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12-22-2004, 11:55 AM
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WJC Preview-U.S.A. picked to win again!!!Canada in 3rd

Alvaro Montoya. The first-round pick of the Rangers last June backstopped the Americans to the gold medal last year, which should give him an edge heading into this tournament. His ability to handle the puck is an added plus for a team that will try to play an up-tempo game at all times

The Americans are no longer the hunters, but rather the hunted--newfound territory for USA hockey. That said, there's still a lot of talent and character on the 2005 roster. With more confidence than ever before, and a partisan crowd in Grand Forks to cheer them on, look for USA to repeat as WJC champions. In the end, it will come down to the experience factor between the pipes (Montoya)

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