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Teubert, Scandella making a case to be Canada's go-to pair

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12/14/2009 4:52:39 PM
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Colten Teubert takes no prisoners.

The hard-hitting Regina Pats defenceman is expected to anchor the right side of Canada's shutdown pair at the world junior hockey championship, likely with Val d'Or Foureur Marco Scandella, a partnership that was formed during the Under-18s and has continued through August's orientation camp.

''I think you just have to trust your defensive partner,'' Teubert said. ''I trust Marco, and we did have success together in Russia in the Under-18's when we won a gold medal together.

''If I had an opportunity to play with him again, it'd be great.''
Scandella echoed Teubert's sentiment, saying the duo's similar style of play helps their on-ice performance.

''I think we play well together; we know where we're going on the ice and we make simple plays. Teubert hits a little bit more (than me), but we know where each other are on the ice and I think we play well together.''

While Scandella is considered a two-way defenceman, Teubert's bread and butter is tough, mean play rooted in his idol Chris Pronger, which has earned him a reputation that strikes fear into Western League opponents' hearts.

''I'm sure teams circle his name before games and they let player's know to watch out for him,'' forward Jordan Eberle said. ''He likes to step in and make that hit and he's also a guy who's not afraid to drop the gloves.

''He's a guy you want on your team all the time; a guy that's not afraid to do anything for the team to win.''
That recognition doesn't go unnoticed by Teubert, who says it can be weird not getting hit by guys because they're afraid to.

''It's just nice to have that respect in the league because I've worked so hard, said Teubert. ''Hopefully it's my last year and I can go out with a bang.''

With street credit like that, if Teubert was a cartoon superhero, there's no doubt which character he'd be.

''The Punisher would be a good one,'' said Eberle. ''It kind of suits him; he's go a tooth missing at the top so I think I'd go with The Punisher.''
In each of its five straight gold medals, Team Canada has been anchored by a go-to pair; from Keith Aulie and Tyler Myers last year to Dion Phaneuf and Shea Weber in 2005. And even though the team won't be announced until Wednesday, it doesn't stop Teubert and Scandella from dreaming of possibilities.

''I think we could be a great shutdown pair,'' said Teubert. ''There are tons of good defecnemen in this camp and it's going to be a tough spot to fill.''
Scandella added; ''We're not there to score goals, just there to shut down the other team from scoring.''

Written with files from TSN's John Lu

Teubert hits Sweden's Johansson (Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
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