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U.S. to open WJC title defense vs. Finland

Monday, 07.12.2010 / 3:17 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The United States will open the defense of its World Junior Championship title in the final game of an opening-day quadruple-header when the 2011 WJC opens in Buffalo.

At 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 26, the U.S. will face Finland, the team it beat in the quarterfinals last year in Saskatoon, at the HSBC Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres.

Canada also will play opening day, facing Russia at 4 p.m. Last year's silver medalists had their
five-tournament win streak ended by the U.S. in a 6-5 overtime victory in the gold-medal game.

This is the first time since 2005 the U.S. has hosted the event, when it was played in Grand Forks, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Minn. -- which also marked the last time the U.S. was defending champion, having won the event in 2004 in Finland. Canada beat Russia for the gold medal in 2005, starting the run that the U.S. just ended.

Germany and Switzerland -- last year's surprise fourth-place finisher -- will start the first day of the IIHF under-20 tournament at 12:30 p.m. ET. Norway and Sweden also will play Dec. 26, at 4 p.m. at Dwyer Arena at Niagara University, in Lewiston, N.Y.

After a day off, the U.S. will play Slovakia at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 28, Germany at 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 30, and Switzerland at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Canada plays the Czech Republic at 4 p.m. on Dec. 28; Norway at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 29; and Sweden at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31.

All U.S. games will be televised on the NHL Network-U.S., and TSN will televise all Canada games.

The quarterfinals will be played Jan. 2 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET; the semifinals will be played Jan. 3 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The bronze-medal game will be Jan. 5 at 3:30 p.m. ET; and the gold-medal game will be played Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET. All knockout-round games will be played at HSBC Arena and broadcast on NHL Network-U.S. and TSN.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com

2010 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Preliminary Round
Date Game Time Site Matchup
Dec. 26 1 12:30 p.m. ET Buffalo Germany vs. Switzerland
Dec. 26 2 4 p.m. ET Buffalo Russia vs. Canada
Dec. 26 3 4 p.m. ET Niagara Norway vs. Sweden
Dec. 26 4 8 p.m. ET Buffalo Finland vs. U.S.
Dec. 27 5 7 p.m. ET Buffalo Slovakia vs. Germany
Dec. 27 6 7 p.m. ET Niagara Czech Republic vs. Norway
Dec. 28 7 12:30 p.m. ET Buffalo Switzerland vs. Finland
Dec. 28 8 4 p.m. ET Buffalo Canada vs. Czech Republic
Dec. 28 9 4 p.m. ET Niagara Sweden vs. Russia
Dec. 28 10 8 p.m. ET Buffalo U.S. vs. Slovakia
Dec. 29 11 3:30 p.m. ET Buffalo Finland vs. Germany
Dec. 29 12 7:30 p.m. ET Buffalo Norway vs. Canada
Dec. 30 13 3 p.m. ET Buffalo Switzerland vs. Slovakia
Dec. 30 14 3 p.m. ET Niagara Sweden vs. Czech Republic
Dec. 30 15 7 p.m. ET Niagara Russia vs. Norway
Dec. 30 16 7 p.m. ET Buffalo Germany vs. U.S.
Dec. 31 17 12:30 p.m. ET Buffalo Slovakia vs. Finland
Dec. 31 18 4 p.m. ET Buffalo Canada vs. Sweden
Dec. 31 19 7 p.m. ET Niagara Czech Republic vs. Russia
Dec. 31 20 8 p.m. ET Buffalo U.S. vs. Switzerland









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