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2011 World Junior Championship

Pens' Agostino impresses for Team USA

Thursday, 08.11.2011 / 9:32 AM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- When the invitation from USA Hockey came in June to attend this week's national junior evaluation camp, Kenny Agostino almost was too sick to open the envelope.

Agostino was laid up with mononucleosis and barely got out of bed for six weeks.

"The first half of the summer was rough," he told "I went down the middle of May and I wasn't cleared until the end of June."

That left him about five weeks to get into shape for possibly the most important training camp of his hockey career to date.

It was then that Agostino put the first year of his Yale education to the test and figured out just what it was going to take for him to get into shape to put on the best showing he could in front of the USA Hockey staff and potentially earn a spot on Team USA for the 2012 World Junior Championship. 

Mayfield, Ferlin added to U.S. junior evaluation camp

Thursday, 07.14.2011 / 3:40 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Defenseman Scott Mayfield and right wing Brian Ferlin have been added to USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp, to be held Aug. 6-13 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Mayfield, taken by the New York Islanders in the second round (No. 34) of the 2011 Entry Draft, had 16 points in 52 games with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League last season. He played in the USHL All-Star Game and also was named MVP of the 2010 World Junior 'A' Challenge. He'll play at the University of Denver in the fall.

Ferlin, taken by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round of last month's draft, was third in the USHL last season with 73 points in 55 games while playing for the Indiana Ice.

Loss leaves Canadians in state of shock

Thursday, 01.06.2011 / 1:17 AM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The players of the Canadian National Junior Team were at a loss for words following their stunning third-period collapse to Russia on Wednesday in the gold-medal game of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
In a blink of an eye, gold was replaced with silver as Russia rallied from a three-goal deficit with five unanswered tallies over the final 20 minutes for an improbable but deserving 5-3 victory before a shocked Canadian-dominated crowd at HSBC Arena.
"We're up 3-0 and so excited to get the third period over with," Canada forward Marcus Foligno said. "Then, all of a sudden, it comes up to bite you in the butt. I'm pretty shocked right now. We let down Canada but, at the same time, you really can't be too mad at yourself. We played well at this tournament. It was a tough third period. This is going to take another week to get over."

U.S. takes Bronze with 4-2 defeat of Sweden

Wednesday, 01.05.2011 / 5:50 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It wasn't the color medal the Americans came here to win, but the bronze proved to be a more-than-adequate consolation prize for the defending champions.

It should be, considering how hard they had to work to earn third place, holding off Sweden 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon at HSBC Arena.

It was quite the statement from a U.S. team that was thoroughly demoralized by Monday's loss to Canada in the semifinals, a 4-1 pasting that put an end to the Americans hopes of winning gold again on home soil.

Chris Kreider's breakaway goal with 1:53 remaining in the game put the contest away. Kreider knocked the water bottle right off the top of the cage with a blazing snapshot over the shoulder of Fredrik Petersson Wentzel to score his second goal of the game.

Drew Shore had given the Americans the lead at 2-1 when he scored on a deflection off a Justin Faulk slapper from the right point at the 52-second mark of the third period.

Going to the slot -- something absent for much of the 4-1 semifinal loss to Canada -- Shore was able to get his stick on the low slapper and redirect it over the shoulder of Petersson Wentzel.

Canada and Russia renew rivalry for WJC gold

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 6:02 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

All apologies to the host nation's team, but Wednesday's gold-medal game at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo could feature the fiercest rivalry in the history of international hockey.

Canada vs. Russia.

The rivalry has played out over the years at every level, from the famed 1972 Summit Series to the Russian Red Army tours of the NHL to World Championships and even the 2010 Olympics.

"When you play the Russians, it has a little extra to it," said Philadelphia Flyers center Mike Richards, a Team Canada veteran at a number of different levels. "Playing them, it was the biggest thing we could have gotten up for. It's probably a big game, lots of meaning, to play against those guys."

Goal in bronze-medal game to take a medal home

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 5:25 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In all honesty, Wednesday's bronze-medal game is one neither the U.S. nor Sweden has any interest in playing.

But, play it they will Wednesday (3:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN) at the HSBC Arena, trying to salvage something of a tournament that has gone horribly wrong for both teams.

Instead of playing for gold -- and at worse silver -- in the evening's main event, the U.S. and Sweden have been relegated to the undercard, left to fight over the final medal.

Yet, each side says that will be enough to bring out their best in their final game of the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Canada knows a full 60 necessary to capture gold

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 5:06 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In order to win its sixth gold medal in seven years, the Canadian National Junior Team will have to do what Finland and Sweden couldn't -- play a full 60 minutes against Russia.
Based on what everyone witnessed on Monday in a dominating performance against the United States in the semifinal round of the World Junior Championship, that shouldn't be a problem.
Canada and Russia will square off in the gold medal game on Wednesday (7:30 p.m .ET, NHLN-US) at HSBC Arena for the seventh time since 1996. Canada, which is 15-14 with two ties in the all-time WJC series, has won the last three gold medal meetings (2005, '06 and '07) and four straight overall including the 2009 semifinal-round, 6-5 shootout win in Ottawa.
The Canadian players are well aware of Russia's recent comeback efforts. 

Visentin shines for Canadians against U.S.

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 1:11 AM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

"Mark was unreal (against the U.S.). I guess the goalie has been questioned throughout the whole run here, but he's got great upside and was unreal for us."
-- Canada forward Curtis Hamilton on goalie Mark Visentin

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Mark Visentin is just glad he no longer will have to watch the video of the United States celebrating a gold medal triumph at the 2010 World Junior Championship on Canadian soil.
He can replace it with a far more pleasurable picture -- a victory celebration over those same Americans right in his crease following a semifinal-round victory in this year's tournament.
"Payback was big time for us this year because it was a heartbreaker losing in final last year," Visentin said. "There was a feeling I felt watching on TV that I didn't want to feel ever again. Losing to (the U.S.) in the final last year and watching it over and over … I never wanted to feel it again."
Visentin certainly helped make it happen, too, with his finest effort in three starts at the 2011 WJC on Monday. The Phoenix Coyotes' prospect turned aside 22 shots, including 10 in the second period, to help lead Canada to a 4-1 victory over the U.S. at HSBC Arena.

U.S. 'We got what we deserved'

Monday, 01.03.2011 / 11:44 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

BUFFALO N.Y. -- Canada delivered its challenge early in Monday's semifinal of the 2011 World Junior Championship. Unfortunately for the Americans, they never mustered a response until it was too late.

"They out-worked us," Team USA captain John Ramage said. "There's not an easier way to say it. They out-skated us, they out-worked us. We were supposed to use our speed and they skated over us."

They did so by physically intimidating a USA team that wasn't supposed to be intimidated anymore.

Just 100 seconds into the contest at HSBC Arena, towering Canadian defenseman Erik Gudbranson delivered a thunderclap of a hit on Jerry D'Amigo, the opening volley in Canada's scorched-ice policy as they tried to avenge last year's gold-medal loss to these same Americans in last year's gold-medal game of the World Junior Championships.

Canada advances to final with 4-1 win against U.S.

Monday, 01.03.2011 / 10:01 PM / 2011 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The most anticipated matchup of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship turned out to be rather anticlimactic as the Canadian National Junior Team steamrolled to a 4-1 victory against the United States before a capacity crowd in the semifinal round at HSBC Arena on Monday. 
Still seething and seeking some measure of retribution following last year's overtime setback to Team USA in the gold-medal game in Saskatoon, Canada wouldn't be denied against the Americans this year.
By the time the U.S. had finally solved Canada goalie Mark Visentin, their rivals from the North had already built an insurmountable four-goal cushion. Curtis Hamilton, Quinton Howden, Ryan Johansen and Zack Kassian scored and Visentin turned aside 22 shots to lead Canada into Wednesday's gold-medal game against Russia at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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