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 28th, 2010 GAMES
FINLAND 4 SWITZERLAND 0
Team Finland picked up their first win in the World Juniors tournament after beating Switzerland 4-0 at HSBC Arena on Tuesday afternoon.
Finland peppered Switzerland goaltender Benjamin Conz with 18 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes of play. Conz blocked all but one, a goal by Joonas Nattinen, with 19 seconds left in the period.
Flames prospect and Finnish goaltender Joni Ortio, was solid in net against the United States. Ortio made a nice glove save on a breakaway attempt by Swiss star forward, Nino Neiderreiter, who was held to just three shots on goal through 60 minutes of hockey.
Finland was held to just seven shots on goal in the second period however, Jaakko Turtiainen tallied one when he took a shot from the bottom of the right circle to beat Conz to make it 2-0 to after 40 minutes.
Finland added another two goals in the second period. The first was a power play goal by Teemu Pulkkinen and the second by Julius Junttila. Finland finished the game shorthanded in the last two minutes of the game and managed to preserve Ortio’s shutout.
Finland hosts Germany for a 1:30 p.m. MT contest on Wednesday Dec. 29 and Switzerland will face Slovakia on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m MT.
CANADA 7 CZECH REPUBLIC 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Team Czech Republic opened the scoring less than one minute into the game as Antonin Honejsek snapped a shot on net from the top of the left circle to beat Olivier Roy.
It was Brayden Schenn's performance with one goal and four assists that helped Canada’s dominate the Czech's in the 7-2 victory on Tuesday night in Buffalo, NY.
Canada took over after the Czech goal with Schenn and Jaden Schwartz each scoring on the man advantage late in the first period to go up 2-1 for Canada. Both of Canada's goals were scored within thirty seconds.
Canadian Zack Kassian was called for checking five minutes into the second period and was handed a game misconduct. Team Canada’s penalty kill unit went to work defending the Czechs man-advantage for five minutes.
Schenn streaked down the right wing with Louis Leblanc on a shorthanded opportunity, made a quick pass to Leblanc who deked Czech goaltender Filip Novotny, and made it 3-1 Canada.
Captain Ryan Ellis and Erik Gudbranson both added to the scoreboard before the end of the second period. The Czechs grew frustrated and began to take penalties in the final frame. They were sent to the box three times within five minutes of each other. Canada capitalized on the man advantage, notching two more power-play goals for a 7-1 lead with half of the third period remaining.
Jakub Jerabek net another goal for the Czech team on the power play later in the period but Canada walked away with the 7-2 victory over the Czech Republic.
Netminder Novotny turned aside 30 shots as Canada outshot Team Czech Republic 37-19.
After two games in this year’s World Junior tournament, Schenn leads Team Canada with 2 goals and 5 assists.
Canada (2-0) challenges Norway (0-2) tomorrow Dec. 29 for a 5:30 p.m. MT contest while the Czech Republic has a night off and is back in action against Sweden (1-0) on Thursday Dec. 30.
SWEDEN 2 RUSSIA 0
Niagara University, NY – A pair of goals from Oilers prospect Anton Lander and Jesper Fasth less than four minutes apart in the first period helped to lift Sweden 2-0 over the Russians on Monday night in a fast-faced, end-to-end hockey game.
With the win, Sweden improved their record to a perfect 2-0 at the midway point of the tournament’s preliminary round.
Sweden goaltender Robin Lehner, who plays for the Binghamton Senators of the AHL was impressive turning away all 30 Russian shots in his tournament debut.
The Swedes extended their lead to 2-0 just 3:22 later, capitalizing on a neutral zone turnover by Russia. Sweden’s Calle Jarnkrok broke in on a two-on-one rush and fed linemate Jesper Fasth with a cross-ice pass and Fasth deposited the puck into the near corner of the net.
Russian netminder Dmitri Shikin played solid, keeping the game close for the entire game and finished with 35 saves.
With tonight’s loss, Russia falls to 0-2 overall so far in the tournament. Both teams return to action on December 30th at Dwyer Arena. Sweden takes on the Czech Republic at 1 PM MT and Russia faces off against Norway at 5 PM MT.
USA 6 SLOVAKIA 1
Team USA kept the ball rolling on Tuesday night as they rolled over Team Slovakia 6-1 at the HSBC Arena.
Kyle Palmieri led the charge for Team USA, as the Anaheim Ducks prospect scored two goals and notched an assist in the Americans’ victory.
Charlie Coyle opened the American’s scoring, as he found Kyle Palmieri in front of the net to put Team USA up 1-0 early in the first.
The Americans added a power play goal at 8:02 of the first period as Palmieri found tallied his second goal of the game. Team USA outshot the Slovaks 22-1 after 20 minutes of play.
Team USA showed no signs of slowing down, as Coyle, Chris Brown, Drew Shore, and Emerson Etem each added a goal and head into the second intermission with a 6-1 lead.
Slovak goaltender Dominik Riecicky was relieved by Calgary Hitmen's goaltender Juraj Holly after stopping 34 shots.
Tomas Jurco scored the lone goal for Slovakia in the second period.
No goals were scored in the third period to final the score 6-1.
Slovakia drops to 1-1 in the tournament, but have a chance to rebound on Thursday night as they face off against Switzerland (1-1) at the HSBC Arena at 1:00 PM MT.
Team USA increases to 2-0 in the tournament and will next face Germany (0-2) on Thursday night. The puck drops at 5:00 PM MT at the HSBC Arena.