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Boychuk's two goals pace Red to victory in Canadian team's intrasquad game

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CALGARY - Zach Boychuk of the Lethbridge Hurricanes scored twice to lead Red to a 4-0 win over White in the second intrasquad game of the Canadian junior hockey team's selection camp Wednesday.

Boychuk, a prospect for the 2008 NHL entry draft, had a strong game for the second night in a row as he'd scored and had an assist in the first intrasquad game the previous night.

Steve Stamkos of the Sarnia Sting scored his second goal in as many nights and Kyle Turris of the University of Wisconsin also scored for Red.

Shawn Matthias of the Belleville Bulls picked up two assists and Gatineau's Claude Giroux and Matt Halischuk of the Kitchener Rangers each had one.

Head coach Craig Hartsburg singled out Boychuk, Stamkos, Matthias and Halischuk as the top performers of the game.

"The picture is becoming clearer and clearer," Hartsburg said. "We've not looking for kids to fail. We're looking for kids to take their game to another level."

Tyson Sexmith of the Vancouver Giants stopped all 11 shots he faced in Red's goal for half a game before Steve Mason of the London Knights preserved the shutout by turning away 15.

White goalie Jonathan Bernier of the Lewiston Maineiacs gave up one goal on 10 shots in his half. He was followed by Leland Irving of the Everett Silvertips, who allowed three goals on 17 shots.

Canada opens defence of its gold medal at the world junior hockey championship Dec. 26 against the host Czech Republic in Pardubice.

Head coach Craig Hartsburg will release two goaltenders, five defencemen and six forwards by Friday when the team flies to Europe for pre-competition camp.

The first round of cuts are expected on Thursday morning.

"We do have to start to make some decisions fairly quickly," Hartsburg said.

Selection camp roster was reduced by one forward Wednesday because Cory Emmerton of the Brampton Battalion was diagnosed with mononucleosis.

Emmerton, 19, played for Canada in the summer's Super Series against Russia and had no points in seven games.

He's the second forward the Canadian team lost to mono after Kitchener's Nick Spaling was sent home with it Monday.

"We've talked to the doctors about that and there's no real cause for concern," Hartsburg said. "Obviously we're taking every precaution we can, but we don't think it's going to be a problem."

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