No decision on Canada's goalie

Team Canada goaltender Scott Wedgewood during practice at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., Dec. 25,...

Team Canada goaltender Scott Wedgewood during practice at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., Dec. 25, 2011. (CODIE McLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:33 PM ET

CALGARY - There really isn't a wrong decision.

Which could make it harder to make the right decision.

Team Canada coach Don Hay said he still hasn't decided on his starting goaltender for Tuesday's semifinal.

"They'll get a good practice tomorrow and then we'll make our decision tomorrow night," Hay said.

There's not much to choose from, statistically speaking, between Mark Visentin and Scott Wedgewood.

They've each played two games and won them both.

Visentin has a 1.50 goals-against average and .941 save percentage.

Wedgewood's numbers (1.00, .965) are slightly better and he's considered the favourite to be between the pipes Tuesday night.

"I'm happy with myself and the way I've played in the two games," Wedgewood said.

"The coaches will make the decision and it's out of my control, but I'm confident I've given myself the opportunity (to start).

"They said they were going to play who's hot and Mark and I have both brought our A games."

And that's why Hay has a difficult decision ahead of him.

In recent years, there has either been a clearcut No.-1 guy from start to finish, or one goalie has struggled, making for slam-dunk decisions.

Wedgewood said the team won't miss a beat with either 'tender in the crease.

"Mark's played great and I did my part," he said. "The coaches have said they're confident in either one of us going forward.

"We're both ready to play and we both want to win."

Wedgewood showed off his 'offensive' skills in a 5-0 win over the Czechs when he his long saucer pass sent Freddie Hamilton on a breakaway.

He comes by his puckhandling prowess honestly.

"I used to be a player, so I have the ability to shoot the puck," said Wedgewood, who first strapped on the pads at age 11. "I was a right-hand shot though, so I had to learn how to shoot left with a goalie stick.

"With the trapezoid, it's kinda hard (to play the puck). But with the international rules, you can get out there and play it a bit more.

"It's just another thing I have in the toolbox."

Visentin also prides himself on being able to handle the puck.

But his ability to stop it will determine if he'll get the nod.

He said he didn't know if Hay had already made up his mind.

"I'm not sure," Visentin said. "But in practice, Scott and I both like to compete.

"Obviously, I want to play. But whether I'm in the net or out of the net, I'll do the best I can to support my team.

"I'm looking forward to finding out who's going to play."

Defenceman Brandon Gormley said the team has confidence in both puckstoppers.

"They're pushing each other pretty hard for that No.-1 spot," Gormley said. "Both goalies have done a great job for us so far so, from a team standpoint, we have full confidence in whoever the coach wants to start."

If Canada gets Russia in Tuesday's semifinal,Visentin would get a chance to avenge last year's gold-medal loss.

But Hay, tiring of the constant questions about last year's collapse, said it's time for people to let Visentin off the hook for that loss.

"Both goalies have been outstanding," Hay said. "This is a new team. What happened last year is over. We've moved on.

"People should move on. It wasn't just Mark. He was in the net, but he wasn't the only guy playing the game.

"I think there's other people who could take a hit for that loss, not just Mark."

Hay said he will talk with his coaching staff prior to making a final decision.

"We talk about the goaltending," he said. "There's five coaches. I ask them and then if it's a tie, I make the final decision.

"You want their input because they all see different things."

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