The last time the World Junior Championships were in Buffalo, they ended with one of the biggest collapses our neighbors to the north have ever seen.
The gold medal game between Canada and Russia was supposed to be a coronation and it was for 40 minutes as Canada led, 3-0.
Defenseman Ryan Ellis, now with Nashville, scored the first goal and Marcus Foligno's beautiful cross-ice pass fed Brayden Schenn (now of the Philadelphia Flyers) to put Canada up, 3-0. The outbursts of the crowd were deafening. The noise in the building was pretty much unmatched by most Sabres games, save the 1999 Stanley Cup final and 2006 Eastern Conference final.
But it all came apart in the third period. The Russians scored five goals to pull out a stunning 5-3 victory and time has told us who did the damage.
Artemi Panarin scored the first goal in the third period. Vladimir Tarasenko scored to make it 3-3 and fed Panarin for the game-winner with 4:38 left. Now in 2015, Tarasenko is one of the NHL's top players with the St. Louis Blues and Panarin is a top Calder Trophy candidate for the Chicago Blackhawks after a stint in the KHL.
Here's a link to my story from that crazy night.
And here's the TSN highlights with Gord Miller, Ray Ferraro and Pierre McGuire at the mic.