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12/27/2012 8:54:44 PM
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Canada looks to keep its all-time unbeaten record against Slovakia at the world junior hockey championship intact and improve to 2-0 at this year's tournament when the two countries meet in Pool B action on Friday.

The game can be seen live on TSN, TSN Mobile TV and TSN.ca at 4am et/1am pt.

Canada leads Pool B, alongside the United States, with three points after a 9-3 win over Germany. Slovakia picked up one point for an overtime loss after forcing Russia into the extra frame Wednesday before the hosts pulled out a 3-2 victory. The Slovaks sit fourth in Pool B, one point ahead of Germany.

Malcolm Subban will be back in the net for Friday's contest. Instead of letting the goaltending question linger deep into the tournament, coach Steve Spott felt it better to end speculation after Canada's opening game and infuse Subban with the confidence of knowing he's the man in net for the tournament.

"Malcolm's play is going to dictate how far he goes, but right now he's the guy we're going to continue to run with and it's going to be up to him to carry the ball," coach Steve Spott said Thursday.

Subban stopped 25 of 28 shots in Canada's 9-3 win over Germany to open the tournament. 

There was a nervous moment in Canada's practice on Thursday when Boone Jenner collided with defencemen Xavier Ouellet in the neutral zone. Both players got slowly to their feet but were deemed to be fine following practice. Jenner cannot play a game for Canada until Monday because of a three-game suspension for his check on Swedish defenceman Jesper Pettersson in the team's final exhibition contest.

Russia meets the United States in Friday's other Pool B game, which can be seen live on TSN, TSN Mobile TV and TSN.ca at 9am et/6am pt.

Malcolm Subban (Photo: Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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