Subban wins starting role
Experienced netminder will face Slovakia Friday
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.