December 29, 2015 5:42 am

Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood to play first game for Canada at world juniors

Mackenzie Blackwood #29 of the Barrie Colts stops a shot against the Mississauga Steelheads during OHL game action on November 1, 2015 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)

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HELSINKI – Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood will make his world junior hockey championship debut on Tuesday as Canada plays Switzerland in the preliminary round.

Blackwood sat out Canada’s first two games of the tournament as he completed an eight-game suspension from the Ontario Hockey League.

The Barrie Colts goalie slashed Wolves forward Danny Desrochers during a Dec. 4 game in Sudbury, Ont.

He was handed a match penalty for the slash.

Mason McDonald started Canada’s first two games of the world juniors with Samuel Montembeault serving as backup goaltender.

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