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February 17. 2013 9:26AM

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Brad Thiessen has been in this situation before.

During each of his last three seasons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Thiessen had to battle another netminder for the starting job, including John Curry (twice) and Scott Munroe last season.

So when head coach John Hynes said he still hasn't decided on who will start the season opener this Saturday, Thiessen shrugged it off.

"It's the same every year. Coach has options and I'm up for the challenge," he said. "I can just go about my business, work hard in practice and take advantage of the opportunities when I get them."

Don't get the wrong idea that Thiessen is taking a lackadaisical approach to the goaltending competition. He doesn't view it as a hindrance, but rather a positive element that can only better himself and fellow goalie Jeff Zatkoff.

"Any competition is a good thing, and Jeff and I are both guys that have been around," Thiessen said. "With Jeff, it's been a good dynamic and we're both going to be supporting each other."

Thiessen and Zatkoff both played a full game in each of the last two exhibition games after splitting duties with Patrick Killeen. Hynes said they have made his decision to pick a starter difficult.

"It's really a good decision to have. They both made a case for themselves and played well," Hynes said. "There's no clear cut number one starter and it's not a decision we're ready to make at this time, but we will by the end of the week."

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