BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Three Flames prospects are taking part in the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo, New York. Calgaryflames.com is on location in Buffalo to provide you with daily reports, 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.
JANUARY 3rd, 2011
SWEDEN 3 RUSSIA4 (SO)
Team Russia will head to the gold medal game Wednesday night after defeating Team Sweden 4-3 in a shootout. Russia will be up against either Canada or USA for the gold for the first time since 2007.
Denis Golubev scored Russia's second shootout shot to win the game while Dmitri Shikin turned aside all three of his shooters. Sweden came close as their last shooter, Anton Lander almost found the back of the net but it hit the post and went out. The Russian goaltender was excellent in the game stopping 46 of 49 shots on the night.
The game got to overtime thanks to a tying goal by Sergei Kalinin of Russia with just 87 seconds left in the third period, the team's second improbable rally in less than 24 hours.
Vladimir Tarasendo drew first blood in the contest scoring 6:37 into the first period. Denis Golubev added to the tally scoring at the 7:09 marker of the second period.
Sweden found the scoreboard with 2:01 left in the second period to close the gap to one heading into the intermission.
The blue and yellow tied the game 1:20 into the third when Calle Järnkrok tipped in a pass from defenseman Adam Larsson past Shikin to make it a 2-2.
They thought they had the game when they scored with 3:19 left on the clock to get what looked like the go-ahead goal. Never count the Russians out as just like their last game against Finland, they were down a pair of goals and never gave up.
Sergei Kalinin scored the 3-3 goal – his first of the tournament – with 1:27 left after a scramble in front of Robin Lehner to force overtime.
The ten minutes of 4-on-4 hockey did not solve anything which brings us to a SO and the rest is history. Sweden will now play for a Bronze medal on Wednesday afternoon.
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CANADA 4 USA1
Team Canada has elimated the 2010 gold medalists in the semi-final game by a score of 4-1 Monday night. They will now move on to face Team Russia in the gold medal game. A game that no one would have predicted based on the teams on paper. The two have however battled for a gold medal three times in the last 10 years.
Edmonton Oiler prospect Curtis Hamilton, Florida Panthers prospect Quinton Howden, Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Johansen, and Buffalo Sabres prospect Zack Kassian all scored for Canada while Chris Brown got the lone U.S. goal midway through the final period to break Mark Visentin's shutout.
Canada came out fast and furious in front of a sold out, electric crowd at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY. A crowd that seemed like 90% Canadian fans in an American rink, chanting CA-NA-DA!
Hamilton struck first for Canada 2:38 into the opening frame to set the tone of the evening. Howden kept the crowd roaring as he was able to capitalize on a 2-on-1 opportunity with Brett Connolly at 13:54 of the first.
Canada was able to go up 3-0 at 5:59 of the second period when they drew two minors and were granted a 5-on-3 for 1:36 seconds. Ryan Johansen was able to tap in a rebound past goaltender Jack Campbell from a hard Ryan Ellis shot from the point.
Kassian added the fourth goal on a break-away chance at 6:02 of the final frame. Curtis Brown then answered back for the Americans and shattered the shutout for Mark Visentin three minutes later on the power play.
Canada threw 41 shots on Jack Campbell who stopped 37 of them while the USA had 23 shots on Visentin.
USA will now face Sweden in what was assumed to be the gold medal game, for the Bronze medal on Wednesday night at 1:30 pm MT. Canada and Russia will battle it out at 5:30 pm MT.