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.
DECEMBER 27th, 2010 GAMES
SLOVAKIA 2 GERMANY 1
Marek Hrivik picked up the overtime winner for Slovakia Monday night at the HSBC Arena to get the win over Germany.
It was all Germany in the first period of play as they outshot Slovakia 16-9. Slovakian Goaltender Dominik Riecicky turned aside all 16 shots, including a shootout attempt by Germany’s forward Tom Kuhnhackl to keep the game scoreless after 20 minutes.
Less than ten seconds into the second period, Richard Panik’s wrist shot beat German goaltender Philipp Grubauer over his right shoulder to give Slovakia a 1-0 lead.
Norman Hauner scored the lone goal for Germany as he snatched up a loose puck in front and put it past Riecicky to knot the game at one.
Goaltending took over the show in the third period as each team threatened to win in regulation. Even though the Germans outshot Slovakia 48-39, they were the ones who found themselves on top in overtime when Hrivik chipped in a rebound.
Riecicky stopped 47 of Germany’s shots to help Slovakia earn their first victory of the preliminary round. Germany's Grubauer was also very strong in net as he turned aside 37 Slovak shots in the loss.
Slovakia (1-0) will be back in action tomorrow night at 8 PM Eastern against Team USA (1-0) inside the HSBC Arena.
Team Germany returns to the ice on Wednesday Dec. 29. They challenge Finland at the HSBC Arena for a 3:30 PM contest.
CZECH REPUBLIC 2 NORWAY 0
Niagara University, NY – Antonin Honejsek picked up a goal and an assist to help lift the Czech Republic to a 2-0 victory over Norway Monday night. Honejsek scored with his team shorthanded in the third period. The Czech forward danced around three Norwegian d-men to then beat Norway's goaltender Steffen Soberg.
Tomas Rachunek opened the scoring for Team Czech Republic with 6:05 remaining in the second period which ended up to be the game winning goal. Rachunek accepted a nice pass in the slot from Honejsek and found an empty spot to bury the puck and give his team the 1-0 lead.
Soberg was impressive in the second period as he stopped 16 of the 17 Czech shots and finished with a total of 36 saves after 60 minutes.
Czech netminder Marek Mazanec turned aside all 21 shots thrown at him to record the shutout. Norway dropped to 0-2 overall in the tournament.
Both team’s next action will take place at HSBC Arena against Team Canada, December 28th for Team Czech Republic and December 29th for Team Norway.