BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Three Flames prospects will be taking part in the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo, New York. Starting December 26th, calgaryflames.com will be providing daily reports and starting Friday we will be on location to provide video, written features and more through to the end of the tournament.
The Flames prospects suiting up are defenceman John Ramage, captaining team USA, defenceman Tim Erixon for team Sweden and goaltender Joni Ortio for Finland.
OPENING DAY DECEMBER 26th, 2010
SWITZERLAND 4 GERMANY 3
Switzerland's Nino Niederreiter scored once and set-up another during a four-goal first-period flurry, that lifted Switzerland over Germany 4-3 Sunday in the opening game at the world junior hockey championship.
The New York Islanders first-round pick, fifth overall in 2010, scored 9:21 into the game to make it 2-0 and then assisted on Romain Loeffel's goal 27 seconds later.
Inti Pestoni and Luca Camperchioli were the other goal scorers in the opening frame.
Niklas Treutle stopped all 12 shots he faced after that but the damage was already done.
Marcel Noebels, Mattias Plachta, Corey Mapes each scored which broght the Germans within one however they fell just short to drop their opening game to Switzerland.
SWEDEN 7 NORWAY 1
Patrick Cehlin scored twice and had an assist as Sweden doused Norway 7-1 in its tournament opener.
Sebastian Wannstrom, Carl Klingberg, John Klingberg, Gabriel Landeskog, and Flames prospect Tim Erixon all scored for Sweden, which outshout Norway 46-11.
Eirik Borresen had Norway's lone goal.
CANADA 6 RUSSIA 3
Canada and Russia were knotted at three a piece after 40 minutes of play until Ryan Johansen and Brayden Schenn broke the tie with power-play goals early in the third period and Curtis Hamilton added a tally with 27 seconds left to play as Canada downed Russia 6-3 on Sunday before 18,690 at HSBC arena.
Marcus Foligno, scored Canada's first goal while defencemen Ryan Ellis, Erik Gudbranson each contributed for Canada in the second period.
Oilers prospect goaltender Olivier Roy stopped 24 of 27 shots posting a .889 save percentage in the win for Canada.
Canada outshot Russia 42-27.
Maxim Kitsyn, Nikita Dvurechenski and Danil Sobchenko had goals for Russia, whose star winger Vladimir Tarasenko was held to one assist.
USA 3 FINLAND 2 OT
Justin Faulk opened the scoring for the Americans at 18:54 of the first period. Joonas Nattinen and Iiro Pakarinen each scored for Finland as they pushed the US into overtime.
It was Nick Bjugstad who got the overtime game winner for the Americans in their tournament opener on Sunday night.
Flames prospect and Finnish goaltender Joni Ortio stopped 27 of the 30 shots thrown at him in the loss.