Well, it's all come down to this. It's the final day of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, and there are two games left to be played.
Team USA and Team Sweden will play at the HSBC Arena at 3:30 to compete for the bronze medal, but the game that everyone is waiting for is the gold medal game at 7:30 where Canada will take on Russia for the gold.
For many of the Canadians that came to Buffalo for the tournament, they have been waiting for this day since Team USA beat Canada for the gold in last year's World Juniors in Saskatoon. Now tonight Canada will have a chance at redemption as they fight for the gold.
As I have previously mentioned, during this tournament I met a Russian reporter named Maria, and she told me how surprised and excited she is to see Russia in the gold medal game. Yesterday I took Maria to the Galleria Mall to do some shopping, and she bumped into a few Russian scouts that she knows from Moscow, and she was very surprised to see them at the mall because she wasn't aware that they were in town for the tournament. Another neat thing that happened was when we wanted to get a picture of us together, the man that Maria asked to take our picture was from the area, but has traveled to Moscow several times and was fluent in Russian. It's funny what a small world it really is!
Maria and I.
Later on, Maria and I saw the Russian scouts again and they were with a few players from Team Russia. Unfortunately, they don't know much English so it was hard for me to communicate with them, but I can only imagine how excited they must be to be playing against Canada for the gold.
Whichever team ends up on top, it sure is going to be an exciting game!