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Visentin gets start in Canada's first game at world junior championship

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EDMONTON - Mark Visentin was Canada's starting goaltender in the opening game of the 2012 world junior hockey championship Monday against Finland.

The Niagara IceDogs goalie has previous experience in the tournament after playing in the 2011 tournament in Buffalo.

Canadian head coach Don Hay has maintained since the start of selection camp earlier this month that Visentin was his No. 1 goalie because of his experience.

Visentin allowed four goals on 17 shots in Canada's final pre-tournament game last Friday versus Sweden, while Scott Wedgewood of the Plymouth Whalers stopped all 10 shots he faced in the same game.

Visentin, a first-round draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes, made 22 saves in Canada's 3-1 exhibition win over Finland last week.

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