Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Scrivens Starts for Canada vs. Finland in World Championship Quarter-Finals

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Scrivens Starts for Canada vs. Finland in World Championship Quarter-Finals

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Scrivens starts for Canada vs. Finland

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MINSK, Belarus - Ben Scrivens will start in goal for Team Canada against Finland today in the quarter-finals of the world hockey championship (1 p.m. ET).

Scrivens beat out James Reimer for the No. 1 goaltender job after they split games during the preliminary round.

"Tight decision, both of them played well," coach Dave Tippett said Thursday. "Just he's the guy we decided on."

Scrivens won all three of his starts at his first international tournament for Canada, putting up a 1.31 goals-against average and a .954 save percentage, second only to Kevin Lalande of Belarus, an Ottawa native.

Reimer lost the opener to France in a shootout, won his next three starts and had a 2.20 GAA and .911 save percentage.

Tippett hinted earlier in the week at Scrivens being the likely choice after Reimer started against Norway. Canada's coach mentioned the difficult schedule of four games in six days, and Scrivens not facing Norway gave him a chance to be fresh for Finland.

Scrivens is now the man, barring injury or a rough outing against Finland that doesn't end Canada's tournament. Tippett said Tuesday that his quarter-final starter would likely continue in that role as long as he won.

Canada's challenge, from Scrivens on out, is a Finnish team that has only six players back from the Sochi Olympics but plays a similar style.

"They're what you'd classify as a typical Finland team where work ethic is one of their strongest points," Tippett said. "(They) play well as a team, (have) good structure, don't have a lot of NHL players on it but still players that are committed to play the way Finland's identity is. It's a structured, hard, one-on-one game."

Finland's three NHL players are goaltender Pekka Rinne, captain Olli Jokinen and forward Erik Haula, who was a late addition after the Minnesota Wild were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

One player back from Sochi is Petri Kontiola, who has been Finland's leading scorer and arguably its best player. …

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