WJC Game Day: The Medal Games

Ryan Pike
January 04 2013 10:30PM

We're finally here at the final day of the 2013 edition of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. Four Flames prospects have the chance to fly home with medals, although three of them won't need to win to bring back hardware.

BRONZE MEDAL GAME

The morning begins with Canada tangling with Russia in a rematch of their round robin meeting that saw Canada win a tight 4-1 affair. Canada won bronze last year, while Russia took silver. This game kicks off at 4am ET (2pm MT).

Tyler Wotherspoon is the lone Flame in this tilt. He's performed quite well and was arguably the best Canadian blueliner in their semi-final loss to the United States. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads Canada with 11 points, while Jonathan Huberdeau (7 points), Ryan Strome and Mark Scheifele (6 points each) have also scored quite a bit.

The Russian leading scorers are Nikita Kucherov (8 points), Mikhail Grigorenko and Nail Yakupov (6 points each) and they've relied upon a very strong goaltending tandem of Andrei Makarov and Andrei Vasilevski.

GOLD MEDAL GAME

At 8am ET (6am MT), the United States will try to reclaim gold when they face the defending champions from Sweden.

Team USA might as well be called the Future Flames, as America's back-up goalie (Jon Gillies), shut-down defender (Patrick Sieloff) and sniping winger (Johnny Gaudreau) are all Calgary draftees. Gaudreau has had an incredible few days and he's notched 9 points in his last three contests and leads the USA in scoring. Also up there for the States are Alex Galchenyuk, Jacob Trouba and J.T. Miller, each with 8 points.

The Swedes leading scorers include Emil Molin and Sebastian Collberg (each with 6 points). They haven't scored nearly as much as the Americans and have relied upon goalie Niklas Lundstrom to keep them in games.

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Now in his third full season covering the Calgary Flames and the NHL, Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's trying to keep his head up, his stick on the ice and is giving it 110% every shift. You can also find his work at The Hockey Writers, the Wrestling Observer and Tough Talk MMA.
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#2 Rude
January 05 2013, 09:39AM
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Ryan Pike wrote:

John Gaudreau, Patrick Sieloff and Jon Gillies win gold medals.
Gaudreau named to tournament all-star team.
Gaudreau and Markus Granlund named as part of their teams' three best players by their coaches.

Agreed

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#3 Kent Wilson
January 05 2013, 10:13AM
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Gaudreau is now a national NCAA champ and gold medal winner. By the end of the year, he may add a Hobey Baker to his trophy case as well.

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#4 Vowswithin
January 05 2013, 10:38AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Gaudreau is now a national NCAA champ and gold medal winner. By the end of the year, he may add a Hobey Baker to his trophy case as well.

Damn right! Btw kent got the shirts :) thanks. On vacation in Florida but my brother grabbed them from my mail box.

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#5 mk
January 05 2013, 12:03PM
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Well that bronze medal game was ridiculous! It was an exciting piece of pond hockey; the pure spectator in me loved the flashy nature of the game while the strategist in me cried with every jump into the rush.

The Russian seemed to strike like vipers, fast and unstoppable down the ice. The Canadians seemed a bit lost in their own skill (as in they clearly showed it, but not in an effective manner). I was appalled by the number of times I saw 4 Canadians and 4 Russians flying down the ice in a tight group (something we used to call swarm-hockey when we were little).

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#6 Kevin R
January 05 2013, 12:55PM
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This is probably the most successful WJC from a Flames prospect perspective that we have had in years. Gotta say, that is refreshing knowing we are on the cusp of a rebuild of some kind. We actually should have had 1 more in that Broissoit(sp?) should have been playing net for Canada.

How did Sven play in his first game back (I know we got clubbed)? Enjoyed his interview in the Herald about the chance of playing with Johnny Hockey inthe future.

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#8 schevvy
January 05 2013, 02:50PM
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1 assist and 2 shots for Sven last night

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#9 Kent Wilson
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@Vowswithin

Good news!

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#10 Kent Wilson
January 05 2013, 03:40PM
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@Kevin R

I heard Sven was constantly dangerous last night.

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