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Posted: January 5th, 2014

Oscar Dansk

MALMO, Sweden – Andre Burakovsky and Oscar Dansk won medals today at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
But it wasn’t the medal they wanted – gold. The Erie Otters duo and their Swedish teammates settled for silver after a 3-2 overtime loss to Finland in the gold-medal game.
Heavily favored Sweden (6-1-0) lost for the first time in the tournament when Buffalo Sabres prospect Rasmus Ristolainen slid around the defense and slipped a shot under Dansk’s pad 9 minutes, 42 seconds into the extra period to secure Finland’s first World Juniors championship since 1998. Finland is the fifth different winner since 2009.
Dansk, the third-string goaltender on Sweden’s silver-medal team last year, finished the

Andre Burakovsky

tournament with a 5-1-0 record, and ranked second and third overall, respectively, in goals-against average (1.79) and save percentage (.928). Dansk was awarded a Directorate Award as the tournament’s best goaltender.
Ristolainen was named the top defenseman, while Sweden’s Filip Forsberg was named the top forward. Burakovsky, a native of Malmo, was held without a point for the third straight game to finish with three goals and seven points in seven games. Finland (5-1-1) held 1-0 and 2-1 leads in regulation, but Sweden rallied to tie each time. Christian Djoos‘ power-play goal with 9:07 left in the third period forced overtime.

IIHF World Junior Championship recap
at Malmo, Sweden
Semifinals – Saturday

Sweden 2, Russia 1
Finland 5, Canada 1
Medal round – Today
Bronze-medal game: Russia 2, Canada 1
Gold-medal game: Finland 3, Sweden 2 (OT)

Posted: January 4th, 2014

Oscar Dansk

MALMO, Sweden – Erie Otters teammates Andre Burakovsky and Oscar Dansk will play for the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
Dansk stopped 26-of-27 shots to lead unbeaten Sweden to a 2-1 semifinal win against Russia today. Sweden (6-0-0) moves into Sunday’s 1 p.m. final against Finland, which kept the Otters’ duo of Connor McDavid and Adam Pelech from a chance at the tournament championship. Canada faces Russia in the bronze-medal game at 9 a.m.
Dansk carried a shutout into the third against Russia (3-3-0), until Damir Zhafyarov scored 6 minutes, 37 seconds into the period. But Dansk held off the Russians the rest of the way to improve to 5-0-0 with a 1.60 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and one shutout. Burakovsky was held without a point for the second straight game.
He has three goals and seven points in six games. Filip Forsberg and Oskar Sundqvist scored for Sweden, which can win gold for the second time in three years.
* Finland 5, Canada 1: Finland snapped a 2-2 tie on Buffalo Sabres prospect Rasmus Ristolainen‘s goal with 4:24 left in the second period. Then Finland (4-1-1) sealed the win and today’s matchup against Sweden with two third-period goals. McDavid, who was held without a point, has one goal and four points in six games for Canada (4-1-1), which hasn’t won gold at World Juniors since 2009. Pelech was held scoreless and had a plus-1 rating. He has no points and a plus-1 rating in six games.

IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)
On TV:
All games on NHL Network*
Semifinals – Today
Sweden 2, Russia 1
Finland 5, Canada 1
Medal round – Sunday
Bronze-medal game: Canada (4-1-1) vs. Russia (3-3-0), 9 a.m.
Gold-medal game: Sweden (6-0-0) vs. Finland (4-1-1), 1 p.m.
* DirecTV – Channel 215; Dish Network – Channel 157; Time Warner Cable – Channel 324)

Posted: January 2nd, 2014

Andre Burakovsky

MALMO, Sweden – Sweden is on a roll at the IIHF World Junior Championship. Erie Otters teammates Andre Burakovsky and Oscar Dansk are big reasons why.
Burakovsky had two assists, while Dansk stopped all 18 shots he faced, in a 6-0 quarterfinal win against Slovakia today that moved unbeaten Sweden (5-0-0) into the semifinals. Sweden faces Russia (3-2-0), a 5-3 winner against the United States (3-2-0), on Saturday at 9 a.m.
The other semifinal on Saturday features Canada (4-0-1), which has the Otters’ duo of center Connor McDavid and Adam Pelech, meeting Finland (3-1-1) at 1 p.m. The winners will play for the gold medal Sunday at 1 p.m. The losers will play in the bronze-medal game Sunday at 9 a.m. NHL Network will televise all four games.
Burakovsky has three goals and seven points in five games. Dansk has a 4-0-0 record,

Oscar Dansk

1.75 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and one shutout in four games.
* Canada 4, Switzerland 1: McDavid and Pelech were held without a point, but Canada advanced to the semifinals for the 16th straight time with a two-goal third period that broke open a one-goal game today and clinched a matchup with Finland, a 5-3 winner against Czech Republic (2-3-0). Curtis Lazar scored 4 minutes, 11 seconds into the third to open a 3-1 lead. Derrick Pouliot’s goal with capped the win with 6:11 left capped the victory.
McDavid has a goal and four points in five games. Pelech has no points and an even plus-minus rating.

IIHF World Junior Championship schedule
at Malmo, Sweden (all times EST)
On TV:
All medal-round games on NHL Network*
Quarterfinals – Jan. 2
Russia 5, United States 3
Finland 5, Czech Republic 3
Canada 4, Switzerland 1
Sweden 6, Slovakia 0
Semifinals – Saturday
Russia (3-2-0) vs. Sweden (5-0-0), 9 a.m.
Canada (4-0-1) vs. Finland (3-1-1), 1 p.m.
Medal round – Sunday
Bronze-medal game (semifinal losers), 9 a.m.
Gold-medal game (semifinal winners), 1 p.m.
* DirecTV – Channel 215; Dish Network – Channel 157; Time Warner Cable (Channel 324)

Posted: May 16th, 2013

There’s added local flavor on the ice in Helsinki, Finland today at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Erie native Keith Kaval is officiating today’s game between host Finland and Slovakia. Former Erie Otters goaltender Jaroslav Janus is on Slovakia’s roster, but he’s scratched for this game. He has an 0-2 record, 3.00 goals-against average and .875 save percentage in two games in the tournament.
Former Otters captain Ryan O’Reilly, a forward with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, is playing for Canada. He has a goal and three points in seven games.
UPDATE: Kaval will travel to Stockholm, Sweden to officiate in the tournament’s medal round.

Posted: April 26th, 2013

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid was held without a point for the first time in six games at the IIHF U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia. Yet the Canadians still beat Finland 3-1 in the semifinals today to earn a spot in Sunday’s gold-medal game against the United States, which beat Russia 4-3 in the other semifinal.
Canada will play for the U18 title for the first time since winning in 2008. McDavid, who had hat tricks in his previous two games, still leads all players with eight goals and 14 points. He’s tied for the lead with six assists. He already has set Canadian records for goals and points in this tournament.

Posted: April 25th, 2013

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid’s second straight hat trick led Canada to a 6-0 quarterfinal win Thursday in the IIHF U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia. Canada (5-0) moves into today’s semifinal matchup against Finland, with the United States and Russia in the other semifinal. Meanwhile, McDavid added to his tournament-leading totals of eight goals, six assists and 14 points after netting a hat trick in a 6-0 win against Sweden in the final preliminary-round game Tuesday. He already has set Canadian records for goals and points in this tournament with as many as two goals left to play.

Posted: April 20th, 2012

BRNO, Czech Republic – Erie Otters defenseman Adam Pelech has to settle for a chance to win a bronze medal at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship. Canada lost to the undefeated United States 2-1 Friday in the semifinals, setting up a third-place matchup against Finland on Sunday at 6 a.m. The U.S. will face unbeaten Sweden, a 7-3 semifinal winner against Finland, for the gold medal Sunday at 10 a.m.
Pelech had no points, one shot on goal and two penalty minutes against the U.S. He has no points, eight shots and eight penalty minutes in six games at the tournament. Owen Sound’s Gemel Smith scored Canada’s lone goal, which tied the score at 1 late in the first period. The U.S. scored the winning goal 6 minutes, 26 seconds into the third against Sault Ste. Marie’s Matt Murray, stopped 25 of 27 shots.

Posted: April 19th, 2012

BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Erie Otters defenseman Adam Pelech and Canada defeated Russia 4-2 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the IIHF World Under-18 Championship on Thursday.
Pelech had no points, one shot on goal and two penalty minutes for Canada, which faces the unbeaten United States in the semifinals Friday at 1 p.m. in Brno, Czech Republic. Canada lost to the U.S. 5-3 in the final preliminary-round game Tuesday.
Windsor’s Kerby Rychel scored two goals against Russia. Sault Ste. Marie’s Matt Murray stopped 28-of-30 shots. Finland beat Germany 8-0 in Thursday’s other quarterfinal, setting up a semifinal matchup against unbeaten Sweden Friday at 9 a.m.

Posted: April 18th, 2012

BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Erie Otters defenseman Adam Pelech and Canada face Russia today at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the IIHF World Under-18 Championship. Canada finished third in Group A with a 2-2 record following a 6-2 win against Czech Republic on Monday and a 5-3 loss to the United States on Tuesday. Pelech had no points, six shots on goal and four penalty minutes in those four games.
The Canada-Russia winner faces the U.S., which won Group A with a 4-0 record, in the semifinals Friday at 7 p.m. in Brno, Czech Republic. Finland and Germany meet in today’s 3 p.m. quarterfinal. The winner plays Group B champion Sweden in Friday’s 3 p.m. semifinal in Brno.

Posted: April 14th, 2012

BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Erie Otters defenseman Adam Pelech and Canada fell to Finland 4-2 Saturday in their second preliminary-round game at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
Pelech had no points and two penalty minutes, while Windsor’s Kerby Rychel scored a goal.
Sault Ste. Marie’s Matt Murray allowed all four goals on 39 shots for Canada, which faces host Czech Republic on Monday at 10 a.m. in Brno, Czech Republic.

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