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World Juniors outdoor game on Friday is a go

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The World Junior Championship game between Team USA and Team Canada on Friday will remain outdoors at New Era Field. Game time is 3 p.m.

The committee that needed to give its final approval for the game did so during a brief meeting Thursday afternoon.

Projections call for a game-time temperature of 6 degrees with the wind chill making it feel like 4 degrees.

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Spokesman Don Heins said Wednesday night that a committee meeting is scheduled for noon to give final approval for the game to go forward. If the game cannot be played outdoors because of weather conditions, it will move to KeyBank Center on Friday evening.

Heins said the committee needing to give final approval was part of the initial agreement for the event.

Because the game is part of the round-robin Group A schedule, it must be played. Canada is scheduled to face Denmark on Saturday night. The field for the quarterfinals will be set after Sunday's games.

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Dave Fischer, a member of the organizing committee and Team USA's senior director of communications, said Team USA is looking forward to playing outdoors.

"We're always evaluating weather conditions, playing conditions," he said. "At this point, everything looks terrific and we're looking to an outstanding game Friday. ... Certainly we've always known if there's a blizzard that blew in or 2-feet of snow that would prohibit the game from being played but the weather conditions are looking favorable."

Team USA practiced at New Era Field on Wednesday and Team Canada is scheduled to practice there Thursday.

"I've only seen it on TV," coach Bob Motko said after practice. "I'm like you. It's the first time that I've stepped out there in an NFL stadium with a hockey rink sitting right there. It was pretty cool."

Shovelers were hired Wednesday and Thursday to help clear the stands. Open skating for fans who had purchased tickets to the game went off as planned.

News Sports Writer Miguel Rodriguez contributed to this report.

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