“Not sure yet,” Canada coach Dave Cameron said. “We will discuss that over the next day or so. (Roy) played the way we thought he could play. He was good and he gave us a chance to win.”

Roy, who plays for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the Quebec league, probably has had the inside track on the job as Canada’s No. 1 goalie since the summer evaluation camp, when he shone. Cameron won’t go wrong if he settles on Roy.

“I came here, in my mind, being ready if they gave me a shot (to be No. 1),” Roy said. “I will take it.”

Sweden’s goal, by Max Friberg at 9:17 of the third period, came off a rising shot that might have gone off the stick of defenceman Simon Despres before it got past Roy over the netminder’s left shoulder.

From the hash marks

Not quite the Gordie Howe hat trick — though we’re sure Mr. Hockey did something similar many times during his legendary career — but Brayden Schenn had three things to be proud of during the first period. Schenn rocked Sweden defenceman Klas Dahlbeck with a big hit, scored Canada’s first goal when he kept the puck on a 2-on-1 with captain Ryan Ellis and later went down in the slot to block a shot as the Swedes buzzed around Roy ... Ellis’ heads-up play created the odd-man break when Schenn scored. Ellis saw an open lane when defenceman Patrik Nemeth pinched, and he jumped up, creating a decoy for Schenn. The latter held on to the puck, waited as defender Tim Erixon slid past, and scored on a low shot to Robin Lehner’s stick side ... Ellis does not have many junior peers when it comes to smarts. One unfortunate part of his NHL future is that he will play for the Nashville Predators, a team that gets exposure like the Leafs get victories. Just ask Shea Weber, one of the NHL’s premier defencemen ... One area Cameron should have his club working on in the next few days: Getting out of its own zone with more fluidity. Against teams such as Russia and the U.S., any trouble that comes with moving the puck up the ice will result in scoring chances for the opposition ... And what was up with the power play? A two-man advantage for 1:17 seconds in the third period produced nothing. Moving the puck around was fine, but capitalizing on chances has to start happening with regularity ... Hustle award goes to defenceman Calvin de Haan, who stripped Oscar Lindberg of the puck as the Swede broke in alone on Roy.

Point shots

De Haan on Canada’s immediate future at the world junior: “We’re not going to blow teams out. We’re going to win on grind. Those are better team games.” ... Two players who could be Boston Bruins in late June courtesy of the Leafs threw a little tease at Leafs Nation. Canada forward Sean Couturier and Sweden’s Gabriel Landeskog will be high picks in the 2011 draft. Phil Kessel, the player that Brian Burke thought was worth two first-rounders, has 12 goals in 33 games in 2010-11. He hasn’t made the Leafs a better team, and there are justifiably big question marks as to whether he ever will ... There was a small chance earlier in the week that the game wasn’t going to happen as scheduled. Many of the teams coming from Europe have had equipment woes, in that their gear didn’t make it across the Atlantic because of the wintry weather that cancelled flights. Sweden’s equipment arrived about 90 minutes before the game ... Two other exhibition games on Tuesday night were delayed for a day because teams did not have full equipment ... In two exhibition games, Canada has 12 goals, and all from different players. Among forwards, only Quinton Howden, Curtis Hamilton and Brett Connolly have not scored.

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