Bernier fumes after getting passed over
04.01.2008. Panzeri, Allen. The Ottawa Citizen

 PARDUBICE, Czech Republic - When Canadian coach Craig Hartsburg said yesterday he was going to stick with Steve Mason in goal for today's world junior championship semifinal against the United States, he made his other goalie, Jonathan Bernier, very unhappy.

Whether it leads to a disruption in the Canadian dressing room remains to be seen.

A star with the Lewiston Maineiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Bernier thought he deserved another chance to start, even though he was the losing goalie when Canada fell 4-3 to Sweden last Saturday in round-robin play.

Bernier was bitter that Mason, a member of the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights, was being given a chance to start against the U.S. even after allowing a couple of iffy goals in Canada's 4- 2, quarterfinal victory against Finland.

Bernier's comments were the first time anything approaching dissent has come out of the Canadian junior team's dressing room.

"I have a lot of respect for those (coaches), but, at the same time, I guess they weren't fair with me," Bernier said. "(Mason) had an OK game (Wednesday), and it was the same thing for me. I didn't get a second chance and he did.

"That's hard to take, but I'm here for one reason, and that's to bring the gold, so I'll have (to find) another way to bring it."

Bernier said he didn't blame Mason, even though the decision was tough to take.

"I didn't expect anything," he said. "I was going one game at a time. (Hartsburg) didn't say I was No. 1, even if I started the tournament. You know, it turned out the other way.

"It's their judgment, and I'll live with it. It's tough, but a little thing like this is not going to get me down, and I'll get up and show character

"Mason is a great goalie. It's not his fault. I'm pretty sure he has his spot here, but, at the same time, I wanted to be the guy who was in the net. We're here for a reason and that's to play the game, and it's not his fault at all."

Hartsburg said he wasn't about to pull the rug out from under Mason.

"We said he'd be our guy," Hartsburg said. "We've got a lot of trust in him. He didn't play his best (Wednesday) night, but we won the hockey game, and he'll play better (today)."

Hartsburg understands there will be critics here and in Canada who will second-guess his decision and say that Bernier should start against the U.S. Still, he said that would be a disservice to everyone.

"At this point in the tournament, we don't think it's time to flip-flop them back and forth. We feel that Steve will get the job done for us. We trust him.

"Hey, Jonathan is a great goalie, but we think this is the best thing to do. If we start to waver back and forth at this point, both goalies will suffer."

Mason met with the coaches yesterday morning and was cautioned about trying to do too much with the puck when he doesn't have to, which in part led to Finland's second goal on Wednesday.

Otherwise, though, his confidence was fine. He watched the replays and was able to work on some things in practice.

"Obviously they weren't the greatest goals, but the team pulled through for me and was something that was definitely nice to see in a short tournament like this, when the guys can dial back for you," he said.
"I had a really good practice and I'm looking forward to getting going."  

За 3 место. США - Россия. Голы россиян.
Финал. Швеция - Канада
Финал. Интервью с Марчандом.
Подгруппа А
Канада, Швеция, Чехия, Словакия, Дания
Подгруппа В
Россия, США, Финляндия, Швейцария, Казахстан
За 7-10 места
Слования, Казахстан, Швейцария, Дания

1/4 финала
Канада - Финляндия
Россия - Чехия
1/2 финала
Швеция - Россия
США - Канада
Чехия - Финляндия
США - Россия
Канада - Швеция
Первая страничка турнира
Статистика турнира
Молодежные чемпионаты мира (до 20 лет) 2008 года.
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Дивизион I. Группа А
Дивизион I. Группа B
Дивизион II. Группа А
Дивизион II. Группа B
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