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Sabres goalie prospect Ukko-Pekko Luukonen made 16 saves as Finland rolled to a 6-1 victory against Switzerland in the World Junior Championship semifinals Friday in Vancouver. That sets up a meeting at 8 p.m. on Saturday (NHL Network) for the gold medal against the United States, which beat Russia, 2-1, in the other semifinal. The U.S. and Finland will meet for the …

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Finland is heading to the semifinals of the World Junior Championship after a dramatic 2-1 victory against host Canada on Tuesday. Canada led for almost the entire game, but Finland forced overtime when Eeli Tolvanen scored with 47 seconds remaining in regulation. In the overtime, Sabres goaltending prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukonen made a save on a penalty shot and Finla…

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Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 22 saves — including a penalty shot in overtime — as Finland pulled a stunning upset Wednesday night in the World Junior Championships in Vancouver with a 2-1 victory over Canada that eliminated the hosts from medal contention in the quarterfinals. The loss means Canada will not win at least a bronze medal on home soil f…

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A year after taking center stage in Buffalo, the World Junior Championship is set to begin Wednesday in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. The Sabres are represented by four prospects: defenseman Mattias Samuelsson (United States), goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Finland), defenseman Oskari Laaksonen (Finland) and center Matej Pekar (Czech Republic). NHL Network …

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Considering that Western Michigan has 16 underclassmen on its hockey roster, coach Andy Murray must rely on freshmen to play valuable minutes. So if the Broncos possessed more experience, Murray might give Sabres defense prospect Mattias Samuelsson, 18, a little less ice time. But Murray feels comfortable utilizing the newcomer in all situations, most notably a shutd…

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With Canada being perhaps the main driving force for the popularity of the World Junior Hockey Championship, it's a no-brainer for the Canadians to be selected to play in the first ever outdoor game in the history of the tournament. While it would've been even more fitting for the all-time winningest team in the event's history to have emerged triumphant in a signature …

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As you might imagine, the NHL is putting on a happy face even though it has one of its bottom feeders in the Winter Classic come Monday in New York. But, in fact, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the Buffalo Sabres will remain in the conversation to be a part of future outdoor games. The Sabres will be last in the Eastern Conference heading into the game against the N…

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Who: USA vs. Canada What: World Junior Championship, Group A game. First outdoor game in World Juniors history. Where: New Era Field When: Friday, 3 p.m. Gates open: 1:30 p.m. Parking lots: Open at noon; close two hours after the game TV: NHL Network. TV coverage begins at 2 p.m. Attendance: Crowd of more than 40,000 expected, setting the record for a …

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New Era Field hosted the Bills' final home regular season game two weeks ago. The transformation then began to ice rink in time for Friday's USA vs. Canada game in the World Junior Championship. Here is a time lapse look at how it happened: https://twitter.com/WJCinBUF/status/946478392588886016

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UPDATED 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 degre…

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It's the day after Christmas, a holiday they call "Boxing Day" on the other side of the Peace Bridge. We've got the greatest under-20 hockey players in the world in our midst for the next 10 days. I should be in a good mood. The World Junior Championship was the bomb when it made its debut here seven years ago. So why am I thinking this event's boom is going to go bust …

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It was an uneven start to the World Junior Championship for Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. Finland's No. 1 goaltender  is thrilled to be back in Buffalo, where  he impressed fans at development camp in July after the Sabres drafted him in the second round in June in Chicago.  Wearing his trademark orange gloves and pads we saw over  the summer, he would have liked  to have put o…

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Casey Mittelstadt didn't want the focus to be on him as he and Team USA arrived in Buffalo for the World Junior Championship. But the attention is inevitable with the Sabres having selected Mittelstadt as their No. 1 pick in the NHL draft last June. Team USA practiced at KeyBank Center on Monday. Check out this video of him scoring an incredible goal as the team practic…

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Brayden Schenn, Canada/St. Louis Blues: The tourney's top scorer finished with eight goals and 18 points in the seven games. Scored to give Canada a 3-0 lead over Russia in the gold medal game on an assist from future Sabres winger Marcus Foligno but it was the last goal his team would score before losing the game, 5-3. Had three 20-goal seasons with Philadelphia before be…

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Team Belarus World Juniors history: There's not much at the top level. The best finish for Belarus, which made its debut at the top level of U-20 competition in 1998, was ninth place in 2001 and 2002. They enter this tournament after winning gold in the 2017 Division I tournament to earn a promotion. At that tournament, they won four of their five games with their only …