Ottawa Citizen

Sub­ban wins start­ing role

Ex­pe­ri­enced net­min­der will face Slo­vakia Fri­day

- JOANNE IRE­LAND

UFA, Rus­sia • The net be­longs to Mal­colm Sub­ban. At least for now.

Sub­ban, who got the start against Ger­many on the open­ing day of the world ju­niors, will start for Team Canada against Slo­vakia on Fri­day.

The Belleville Bulls net­min­der was named the starter ahead of Jor­dan Bin­ning­ton of the Owen Sound At­tack but he will have to be at his best if he wants to stay put.

He’ll see a lot more rub­ber against Slo­vakia than he did against Ger­many, which gen­er­ated 28 shots com­pared to the 46 shots Canada pumped at El­mar Traut­mann.

“It’s not even so much not see­ing a lot of pucks,” Sub­ban said, “but when your team starts run­ning up the score, it makes it even harder to stay fo­cused be­cause the game is al­most out of reach. I’m also not used to not get­ting a lot of shots. Usu­ally I’m not on all-star team.”

Sub­ban said he didn’t get off to the best of be­gin­nings in Canada’s 9-3 vic­tory, which is why he was lean­ing on goal-tend­ing coach Ron Tugnutt for some ad­vice be­fore the third pe­riod of Wed­nes­day’s game.

“I thought the first two pe­ri­ods I had the nerves go­ing a bit. Ob­vi­ously it was the first game and it’s tough when you’re not see­ing that many shots but I thought by the third pe­riod, I had calmed down a lot,” he said. “I was really ex­cited. I couldn’t wait to get started. I think it was the adrenalin.”

Sub­ban is also not used to the un­cer­tainty of his role. With the Bulls he’s the starter, with Canada, it’s been a toss-up as to which of the two goalies would get the nod.

“The de­cid­ing fac­tor was ex­pe­ri­ence,” said head coach Steve Spott.

 ?? NATHAN DENETTE/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS ?? Mal­colm Sub­ban makes a pad save af­ter Ger­man for­ward Dennis Reimer at­tempted to re­di­rect a shot on goal Wed­nes­day. Sub­ban will start in goal against Slo­vakia on Fri­day.
NATHAN DENETTE/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS Mal­colm Sub­ban makes a pad save af­ter Ger­man for­ward Dennis Reimer at­tempted to re­di­rect a shot on goal Wed­nes­day. Sub­ban will start in goal against Slo­vakia on Fri­day.

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