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Thanks to a moment of frustration from Sweden forward Lias Andersson, Williamsville native Bill Shaflucas is an internet sensation. Standing a few rows behind the glass following Sweden's 3-1 loss to Canada in the Gold Medal Game of the World Junior Championships, Shaflucas caught the silver medal flung into the stands by the captain of the losing team. "[Andersson] …

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Canada didn’t get its revenge against the Americans, but that doesn’t make the team’s World Junior Championship victory any less sweet. Tyler Steenbergen scored the go-ahead goal with one minute and 40 seconds remaining in the third as the Canadians bested Sweden, 3-1, to win the World Juniors title a year after dramatically falling to the U.S. in the shootout of the 20…

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There are things Casey Mittelstadt would like back. Like that three-on-zero break against Sweden in the semifinal, where he didn't bury his scoring chance, a goal that would tied the game and perhaps changed the course of the tournament for Team USA. But overall, Mittelstadt is happy with his game, content with the bronze medal, and leaves his mark on the World Junio…

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The coaching staff took a variety of different tactics to rally Team USA on Friday. After all, no one really wants to be in this game, the bronze medal game, the consolation prize of the World Junior Championship. In the moment, bronze seems like something to settle for. Years later, it can become the most prized possession. That's what assistant coach Greg Brown …

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Follow team and IIHF accounts, as well as our team, as Buffalo hosts hockey's World Junior Championship. Check out our coverage of this year's World Juniors, from players to watch, to the last time the World Juniors visited Buffalo, to our day-to-day stories, at our World Juniors page. https://twitter.com/TBNSports/lists/world-juniors-in-buffalo Follow our coverag…

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After last year's heartbreaking shootout loss in the final of the World Junior Hockey Championship, Canada's goal throughout this year's tournament has been to return to the biggest game of the event and give itself a chance at redemption. From that perspective, the Canadians have reached mission accomplished status, but they know there still is much work to be done – e…

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Marcus Davidsson remembers where he was in 2012, the last time Sweden won the gold medal at the World Junior Championship. He was home, watching the game on television, of course. Along with the rest of the country. Because that's what Sweden does. Now Davidsson, a second-round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres, will get to play for gold after Sweden defeated the Unit…

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Success of the World Junior Championship is not measured in ticket sales. That was the unified message from officials from the IIHF, USA Hockey, and the Buffalo Sabres as they met with media Thursday afternoon in KeyBank Center. The attendance in Buffalo has not been what organizers hoped for. The optics from KeyBank Center have been poor, with plenty of good seats a…

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Follow team and IIHF accounts, as well as our team members, as Buffalo hosts hockey's World Junior Championship. Today's semifinals are at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Check out our coverage of this year's World Juniors, from players to watch, to the last time the World Juniors visited Buffalo, to our day-to-day stories, at our World Juniors page. https://twitter.com/TBNSports/…

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National Hockey League scouts have been packed into HarborCenter for much of the last week. That's where Sweden has played the majority of its games and that's where Rasmus Dahlin has been working his blueline magic. The 17-year-old is expected to be the overall No. 1 pick at the NHL Entry Draft in June. Most have called him a lock for the spot, which would make him the…

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When he opened the scoring for the United States in Tuesday's quarterfinal, the celebration took Kieffer Bellows into the glass, right where a fan was turned to highlight his attire — a Minnesota North Stars jersey bearing the name "Bellows." Kieffer saw the jersey, but he didn't realize until later it was one of his cousins wearing his dad's old jersey. That's how d…

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Want to check out the ice-covered winter wonderland at Niagara Falls today? A free shuttle is being offered today between Canalside and Niagara Falls every 30 minutes starting at 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. The free ride is a promotion celebrating Niagara Falls USA Day – and is geared toward hockey fans in town for the World Juniors. (There are no games scheduled today.) …

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The drama continued for the United States. With 7:29 left in the third period, Kieffer Bellows slammed home a puck off the end boards to break a 2-2 tie. An empty-netter from Joey Anderson in the final minute secured a 4-2 win for the Americans in front of 6,242 in KeyBank Center. The win keeps alive their hopes of repeating as gold medalists at the World Junior Champio…

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While the best teenagers on the planet were playing for the World Junior Championship in Buffalo, USA Hockey was putting the final touches on its Olympic roster. When the National Hockey League decided to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, USA Hockey knew that there would be 25 great stories when it unveiled its roster. Two of those stories have Buffalo connection…