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Day 5 updates from WJC

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Three Flames prospects will be taking part in the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo, New York. Starting December 26th, 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.



Team Switzerland secured a spot in the top three of the Group A division and a playoff spot in the tournament after beating Team Slovakia 6-4 Thursday night.

Gregory Hofmann got the Swiss on the board first sneaking one past Slovak net goaltender Dominic Riecicky. Peter Sisovsky was quick to answer back for Slovakia and tie the game one minute later.

Dominik Schlumpf and Sven Bartschi each added one for Switzerland later in the first period.

Calgary Hitmen goaltender Juraj Holly started in net for the second period in relief of struggling starter Riecicky. Marek Hrivik put Slovakia back into the game less then two minutes into the second period, for a 3-2 score but the
New York Islanders’ prospect Nino Niederreiter answered back with a goal to hold a two-goal lead heading into the third.

Andrej Stastny and Richard Panik worked to claw Slovakia back into the game in the third period each picking up a goal but Team Switzerland would take the victory 6-4 in the end by scoring a pair of their own.

The loss drops Slovakia to 0-1-0-2 in the tournament, which eliminates them from contending for a medal in this year’s tournament. The Slovaks play Finland tomorrow in the HSBC Arena at 12:30 PM.

Switzerland won’t have much time to celebrate, as they go right back to work tomorrow night against a tough Team USA. The puck drops at 8:00 PM inside the HSBC Arena.


Team Sweden remain undefeated after beating the Czech Republic for their third straight win with a 6-3 victory.

The Czech's opened the scoring in the first period however Sweden was able to take over and score three before the 20 minutes was done.

Sweden kept the ball rolling into the second period as they picked up two more to extend their lead to 5-1.

Martin Frk inched the Czech's closer as he scored twice in the second period to make the score 5-3 Sweden.

That's as much as the Czech team could muster as Team Sweden kept the Czech's off the board for the rest of the game and Calle Jarnkrok added their sixth goal of the game to secure the win and remain tied with Canada in the Group B standings.

Sweden faces off against Canada at 2:00 p.m MT Friday at HSBC Arena, and the winner will be exempt from the quarterfinals. Team Czech Republic looks to rebound as they face off against Russia at 5:00 P.M MT Friday at Dwyer Arena.


Russia finally picked up their first win of the tournament Thursday night after dominating Norway by a score of 8-2. A total of 14 different skaters tallied at least one point by the end of the game, 7 picking up 2 or more.

The game appeared to be a closer game then the score read at the end. After 40 minutes of play, Russia led Norway 3-2. It was the third period flurry of goals that explained the score.

Danil Sobchenko, Maxim Kitsyn , Andrei Sergeyev , Yevgeni Kuznetsov, and Artyom Voronin all scored for Russia in the final period of play.

The Norwegians completed their final game of the preliminary round, finishing with a record of 0-4. They now head to the relegation round, in which they will look to avoid a demotion to the Division 1 level for next year’s championship. The team’s next game takes place at Dwyer Arena on January 2nd at 1:30 PM MT against Slovakia, the fourth seed of Group A.

Russia faces-off in their final game of the preliminary round against the Czech Republic tomorrow night, with the winner advancing to the Quarterfinals, and the loser headed to the relegation round. Puck drop is scheduled for 5 PM at Dwyer Arena.

USA 4  Germany 0

Team USA will head into the final day of preliminary games of the World Juniors as the top seed after defeating Germany 4-0 on Thursday night at HSBC Arena in BUffalo, NY.

Charlie Coyle got Team USA on the board first on the PP at 12:37 of the first period. Jerry D'Amigo added to the tally by scoring under a minute later.

Jon Merrill and Chris Kreider each scored for Team USA in the second period to secure the victory.

Team USA’s goaltender, Jack Campbell, started in his third consecutive game in this tournament and improved to a 1.46 goals-against average with Thursday's win. Campbell was relieved by Andy Iles with ten minutes remaining in the final period.

USA will play against Switzerland in their last preliminary game of the tournament on Dec. 31st at 6:00 pm MT at HSBC Arena. If they beat Switzerland in regulation, they are guaranteed to take top seed in Group A.

Team Germany played in their last preliminary game tonight and their remaining schedule is to be determined.

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