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Audio: Canada coach Dave Cameron and Sweden's Roger Ronnberg

Here is the post-game audio featuring Canada coach Dave Cameron and a slighly late arriving Roger Ronnberg of Sweden. Also included is audio of Sweden's Carl Klingberg and Canada's Ryan Ellis. First the coaches, then Klingberg and then Ellis.

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Cameron and Ronnberg

Klingberg

Ellis

---Miguel Rodriguez

Live: USA-Switzerland

We're back at HSBC Arena for the final game of the round-robin portion of the tournament as the USA looks to wrap up Group A with a win over Switzerland. There were around 17,000 folks in the building for Canada's shootout loss to Sweden. Right now, I'd say there might be 7,000 here for this one. A shame really but what can you do?

Scenarios: The US would play Canada in Sunday's quarterfinals if it loses this one in regulation. Things get all wacky with a US loss in overtime or shootout. We'll worry about those possibilities if we get there. A US win lines up a US-Canada semifinal.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

Third Period

9:49 p.m.: Game on.

15:52 left: Campbell with a good save on Schappi. US pretty loose in its own zone thus far. Playing with fire. 

15:10 left: Sven Bartschi drills a slapshot off the right post past a beaten Campbell. Close, close call.

10:00 left: US still hanging on. Shots are 37-21.

9:56 left: Schappi is dangerous. Nice pad save by Campbell.

4:30 left: Pounding story on print deadline as well. Nothing new to report. Still a tense, 2-1 game.

3:59 left: Campbell with the save of the night as Bartschi breaks in alone. Wow.

2:03 left: Shots are 41-26 for the US. These two goalies have played well above Roy and Lehner did in Canada-Sweden. Campbell looks like the difference maker for the US in this tournament.

1:00 left: Conz to the bench.

IT'S OVER:  US holds on 2-1, Final shots were 42-26.

Second Period

8:58 p.m.: Game on.

16:45 left: Impressed by the Swiss. Speedy bunch. Not intimidated at all. Solid goaltender. The USA certainly has an issue on its hands. 

16:33 left: Mitch Callahan robbed on the doorstep by Conz with the left pad.

13:31 left: Like how the Sabres put a few volunteers up on the HD board and salute them during a break in a game. The folks in the powder blue jackets are everywhere. And the PA announcement is right. They have a huge role in the tournament.

12:30 left: You wonder how in tune the Canadian fans in the building are to things. You're not hearing a lot of anti-US sentiment. I think they know enough to realize a US loss means a Canada-US quarterfinal, which is something neither side nor tournament organizers would really want.

12:09 left: The puck is behind Campbell and Switzerland leads, 2-1. Or do they? Under review. It's a deflection off the backboards. And it's NO GOAL. Puck was under Campbell's right pad in the crease, not his left pad inside the left goalpost and over the line.

10:07 left: Just about halfway home and still tied at 1-1. Shots are 29-13 for the US. A hot goalie can get you in these kind of tournaments.

7:57 left: Shots are 31-14.

6:07 left: Finally the breakthrough. Callahan with the wraparound from behind the net, beating Conz to the right post. US leads, 2-1.

40.7 left: In a fast-moving game, US goes down a man as Brian Dumoulin goes for holding.

End-2nd: It's 2-1 for Team USA. Shots are 34-17 (15-7 in that period). More dominant period.

First Period 

8:08 p.m.: The puck is dropped

18:00 left: I feel like I'm at a World Cup soccer game with vuvuzuelas around. The place is filled with people blowing New Year's Eve noisemakers. Ouch to my ears. Although blowing them in rhythm to the organ is actually kind of cool. Good thing they are to give us some noise here because so many of the Canada fans left. Think the loss means more or less drinking tonight on Chippewa Street on New Year's Eve? Tough call.

13:40 left: Shots are 4-4. No real solid chances for either side. Noisemakers starting to drive me so insane I'm actually rooting for the Thunderstix the Canadian fans had.

12:59 left: What's up here tonight? Switzerland takes a 1-0 lead as Inti Pestoni burns Jack Campbell with a quick snap shot on a 2-on-1 break. Pestoni's third of the tournament. It's the first time the US has trailed in any game.

10:44 left: Nino Niederreiter for cross checking for the Swiss 23 seconds after Swiss goalie Benjamin Conz turns away Ryan Bourque's slapshot on the Americans' first 2-on-1. Niederreiter is the No. 5 overall pick in this year's draft by the New York Islanders.

9:45 left: US ties it on the power play at 1-1 as Chris Krieder pounds home a one-timer after a great back pass from behind the net by Charlie Coyle.

8:17 left: Bourque stopped on another 2-on-1. But he's been flying. He's due. And the "USA, USA" chant goes up.

7:09 left: Shots are 12-8 for US. And here come the stupid blooper films we see at Sabres games. Maybe the folks here will make a New Year's resolution for 2011 to stop. Please? 

6:00 left: Are you making plans for Sunday? Canada will play in the 3:30 quarterfinal -- unless the US loses this game in regulation, in which case Canada and the US would play in the 7:30 game.

4:49 left: Vicious hit into the end boards by Tristan Scherway on Patrick Wey. Pretty much from behind. What's the call? He's get a two-minute minor and a 10-minute misconduct.

4:01 left: Coyle just misses on a great feed by Krieder but now it's a two-man advantage for 1:12 as Reto Schappi goes for slashing.

3:19 left: Campbell helps the US avert complete disaster by stopping Gregory Hofmann on a 2-on-1 after a great feed from Sven Bartschi. No excuse for that to happen when you're two men up. None. An aside: I'm feeling these Swiss names. Easier than doing a game with, say, Russia or the Czechs or Slovaks.

1:00 left: Conz is doing the job for Switzerland in goal. Shots are 19-9 for the US although it doesn't feel like there's that big an edge. The Swiss have had good chances in those nine shots. Campbell has made some tough saves.

End-1st: We're tied at 1-1. Shots are 19-10 for the US. Nervous time for the Americans in the wake of what happened to Canada.

Live: Russia/Czech Republic

Third Period:

8:56 p.m.: Puck drop. Unless Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin suddenly become Czechoslovakians, a heck of a lot younger and walk through that door, this one's over.

12:00: Looks like we'll coast to a merciful finish. Russia has been tapping the brakes since the middle of the second period.

8:59: GOAL, Czech. Ahhh, the pity clap. Michal Hlinka scores for the Czech Republic and the fans here cheer on. Something like routing for the straggler in a two-mile run in track.

0:00: There you have it. Game. Russia moves on. Czech heads to the consolation. FINAL: RUSSIA 8, CZECH 3.

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Second Period:

8 p.m.: Puck drop.

17:26 left: GOAL, Czech. Petr Straka cleans up the trash in front of the net for a much-needed goal there. 4-2, Russia.

15:32: GOAL, Russia. Weak goal. Defenseman Georgi Berdyukov just throws the puck at the net from the blue line and it sneaks through. 5-2.

13:30: GOAL, Russia. Tarasenko is for real. Another assist for the St. Louis Blues 16th overall pick. His shot bounces off the goal and a teammate buries it. 6-2. Czechs are dazed and confused. One player just broke his stick across the Russia goal.

9:38: GOAL, Russia. Or, um, sort of. That was sad. Czech defenseman scores on himself to give Russia a 7-2 lead.

9:00: GOAL, Russia. Kitsyn taps in the puck on a 2-on-1. This has become a laugher. Russia is creating offensive rushes at will. 8-2.

0:00: For nine minutes, Russia plays patty cake. Really showed some mercy the rest of the way.

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First Period:

7:08 p.m.: Puck drop.

19:12 left: Ding! Russia's Maxim Kitsyn hits the post right off the bat.

18:07: GOAL, Czechs. Jakub Orsava has his initial shot saved, the puck ricochets back to him and he finishes it. 1-0, Czech Republic.

17:03: GOAL, Russia. Quick answer on the power play. Russia's Dmitri Orlov unleashes a slapper from the blue line to tie it up at 1-1. High-energy game out of the gate.

13:37: GOAL, Russia. They're flying now. End-to-end Russia is creating chances. An initial shot on a rush leaks through the Czech goalie's pads and Yevgeni Kuznetsov buries it. 2-1.

11:30: GOAL, Russia. Russians are starting to pour it on now. Czechs look slow, uninterested defensively. This time, Russian Vladimir Tarasenko sifts through the Czech 'D' almost untouched and drops a pass to teammate Denis Golubev at the doorstep for an easy tap-in. 3-1.

9:12: GOAL, Russia. Shorthanded, Russians are even creating offense at will. Tarasenko rips through the Czech defense and eventually finishes what he started. Orlov's shot hits the post, falls to the right doorstep and Tarasenko scores it. 4-1, Russia.

3:50: Czech defenseman crosschecks Tarasenko into the neck after the whistle. No penalty. Czechs looking desperate, trying to agitate the Russians. Tarasenko didn't take the bait, calmly skating away.

0:00: That's it for the first. Russia in complete command of this game. Sure, it's against a slow Czech team but they look like a threat tonight.

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Win and you're in. It's as simple as that for Russia and the Czech Republic here at Dwyer Arena.

The winner secures the final quarterfinal spot in Group B and the loser heads to the relegation round. Both countries have certainly had their struggles in the top-heavy division. Russia, always a heavyweight, lost its first two games --- and even was tied with Norway, 2-2 --- before waking up. The Czech? Same story. Both teams ran into the Canada and Sweden buzzsaws.

A ton on the line tonight before a reported sold-out crowd. We're 25 minutes away. Keep it here for live updates all game.

---Tyler Dunne

 

Live: Canada vs. Sweden

We're close to faceoff for the big dukaroo, with the winner receiving a bye into the medal-round semifinals.

Thunderous cheers for Canada as it takes the ice. Sweden gets some boos briefly as it was introduced a few seconds after Canada.

Shootout

Sweden wins it, scoring twice on three tries against Roy as Anton Lander - who decreed the U.S, as the tournament favorite much to Canada's ire a week ago - clinches it. Calle Jarnkrok scored on first shootout try for Sweden. Robin Lehner bounces back after shaky start between pipes for Sweden as he stops Ryan Ellis and Brayden Schenn - who entered the game as the top scorers in the tournament.

Final score, Sweden 6-5 in a shootout. Carl Klingberg is player of game for Sweden, Marcus Foligno for Canada.

Overtime

6:31: Puck drop.

1:13 left: Time to catch up. Swedes have been buzzing throughout period. Have faceoff to left of Roy.

18.2: Schenn has best Canada chance of OT and shot from right circle is gloved and held by Lehner. Timeout Canada.

End of OT: Bring on the shootout. Shots 2-1 Sweden in OT and 41-34 for game. First shootout of the tournament.

Third period

5:54 p.m.: Puck drop.

16:38 left: Until this period, Sweden did fine job of staying out of box and not letting Canada's lethal power play go to work. That changes as back-to-back penalties leads to 5-on-4 goal by Brayden Schenn, his seventh of the tournament. On door step, he knocks in rebound of Ryan Johansen redirect shot off Calvin de Haan pass. Canada leads, 5-4.

14:22: Shots are now 33-27 in favor of Sweden. 

8:17: Patrick Cehlin had a tiny window to shoot at during a rush up the left wing but he beat Roy high stick side. Tied, 5-5.

3:54: After Canada fails to convert on its power play, Sweden receives one and catches a break as a Tim Erixon turnover to Howden produces three-quarters ice breakaway stopped by Lehner.

2:05: Lehner save of the game. With traffic in front of him, he gets right pad on Couturier blast from between the circles and freezes the puck quickly.

1:39: Sweden's Calle Jarnkrok misses glorious chance alone in front off feed from Johan Larsson as Canada defenseman just stretches stick out enough to tip puck over glass.

End of third: Tied 5-5. Overtime on horizon. Shots 39-32 Sweden. It is 4-on4 for five minutes and if no one scores, we go to a shootout, just like the NHL.

Second period

5:01 p.m.: Puck drop.

19:08 left: Klingberg knocks in a rebound during scramble seconds after ringing one off the post. Tied, 3-3.

17:19 left: Jesper Thornberg lets one rip from just outside left circle that ticks either stick or shin pad of defenseman Erik Gudbranson and beats Roy high stick side. Swede leads, 4-3.

15:23 left: Canada ties it short-handed and goal that survives review as Hamiton is rewarded for driving hard to net on 2-on-1 as feed hits his skate and beats Lehner. Not a distinct kicking motion as Hamilton was stopping and waiting for pass from Brayden Schenn. Tied, 4-4.

13:08: Shots are 24-11 in favor of Sweden. Swedes survived initial intimidation period and 10 miuntes of the game and haven't backed down a lick from physical play from Canadians.

6:00: Swedes come close as Anton Lander on doorstep as Roy stops bouncing puck. Roy briefly shaken but not stirred on play. He's staying in there.

5:34: It's a tie game and the Canadian fans are still doing the wave. Gotta love it.

End of second: Tied 4-4. Sweden holds 33-19 edge in shots, 18-10 in second period. Yes, Olivier Roy gave up two quickies in the period but Swedes would be leading by more if not for his work in the net. Swedes also would be leading if not for a soft goal and bad bounce that led to another against Lehner.

First period

4:09 p.m.: Puck drop.

19:02 left: That didn't take long for Canada to get this place rocking. Marcus Foligno in front of net tied up with Swedish defenseman and puck apparently went in off Swede as Sean Couturier is credited with unassisted goal initially given to Foligno. Canada leads, 1-0.

17:45 left: Max Friberg baseball swings rebound of blocked shot past Olivier Roy for power-play goal. Tied, 1-1.

16:40 left: Hello Mr. Larsson. Adam Larsson sent flying into his own net after making breakout pass by Canada's Ryan Johansen, Play stopped as net knocked off. Fans erupt into thunderous cheers.

12:04 left: Olivier Roy played like a king in helping Canada kill off Sweden power play. Four quality saves - two glove stops through traffic - and five saves overall as Canada kills off penalty.

5:48 left: Shots are 10-5 in favor of Sweden. Bobby Orr in attendance and receives a big cheer upon being introduced to the crowd from his seat in one of the suites during a media timeout. Wow, Bobby Orr's in the house. Huge.

5:05 left: Sweden strikes again. Carl Klingberg corrals rebound in left corner skates out to circle and fires shot that appeared to deflect off defenseman Ryan Ellis. Sweden leads, 2-1.

4:22 left: Cue up the Mr. Softee music. Robin Lehner, who has seen time with Ottawa and plays with Binghamton Senators of AHL, gives up long one on floater by Quinton Howden as it appeared the shot ticked off his glove or arm before tricking into the net. Tied, 2-2.

2:25: Foligno gets another rise out of the crowd with another thunderous hit on a Swedish defenseman,

:00.5: Just when it seemed like this thing would be tied, one of the arena's caroms works in Canada's favor as Curtis Hamilton knocks in rebound of shot by Johansen that went high and wide, hit a partitian in the left corner and ricocheted off a swedish defenseman into the crease where Hamilton poked in the gift with Lehner down and out. Canada leads, 3-2.

End of first: Canada leads 3-2 but it could easily be losing this one. Olivier Roy makes 13 saves as Swedes hold 15-9 edge in shots. Other observation, Foligno is playing like a man possessed, throwing his weight around at will against Swede crew that isn't very small. 

---Miguel Rodriguez

US looks to keep taking care of business

Team USA and Switzerland are both moving on to the medal round and the US can clinch a first-round bye with a win tonight at 8. The Americans took care of business Thursday night against overmatched Germany, posting a 4-0 win in which they really could have named their score. In three games, they have outscored their opponents, 13-3.

"We're really pleased," coach Keith Allain said today. "It's an identity I hoped we'd develop and we have. You win championships with good defensive play and I think we've been great on that side on the puck."

Nino Niederreiter, the top Islanders prospect who was taken fifth overall in last June's draft, has two goals in the tournament for Switzerland and is certainly a dangerous player.

"He's their key offensive guy," Allain said. "He appears he's doing a lot of it by himself but you never play one guy in hockey. Our impressions of Switzerland are that they appear to be a more aggressive forechecking team than Swiss teams of the past so we'll be ready for that."

Team USA has taken over the Sabres' locker room for the tournament. Check it out:

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

Live: Finland-Slovakia

The final day in the year 2010 features a tripleheader of action here at HSBC Arena with the officials taking the ice just before Finland and Slovakia.

This is the last day of preliminary round action for all teams. Finns have already clinched medal-round berth. Slovaks will be in the relegation round. Finns have outside chance of earning bye should they win and the Swiss upset the U.S. later tonight.

Finns wearing their white jerseys, Slovaks the dark blues that sort of resemble the old Winnipeg Jets uniforms.

Third period

2:21 p.m.: Puck drop. New goalie for Finland is Sami Aittokallio, who takes over for starter Joni Ortio - who was rarely tested in stopping all 10 shots he faced.

13:37 left: Not much happening. Some minor pushing at times during whistles but it's just hockey. Finns trying to get out of this one without any serious injuries.

6:00 left: Shots are 40-15 Finland as very few whistles and not too many scoring chances although a Finn player did just take a run at a Slovak near the benches.

2:11 left: Finland's Joel Armia hits the post. Second post for Finns in period.

Final: Finland wins, 6-0.

Second period

1:32: Puck drop.

13:15 left: Joonas Donskoi's one-timer on power play from just inside the blue line (in the middle) adds to Finns' lead. Finland leads, 4-0.

11:20: Haula scores his second of the game, this one short-handed, as Finns chase Holly from the game. Shots at this point, 24-7, in favor of the Finns. Finland leads, 5-0.

2:21 left: Thanks for the gift. Slovak defenseman loses puck between own circles, resulting in a tic-tac-toe finish goal for Valtteri Virkkunen. Finland leads, 6-0.

End of second: Finns lead 29-10. More talent than Slovaks to begin the tournament. Even more with Slovaks missing defensemen Martin Marincin (Edmonton Oilers prospect) and Peter Hrasko due to suspensions they earned for hitting U.S. hockey players with shots to the head Tuesday.

First period

12:39 p.m.: Puck drop.

18:20 left: Finland strikes first with Mikka Salomaki whacking in the rebound out of midair of shot by Julius Juntilla that handcuffed Slovak goalie Juraj Holly. Play reviewed and on-ice call stands. Finland leads, 1-0.

13:28 left: Jyrki Jokipakka with nifty redirect in front of a fine pass from the point by Toni Rajala on the power play. Finland leads, 2-0.

9:24: Erik Haula scores with relative ease. Rush down right wing, cuts in front and beats Slovak goalie high glove side. Slovaks take timeout after the goal. Finland leads, 3-0.

End of first: Finns dominating. Could be leading by more if not for a couple nice saves by Holly. Shots 17-2 in favor of Finland.

---Miguel Rodriguez

Live: USA/Germany

Third Period:

18:30: And we're back! Arena is still fairly full. No, there haven't been any "Canada" themed chants yet.

17:26: Penalties to Germany's Woidtke and USA's Brown. Two minutes apiece.

10:00: USA is really playing it safe. Since building that 4-0 lead, the Americans have been content.

8:00: Americans switched goalies at 9:02 mark, going to Andy Iles. Campbell appeared roughed up a bit after stopping a German rush in the second period. Here's thinking this is a precautionary move more than anything. Campbell appears fine on the bench. Don't want to fall victim to any Germany shenanigans.

3:22: Bourque gets two minutes for tripping. Right now, USA just needs to get out of the game without doing anything it'll regret. This game's been over for, well, about 2 hours.

0:00: Very solid team win for USA. Raced ahead early, clamped down defensively and stay undefeated.

FINAL: USA 4, GERMANY 0.

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Second Period:

15:00: Nothing of note thus far. Germany is still lifeless offensively, while the Americans pretty much do whatever they want.

12:05: GOAL, USA. Jon Merrill fires a shot from just inside the blue line off a pass from Bjugstad to put his team up, 3-0. Shots? 28-4. Germans are playing like a team that's already relegation bound.

7:30: Team USA hasn't unleashed as much fury on Treutle this period but Campbell still hasn't had any action at all on the other end.

7:01: Scrum breaks out behind the Germany net after Bernhard Keil gets two minutes from cross-checking. Looks like Germans were doing anything to get a spark. Not working.

6:40: GOAL, USA. Kyle Palmieri toys with the Germans. Holding the puck from the side, the Syracuse Crunch forward waits and waits and feeds Chris Kreider for a one-timer. 4-0, USA.

2:43: And there -- ladies and gentlemen -- was Germany's first great scoring chance of the night. Marcel Ohmann gets behind the 'D' but goalie Jack Campbell sprawls out to make the stop with his left foot. He was wiped out in the process. Is it worth sitting him if this game gets out of hand? Sure wouldn't want your stud goalie getting injured at this point.

0:00: Each USA player taps Campbell on the head and the Yanks head into intermission ahead 4-0. This one isn't in doubt.

First Period:

18:08: Germany's Marius Mochel beelines Chris Brown and the USA forward stands him up. Sound, physical play. Brown saw Mochel coming and unloaded his left shoulder into him. Great hit.

14:44: Ryan Bourque hits the right post on an odd-man rush for USA. Had a lot of net there. Rough break. Meanwhile, the Germany goal light finally stopping flashing. It was shining for at least three minutes.

13:58: Dumb penalty for the Germans. After a near US goal, Germany's Tom Kuhnhackyl takes the bait and roughs it up.

12:05: Germany goalie Niklas Treutle finishes a great sequence. Jamming at a loose puck in front, neither Nick Bjugstad or Brian Dumoulin can score.

9:16: Bourque gives Emerson Etem a beautiful feed and the Buffalo-basher can't finish. Etem had the entire net and missed it. Would have been interesting to hear the fan reaction had Etem scored.

7:56: Power play coming for Team USA, which holds a 12-2 edge in shots.

7:23: GOAL, USA. With four players fighting for the puck near the blue line, it squirted out to Charlie Coyle who easily skated in and roofed it for the game's first goal. 1-0.

6:35: GOAL, USA. And...the dam may have broken. German defender panics and drops the puck to Jerry D'Amigo and he does the rest. 2-0, USA. HSBC is not full here but definitely rocking. Lots of American flags out there.

4:36: Oh yeah, shots are in favor of Team USA, 17-2. Another PP coming...

0:00: Dominating first period by USA. Peppered the Germans from start to finish with a 23-2 advantage in shots.

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Time to switch gears to a game that may mean a tad more to you guys out there.

In game one, the Switerland survived a scare from Slovakia. In game two, Old Glory looks to stay undefeated against Germany. On paper, Team USA shouldn't have a problem. While the Germans (0-3) have suffered some excruciating losses, the Yanks were sharp in a 6-1 win over Slovakia Tuesday.

Still, this is a battered group. Jason Zucker, clobbered in that game against the Slovaks, is not dressed tonight. Jerry D'Amigo also had his clocked cleaned and did return. He's warming up as we speak.

Keep it here for updates all game. We're 20 minutes away.

---Tyler Dunne

 

Live: Russia-Norway

LEWISTON -- It's a battle of winless teams in the second half of an IIHF World Junior doubleheader at Dwyer Arena as Russia and Norway are set to face off at 7 p.m.

Russia has losses to Canada and Sweden, being outscored, 8-3 and shutout by the Swedes on Tuesday.

Norway is playing its final game of the preliminary round with losses to Sweden, Czech Republic and Canada. The Norwegians have been outscored, 19-2, in the tournament though that number is somewhat skewed by the 10-1 drilling it endured against Canada Wednesday night.

Check back for live updates throughout the game.

Final: Russia 8, Norway 2.

Third period

8:46 p.m.: Puck drop!

19:42 left: Russian strikes quickly for a two-goal lead as Danil Sobchenko's goal puts Russia up, 4-2.

11:31 left: Maxim Kitsyn scores to make it a 5-2 lead for Russia.

8:03 left: Skating 4-on-4 Russia takes a 6-2 lead.

4:42 left: And fans are starting to file out as Russia extends its lead to 7-2.

4:23 left: Make that 8-2.

Second period

7:57 p.m.: Puck drop! The teams start the period with 4-on-4 hockey after Russia's Maxim Berezin (roughing) and Norway's Mats Rosseli Olsen (cross-checking) were called for penalties after some rough-housing at the horn to end the first period.

15:57 left: A power play goal by Vladimir Tarasenko gives Russia a 3-2 lead. The Russians had good puck control and movement during the power play, putting players in front of the net and generating shots.

End of the second: Russia leads, 3-2.

First period

7:07: Game on! From introductions it feels like a pro-Norway crowd.

13:02 left: Russia takes a 1-0 lead when its rush yields a goal by Nikita Dvurechenski.

8:01 left: Dwyer comes alive with a goal by Norway. Nicholas Weberg jumped on a giveaway in the Russian zone and drilled it past goaltender Dmitri Shikin to tie the game, 1-1.

7:06 left: And just like that, Russia regains the lead, 2-1, as Danil Sobchenko put in a rebound that Norwegian goalie Lars Volden failed to control.

4:01 left: After a plethora of good chances, Norway cashed in with four seconds left on the power play to tie the game, 2-2.

End of the first: All tied up, 2-2.

--- Amy Moritz

Audio: Team Canada's Cameron, Foligno, Schenn and Schwartz

I'm still fascinated by the media coverage the Canadian junior team gets by our neighbors to the north. Press conferences for the team feel like major events.

I took part in one Thursday at HSBC Arena, as coach Dave Cameron discussed the injury to Jaden Schwartz, and his team's preparation for Friday's showdown with Sweden.

Here's audio from Cameron, Schwartz, Sabres prospect Marcus Foligno and Brayden Schenn, the tournament's leading scorer to this point.

Coach Dave Cameron

Marcus Foligno

Jaden Schwartz

Brayden Schenn

---Jay Skurski

http://twitter.com/jayskurski

Live: Slovakia/Switzerland

Third Period:

14:30: GOAL, Slovakia. That'll wake everybody. After a sloppy start to the period, Slovakia's Andrej Stasny scores to cut the Swiss lead to 4-3. Stasny slams his stick on the ice in celebration.

12:00: Swiss getting very sloppy. From afar, Switzerland has the better team. Faster, better goaltending, etc. But its defensemen are getting very careless with the puck. Slovaks could easily steal this one.

9:50: Niederreiter loiters into the slot untouched and gets a little too cute. Instead of shooting, he drops a pass to a teammate who cannot convert.

7:52: GOAL, Slovakia. We're all tied up at 4-4. Richard Panik roofs it on a hard drive in. Great goal.

5:54: GOAL, Swiss. Samuel Walser scores on the rebound to put his team back up by one, 5-4. Goal is reviewed and stands.

1:50: Switzerland's defense is clamping down. Not many open lanes for Slovaks out there.

0:59: Suddenly, Slovakia looks tired, uninspired. Your entire tourney is on the line, fellas.

0:30: And there you go. Game, set, match. Pestoni slices throught two Slovak defenders for an empty-netter. 6-4, Swiss.

0:00: That's all from here. Switzerland wins and should have enough points to reach the quarterfinal round. Wasn't pretty but they'll take it.

Second Period:

20:00: Surprise, surprise. Slovaks make a goalie change. Riecicky is on the bench. In is backup Juraj Holly.

18:31: GOAL, Slovakia. We have a game again. Slovak forward Marek Hrivik scored to cut the Swiss lead back to one, 3-2.

11:39: Tremendous individual effort by Switzerland defenseman Nicholas Steiner. Slovakia created a 2-on-1 inside the blue line and, somehow, Steiner sprawled out to poke away the puck. This just two minutes after the Slovaks botched another 2-on-1. With a wide-open net, Tomas Jurco couldn't score on the rebound. The red light behind the glass even came on in anticipation of a sure goal. Still 3-2 here.

9:45: GOAL, Swiss. Niederreiter sends a missile in from the left circle to give his team a 4-2 lead.

5:54: Swiss penalty on Tristan Scherwey for cross-checking. Slovaks have the edge in shots, 20-19, and have dominated most of the period.

2:54: GOAL, Swiss. But it's disallowed. Easy call there. Another player clearly in the crease.

0:00: Slovakia plays a much better period of hockey but still down two goals. Not easy to swallow.

First Period:

19:19: And we're off. Swiss in red. Slovaks in white. Swiss Gregory Hofmann rips a hard shot from the left circle that Riecicky stops.

17:05: A little trickeration. Switerland's Reto Schappi drops a no-look pass to Niederreiter behind him and the forward fires a wrister that's saved. Look for Niederreiter to shoot early and often today. Swiss star only had three shots in his team's shutout loss to Finland.

15:10: Swiss goalie Benjamin Conz poke-checks away a good Slovak chance right in front. After a pair of penalties, we'll have some 4-on-4 action now.

11:45: GOAL, Swiss. Puck careens off back wall, out in front and Gregory Hofmann (sounds like a good realtor name, eh?) stuffs it home. 1-0, Switzerland.

10:35: GOAL, Slovakia. And the Slovaks answer immediately. Working behind the net -- a Swiss player jamming his stick in his game --- Michael Vandas somehow flips the puck to Peter Sisovsky in front. Sisovsky scores it and we have a game. Both teams have picked up the tempo after a sluggish start.

8:10: GOAL, Swiss. Wow. Never seen anything like this before. This tops Derek Plante's goal on Ron Tugnutt by a long shot. Swiss defenseman Dominik Schlumpf simply flings a half-hearted shot from the red center line at the goalie in the the middle of a change.....and the puck trickles through Riecicky's five-hole. Just an atrocious goal to let in. That was youth soccer-esque. 2-1, Switzerland. Poor goalie gets a resounding mock cheer after his next save.

1:57: Switzerland will finish the period on the power play after Inti Pestoni beats a Slovak defender and is held.

1:43: Move aside, Riecicky. A new goat is in town. Shorthanded, Slovakia's Juraj Majdan breaks free, is taken down and is promptly rewarded with a penalty shot. Only, on his attempt, Majdan completely whiffes. Maybe this ice needs a Zamboni fast, but that was just hard to watch. Again, HSBC Arena breaks into laughter.

1:08: GOAL, Swiss. Sven Bartschi connects on a slap shot to put his team up, 3-1. After those two Slovakia blunders, the score feels a lot worse than that too.

0:00: Switzerland plays well, sure. But Slovakia sure is trying its best to give this game away.

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After an uplifting overtime win to begin the tournament, Slovakia took a harsh plunge to reality against Team USA Tuesday in a 6-1 loss. Today, the Slovaks will face a Swiss team that's been up and down thus far. After hanging on to beat Germany, Switzerland was shut out, 4-0, by Finland.

In short, urgency is high for both teams today here at HSBC Arena. The player to watch is no doubt Swiss captain Nino Niederreiter. The New York Islanders' fifth overall pick in the 2010 entry draft struggled big time in his team's loss to Finald. Coach Richard Jost said Niederreiter was pressing.

Really, can you blame him? Nino is the highest drafted Swiss ever. A year ago, he was named a tournament all-star at the World Juniors. Only 16 Swiss players have made it to the NHL. For a 19 year old, he's facing a lot of pressure.

For Switzerland to get back into the medal picture, Niederreiter needs to produce against a reeling Slovak bunch. For Slovakia, goalie Dominik Riecicky needs to recapture his 47-save magic from a few days ago. Keep it right here for updates all game gang. We're roughly 20 minutes away.

---Tyler Dunne

 

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