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WJHC: Kane, Benn, Della Rovere impress as Red thumps White

The Canadian Press
12/13/2008 10:46:02 PM
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OTTAWA - Pat Quinn is relieved he has another day before making the tough decisions.

The head coach of the Canadian junior hockey team watched players who hadn't played well in the first intrasquad game of selection camp raise their level of play in Team Red's 7-2 win over White on Saturday.

''Some guys that weren't that good yesterday rose to the occasion today, so nothing  . . . it's as clear as mud right now,'' Quinn said.

The third and final intrasquad game is scheduled for Sunday at Scotiabank Place. Quinn will choose 22 players for his Canadian team from the 38 invited Monday morning.

Vancouver Giants forward Evander Kane, 17, was one who stepped up his game with a pair of goals for Red. Jamie Benn of the Kelowna Rockets and Stefan Della Rovere of the Barrie Colts each scored twice as well.

''I needed to show the coaching staff I could play at this level,'' said Kane. ''I need to follow that up with a better game tomorrow because the coaches are looking for consistent players.''

John Tavares of the Oshawa Generals collected his fourth goal in two games for Red.

Regina Pats forward Jordan Eberle scored his second goal in as many games and Wisconsin defenceman Brendan Smith also got a goal for White.

Red goaltender Chet Pickard of the Tri-City Americans stopped all 11 shots in his half of the game, including a point-blank save on Cody Hodgson halfway through the third period.

''It's only one game and they judge the decision on the team on the whole season so far and all three games in this camp,'' Pickard said. ''Obviously you feel pretty good when you stop all the shots.''

Spokane's Dustin Tokarski made 13 saves on 15 shots in the first half of the game for Red.

Vancouver goalie Tyson Sexsmith started in net for White and stopped 13 of 17 shots before Jake Allen of the Montreal Junior turned away 10 of 13.

Quinn put Montreal Junior forward Angelo Esposito alongside Tavares in Saturday's game and morning skate. Esposito, trying out for the Canadian team for a fourth time, plays centre with the Junior.

''It's all right,'' Esposito said. ''I'm here to make the team and win a gold medal. I'll do whatever it takes.''

Esposito and Tavares combined for Red's third goal of the night with Esposito setting up Tavares in the high slot.

''Both of us competed pretty hard and Angelo played a really good two way game and made a nice pass to me on my goal,'' Tavares said. ''Our goal was just try to get in on the forecheck and try and turn some pucks over and take it to the net.

''We were pretty successful most of the night and pretty good in our own zone as well.''

Cornell forward Riley Nash and Rimouski forward Patrice Cormier each collected a pair of assists for Red. Benn, Rockets defenceman Tyler Myers, Windsor defenceman Ryan Ellis, Belleville defenceman PK Subban, Spokane defenceman Jared Spurgeon and Dana Tyrell of the Prince George Cougars also had assists.

Brampton's Hodgson, Zach Boychuk of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Matt Duchene of the Brampton Battalion and Tyler Ennis of the Medicine Hat Tigers had assists for White.

Pats defenceman Colton Teubert left the game in the first period with a hand injury and Rockets defenceman Tyler Myers departed in the third after banging his knee into the boards. Quinn said neither injury was considered serious.

Ottawa 67's defenceman Tyler Cuma is out of contention because of a knee injury suffered in the first intrasquad game.

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