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U.S. coach Dean Blais mum on starter in net

Saturday, 12.31.2011 / 1:46 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2012 World Junior Championship blog

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U.S. coach Dean Blais mum on starter in net
U.S. National Junior Team coach Dean Blais didn't reveal his starter in goal for his team's final Group B preliminary-round matchup against Team Canada during his morning conference with the media here at Rexall Place.

Jack Campbell, who was manning the cage during Friday night's 5-2 loss to the Czech Republic, is 1-1 with a 3.52 goals-against average and .867 save percentage. John Gibson suffered a 4-1 loss to Team Finland in his only start of the tournament on Wednesday, yielding four goals on 27 shots.

Canada coach Don Hay announced at his morning conference that Scott Wedgewood would be starting between the pipes. Wedgewood earned a 26-save shutout over the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Why the delay in naming a starter for the United States?

"Basically, [whoever is] physically and mentally ready," Blais said. "Goalie coach Joe Exter is talking to them right now as we speak. We had a short meeting in the dressing room and we're not going to skate, and just ice down injuries. But we'll talk to the goalies right now."

Blais also said that defenseman Derek Forbort is out with an undisclosed injury he sustained against the Czech Republic and forward Charlie Coyle, who exited the Czech game after two shifts with a sickness, will return to the forward line.

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