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 29th, 2010 GAMES
FINLAND 5 GERMANY 1
Finland threw 44 shots on two German goaltenders to help them secure their second win of the tournament beating Germany 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Joonas Nattinen scored first for Finland at the 15:59 mark of the opening period. It wasn't until the second period when the game would break wide open for the Finns and continue to put the pucks in the net.
Miikka Salomaki, Joonas Donskoi and Jesse Virtanen all tallied goals within nine minutes for the Finns in the second period to take a dominating 4-0 lead over the Germans.
German goaltender Phillipp Grubauer kept his team in the game by stopping 24 out of the 28 shots, until he was replaced by backup Nikalas Treutle with five minutes to play in the second period. Treutle stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced.
Finland forward Erik Haula scored the only goal on Treutle at the 56:07 mark with his first goal of the tournament.
Haula commented on his first goal, ” I have had plenty of chances to score and this one finally went in.”
The Germans finally found the scoreboard in the third period when Tobias Rieder beat Calgary Flames prospect Joni Ortio, who made 28 out of 29 saves in the game.
Finland tipped their fifth goal of the game in with four minutes to play in regulation.
Germany will look for their first win of the tournament Thursday when they face Team USA at 5:00pm MT while Finland will look to keep rolling against Slovakia on Friday at 10:30 a.m. MT. Both games will be played at the HSBC Arena.
CANADA 10 NORWAY 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Brayden Schenn continues to roll for Canada in the 2011 IIHF WOrld Junior Championships as the leading scorer with four goals and an assist in a 10-1 victory over Norway. With his four goals tonight, Schenn now has 12 points in three games.
Casey Cizikas found the back of the net first for Canada in the first period less than two minutes into the first period.
Ryan Johansen got the helper on Canada's second goal by sending a nice pass over to an open Schenn in front who made it look easy for his first one of the night.
Erik Gudbranson, Louis Leblanc and Marcus Foligno all added goals for Team Canada in the first period as well as Schenn tallied his second of the game before the first was over.
Norway’s Rasmus Juell finally got his team on the board in the first period to make it 6-1 after 20 minutes.
Schenn picked up his hat trick goal on Lars Volden who replaced Steffan Soberg who pulled himself after Canada’s fifth goal. Schenn picked up his hat trick after just 21 minutes of play to make it 7-1 Canada.
Schenn continued his dominant play into the third period as he scored his fourth goal of the evening just over four minutes into the third period.
Sean Couturier and Gudbranson polished off the night with two goals in the dying minutes of the third period to secure a 10-1 victory over Norway.
Ryan Ellis was another notable player of the night with 1 goal and 3 assists for a three-game total of 3 goals and 6 assists. After tonight’s contest, Ellis takes the title as all-time leading scorer among defensemen in the World Junior tournaments.
Norway takes on Russia at 5 p.m. MT tomorrow evening at Dwyer Arena, while Canada takes tomorrow to rest before tackling Sweden on Friday Dec. 31 for a 2 p.m. MT showdown.