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Legein, Stamkos shine in intrasquad game at Canada's selection camp

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CALGARY - Stefan Legein of the Niagara IceDogs and Steve Stamkos of the Sarnia Sting were standouts in the Canadian junior hockey team's first intrasquad game of selection camp Tuesday.

Legein, a Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick, had two goals and an assists to lead White to a 3-2 win over Red. Stamkos, a 17-year-old projected to be a top pick in the 2008 NHL draft, scored a goal and contributed an assist for Red.

"I thought Steve Stamkos was really good for a young player," head coach Craig Hartsburg said. "He showed a lot of energy and a lot of speed and played extremely hard.

"Stefan Legein, as an older player who played (in the Super Series) in the summer, was probably the most competitive of those players."

Zach Hamill of the Everett Silvertips also scored for White. Zach Boychuk of the Lethbridge Hurricanes had a goal and an assist for Red.

Riley Holzapfel of the Moose Jaw Warriors had two assists for White, while Mathieu Perreault of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan had one. Red's Matt Halischuk of the Kitchener Rangers also earned an assist.

Jonathan Bernier of the Lewiston Maineiacs stopped 11 of 12 shots in White's net for half a game before Everett's Leland Irving came in to turn away 10 of 11.

London Knights goaltender Steve Mason also stopped 11 of 12 for Red over 30 minutes before Vancouver Giant Tyson Sexsmith came in to make eight saves on 10 shots.

Red won the shootout drill at the game's conclusion 4-3 with Boychuk, Saskatoon's Colton Gillies, Belleville's Shawn Matthias and Sault Ste. Marie's Wayne Simmonds scoring on Irving. Holzapfel, Oshawa's Brett MacLean and Quebec's Angelo Esposito scored on Sexsmith.

Hartsburg said no players would be released Wednesday morning, so the four goalies, 12 defencemen and 20 forwards will all participate in another intrasquad game at night.

Two goaltenders, a dozen defencemen and 13 forwards will be named later this week to the Canadian team that will try to win the country's fourth straight gold medal at the IIHF world under-20 men's hockey championship.

Canada opens defence of its title Dec. 26 in Pardubice against the host Czech Republic.

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