BUFFALO, N.Y. – Canada's National Junior Team has advanced to the gold medal game at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship after defeating the United States 4-1 in semifinal action on Monday.
Curtis Hamilton (Kelowna, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL) and Quinton Howden (Oak Bank, Man./Moose Jaw, WHL) scored first-period goals, Ryan Johansen (Port Moody, B.C./Portland, WHL) scored in the second and Zack Kassian (LaSalle, Ont./Windsor, OHL) rounded it out in the third as Canada outshot the Americans 41-23. Mark Visentin (Waterdown, Ont./Niagara, OHL) made 22 saves in goal, picking up his third win of the tournament.
The gold medal game between Canada and Russia is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, January 5, at HSBC Arena. The game will mark Canada’s 10th consecutive appearance in the gold medal game at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
The U.S. and Sweden will face off in the bronze medal game on Wednesday, starting at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT.
Both games will be broadcast live on TSN, RDS, TSN.ca and The Fan Radio Network. Check your local listings for times in your area.
SCHEDULE - 2011 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEDAL ROUND
Bronze medal game 3:30 p.m. ET USA vs. SWE HSBC Arena (Buffalo, N.Y)
Gold medal game 7:30 p.m. ET CAN vs. RUS HSBC Arena (Buffalo, N.Y)
NOTE TO MEDIA: Please note that telephone interviews with players and staff will be limited during the medal round, due to the team schedule and numerous media requests on site. Send your requests for interviews well in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We will do our best to accommodate these requests. This process will apply for the rest of the tournament.
RETURN FLIGHT INFORMATION FOR TEAM CANADA MEMBERS FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 6
Flights are listed alphabetically by final destination and all flight information listed with local times.
Toronto-area players will not be on flights. Acadie-Bathurst, N.B. 5:30 p.m. (AC 8740) Olivier Roy
Belleville, Ont. TBD George Burnett
Calgary, Alta. TBD Scott Salmond
Colorado Springs, Colo. 1:24 p.m. (UA 5931) Jaden Schwartz
Charlottetown, P.E.I. 6:57 p.m. (AC 106) Kevin Elliott
Duluth, Minn. 2:29 p.m. (UA 5931) Dylan Olsen
Kelowna, B.C. 2:27 p.m. (AC 5295) Ryan Huska
Kelowna, B.C. 6:04 p.m. (AC 121) Tyson Barrie, Quinton Howden
Kingston, Ont. 2:42 p.m. (AC 7366) Erik Gudbranson
Kitchener, Ont. TBD Dan Lebold
London, Ont. TBD Doug Stacey
Mississauga, Ont. TBD Dave Cameron, Casey Cizikas
Moncton, N.B. 5:19 p.m. (AC 106) Serge Leblanc
Montreal, Que. 1:13 p.m. (AC 410) Sean Couturier, Simon Després, Louis Leblanc,
Niagara, Ont. TBD Mark Visentin
Oshawa, Ont. TBD Calvin de Haan
Pasco, Wash. 4:36 p.m. (UA 5931) Carter Ashton
Peterborough, Ont. TBD Ron Tugnutt
Portland, Ore. 3:53 p.m. (UA 7556) Ryan Johansen
Prince George, B.C. 6:33 p.m. (AC 8207) Brett Connolly
Regina, Sask. 3:10 p.m. (AC 1115) Cody Eakin
Saskatoon, Sask. 2:35 p.m. (AC 8841) Curtis Hamilton
Saskatoon, Sask. 6:45 p.m. (AC 1125) Derek Blais
Spokane, Wash. 3:56 p.m. (Delta 3134) Jared Cowan
Sudbury, Ont. 1:55 p.m. (AC 7811) Marcus Foligno
Toronto, Ont. TBD Tim Rindlisbacher
Vancouver, B.C. 4:07 p.m. (AC 109) Ben Cooper
Windsor, Ont. 1:17 p.m. (AC 7753) Ryan Ellis, Zack Kassian
Winnipeg, Man. 2:57 p.m. (AC 263) Brayden Schenn