BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) It’s been a busy couple of weeks in Buffalo with the World Junior Hockey Tournament, the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and the general holiday crowd. Now, organizers are predicting Monday will be the busiest day of them all as the U.S.A and Canada face off on the ice for the semifinals of the World Juniors.
This match up comes after the U.S.A beat the Swiss on New Year’s Eve. Then on Sunday, the Canadians crushed the Swiss with a 4-1 victory. Now, the two powerhouses will play each other tonight.
For the big game, restaurant owners along with other retailers in town hope to see a big turnout. Some business owners said there has been a big crowd throughout the entire tournament but others are disappointed with the number of people coming through town.
There is no doubt there have been a lot of Canadians in Buffalo this passed week. The Canadian team has also see more fans at their games than the U.S. Team and tonight there may not be as many fans routing for the home team as those cheering for the team across the boarder.
A big crowd from Canada may also cause delays on the Peace Bridge and definitely more traffic than usual on Buffalo roads.
Now, this match up is not a new one. Last year, the U.S. won it’s second gold medal ending Canada’s five year run World Junior Champions.
There is also another semifinal match up this afternoon. Sweden will play Russia at 3:30 p.m. Then, U.S.A will take on Canada at 7:30 p.m.
The official website of the World Junior Championships repor that with their 4-1 quarterfinal win over Switzerland, Canada has advanced to the semifinal round of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. They will now face the defending champion United States team Monday night at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available for $140 (lower bowl) and $95 (upper bowl). Tickets can be purchased online at www.buffaloworldjuniors.com, by calling 1-888-467-2273, or at the HSBC Arena Box Office.
The winner of the USA/Canada game will play for the gold medal on Wednesday night at HSBC Arena. Only single seats remain for the gold-medal game.
Eyewitness News will have highlights of the action on the ice and the excitement in the city. To see more from the official website of the World Juniors, go to "News Links" at wkbw.com