Monday, May 02, 2005

Candles for Kristian?

Slovenia Goaltender Robert Kristian may be wondering what's next for him as he prepares to face the Canadian squad on Tuesday morning. Slovenia was shellacked by the USA Team by a score of 7-0 on Sunday night, meaning that the Canadians will want to keep their foot down on the accelerator all game long hoping to load up on those Goals for while keeping the goals against down low. With the Americans and Canadians in the same pool, the need to fill the net is high already for the Canadian team.

Roberto Luongo will get the nod for Canada on Tuesday and perhaps bringing a magazine to work might be an idea. The Slovenian squad managed only 16 shots against the Americans on Sunday, making it a long night spent mostly in their own end of the ice.

While the Canadians won't be taking Slovenia lightly, they most likely will have one eye on the game coming up on Thursday against the USA. That one wraps up the round robin aspect of the competition and will set the tone for both teams for the rest of the tournament.

But before that they will see what the young star struck squad of Slovenians can put together. In these world tourneys there always seems to be an unexpected show of force by an unlikely opponent, Canada shouldn't have too many problems with the young Slovenian team, but they will rest on their reputations at their own peril.

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