Canada Silver, USA Bronze
Russia defeats Canada to win gold; USA wins Bronze
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Three Flames prospects took part in the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo, New York.
The Flames prospects that played for their countries were defenceman John Ramage, who won the Bronze medal as the captain of Team USA, defenceman Tim Erixon who finished 4th with Team Sweden and goaltender Joni Ortio for Finland who finished 6th overall.
JANUARY 5th, 2011
BRONZE MEDAL GAME
USA 4 SWEDEN 2
Oscar Lindberg got Sweden on the board first at 11:58 of the second period. Lindberg picked up his own rebound and backhanded it through the legs of Jack Campbell from a tough angle.
Chris Kreider quickly answered back for the Americans on the power play at 13:32. Kreider would get another one before the night was over to help secure a medal for his team.
Campbell was outstanding in net again for the Americans stopping 34 shots. The U.S. outshot Sweden 44-36.
Drew Shore picked up Americans second goal from just 52 seconds into the third period to give the US a 2-1 lead as he deflected Justin Faulk's shot from the blue line.
Nick Bjugstad added to the lead at 11:40 getting one past Petersson Wentzel.
Jesper Fasth cut the lead for Sweden when he scored on his own rebound just two and a half minutes later. Kreider then made it 4-2 with 1:53 left in regulation time.
Flames prospect, Swedish defenseman Tim Erixon was held to just one shot and finished with a -1 on the night while the captain of USA, John Ramage had 2 shots and was even.
"It was a good effort by our guys and I think we're all pretty proud of the bronze," said Ramage. "It was a great experience. The bond you get with these guys over three weeks is undescribable. It was awesome to play in Buffalo on our home soil and it was a great tournament."
GAME SUMMARY, HIGHLIGHTS
USA has won the bronze medal after defeating Sweden 4-2 Wednesday night.
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GOLD MEDAL GAME
RUSSIA 5 CANADA 3
Two goals in 13 seconds by the Russians to open the third period and close the gap to 3-2. Five goals in 20 minutes to complete the come-from-behind victory and win the Gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Championships. Artemi Panarin picked up two of the five third period goals and Yevgeni Kuznetsov had three assists.
The Russians never gave up hope. They knew that they were good enough to win, and they showed that over the last three games as they continued to get better and better.
"We simply believed in ourselves," Panarin said. "That’s why we won today, and two days ago, and three days ago."
Canada was brilliant through the first 40 minutes of play with goals from Ryan Ellis, Carter Ashton and Brayden Schenn. They obviously underestimated the Russians who had come from behind in their last three games. The defense began to collapse as did the confidence of goaltender Mark Visentin.
The Russians came out in the third with a new team. A team full of despiration and confidence as Panarin and Maxim Kitsyn scored 13 seconds apart starting at just 2:33 into the final frame. This changed the momentum and silenced the pro-Canada sold out crowd.
Nikita Dvurechenski put the nail in the coffin at 18:44 when he beat the overwhelmed Visentin to make it 5-0.
Team Canada will settle for Silver again for the second strait year. They had their revenge on the Americans who beat them last year for the Gold but now they will look for revenge against Russia next year when the 2012 World Junior Championships will move to Calgary and Alberta.
Author: Kristi Hennessy