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MALMO - Head coach Brent Sutter has made it official: Jake Paterson will start for Canada when it opens the World Junior Hockey Championship on Thursday against Germany. Garrett Richards Jersey . Goalie consultant Fred Brathwaite delivered the news to the Saginaw Spirit goalie on the ice at the start of Wednesdays practice at the Malmo Isstadion. "Obviously Im really excited to get the call," Paterson said after the up-tempo workout. "Im ready to get focused and looking forward to the game." The 19-year-old served as Canadas third-string goalie at last years event in Ufa, Russia, but did not get in a game. He was also a backup and didnt play for Team Ontario at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. On Tuesday, Sutter noted that he sensed Paterson was ready for the chance to finally take the net in international competition. "He feels like this is his time," the coach said. Paterson agrees. "I think so," he said when informed of Sutters assessment. "Its been a pretty long year from last year not just not being able to play, but having a sour taste in our mouth from a fourth-place finish so Im definitely looking forward to getting things going tomorrow." Zach Fucale will serve as the backup despite playing well in his pre-tournament start against Finland on Friday. The Halifax Mooseheads goalie has slightly better numbers than Paterson this season and is coming off a Memorial Cup win in May, but remained upbeat despite Sutters decision. "Even though I wont be playing I think Ill be still important," Fucale, who is a year younger than Paterson, said. "I mean, I have to make sure Im positive for the guys and always be ready. You can never know in these tournaments what can happen. Jake is playing really well, very sharp and were all happy. All I have to do is make sure Im ready and Im ready to accept that." In his two previous world junior stints behind Canadas bench, Sutter has opted to ride one goalie most of the way giving the backup just one start in 12 games. "Lets see how Game 1 goes," Sutter said when asked if Fucale would get a start at some point. "I really dont know. You got to assume when youre playing a lot of games in a short period of time that you need both goalies, but were going to start with Patty and then well make a determination wholl play in Game 2." Oscar Gamble Jersey . – The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena to a $25 million, five-year contract Saturday. Luis Torrens Jersey . This was one of them. Omar Infante homered and tied a career high with six RBIs to carry the Kansas City Royals over the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 on Sunday. . The Brazilian driver had the second-best time in last months tests at Jerez and said the "good start" could play to his advantage when the season gets underway in Australia in March.VANCOUVER – Canadian star striker Christine Sinclair will get a chance to make history again Saturday. Sinclair will lead her Portland Thorns squad against American icon Abby Wambachs host Western New York Flash in the first National Womens Soccer League final in Rochester, N.Y. "At the beginning of the year, this was our goal," said Sinclair of reaching the championship game. "With it being the first NWSL final, we want to make history and win it." The contest will be the first meaningful battle between Sinclair and Wambach since the 2012 London Olympics a little over a year ago. Sinclair recorded a hat-trick against the Americans in the Olympic semifinals, but was heartbroken after Wambach scored the tying goal on a controversial penalty-kick before the Americans prevailed 4-3 on Alex Morgans winning goal in extra time. The U.S. went on to win gold while the Canadians earned bronze. It was Canadas first Olympic medal in womens soccer and the first medal earned by Canadians at the Summer Games in a traditional team sport since 1936 in Berlin. "Obviously, weve played each other so many times over the years," said Sinclair. "I think this is the first time weve played each other in a professional league final, so it should be fun." Wambachs Western New York squad rates as the favourite after finishing first in the eight-team NWSL with a 10-4-8 record. Sinclairs Portland club finished in a tie with FC Kansas City as both clubs posted identical 11-6-5 marks. Kansas City took second after recording a better goal differential. But the Thorns earned some revenge in the semifinals as they overcame a 2-0 deficit and beat Kansas City last weekend. "Weve been through some adversity, and we know how to handle it," said Sinclair. The NWSL is a joint venture between the Canadian, U.S., and Mexican soccer federations. Organized and administered by the U.S. federation, the league is designed to develop international-calibre talent and give Canadian, American and Mexican national team players a high level of competition leading up to the 2015 Womens World Cup and next Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. The U.S. federation has subsidized the salaries of 23 players while the Canadian and Mexican governing bodies are each funding 16. The NWSL fformed after the Womens Professional Soccer league folded in January 2012, a day after Canada and the U. Fred Kendall Jersey. S. qualified for the 2010 Olympics through a CONCACAF tournament in Vancouver. "I think the league has been a huge success," said Sinclair. "And, I know, for Canada, its nice to have more players in the same professional league." The NWSL, she added, has given young kids a chance to dream of becoming Canadian national team players. In wake of the collapse of WPS and another fledgling womens circuit, she hopes the NWSL will be able to "stick around" and "absolutely" hopes to play in it for the next few years. Sinclair, who starred for the University of Portland during her collegiate career, has also found personal and career satisfaction since returning to play in the Oregon city, "the only place" in the league in which she wanted to work. "Ever since attending university there, I never left," she said. "Its been home for me." Now, after the Thorns led the league in attendance with an average crowd of 13,320 per game, she hopes to reward Thorn followers and staff by bringing home a title. Sinclair, Portlands captain, scored eight goals goals and added two assists in 20 regular-season games, but she was upstaged by Morgan, who led the Thorns with eight goals and five assists in 18 contests before being sidelined with a minor knee injury late in the season. Sinclair is one of two Canadians on the Thorns, along with Karina LeBlanc of Maple Ridge, B.C., who will start in goal Saturday. Sinclair has enjoyed being able to play with another member of Canadas national squad. "She brings this attitude," said Sinclair. "Its an attitude thats really calm, also business all the time. Shes just a blast to be around every day." Notes: Wambachs scheduled face-off with American teammate Morgan has drawn considerable hype. … LeBlanc has posted seven shutouts this season. … The game will be aired on both Fox Sports 2 and Fox Soccer and streamed on digital devices via Fox Soccer 2Go. … Morgan is recovering from a sprained medial collateral ligament, but is expected to contribute, says a Thorns spokesman. Portlands Tobin Heath has a sore foot but is also expected to play. ' ' ' 
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