BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It was a shocking upset at the World Junior Hockey Tournament in downtown Buffalo. Team Russia scored five goals in the third period to beat Team Canada 5-3.
The pucks flew and thousands of fans cheered on the Canadians in Wednesday night's gold medal finals, but the cheers weren't enough to stop Team Russia from beating Team Canada. The Canadian fans got very quiet at HSBC Arena when things took a drastic turn against their team.
Team Canada was the heavy favorite to beat Team Russia. At the end of the second period, they were up 3-0 and seemed to be in control of the match. But then came the third period, and Team Russia made an absolutely incredible rally and it fell apart for Team Canada. Russia made two quick goals then eliminated the gap, tying at 3-3. It didn't end there though. Team Russia added two more goals, eclipsing the Canadians in a major come-from-behind win. Final score was 5-3.
Plenty of sports fans packed the arena for the game, though it got very quiet after the Canadians shocking loss. Canadian fans left disappointed, but hours earlier, it seemed like it was a Canadian arena. Though our crews did manage to spot a Russian fan or two in the crowd, it was hard to find them in the enormous sea of red.
Nick Murray said, "This is what we came for, this year we're taking it back."
Before Wednesday night's gold medal round, Team USA took the bronze winning 4-2 against Team Sweden.
"They came through in the third period, they put it together, skated hard, got a couple goals, and won the bronze," said Joe Florczak.
The game was sold out, but we found plenty of people selling tickets - for the right price.
Tom Kuenzi said, "I ended up selling mine for $500 for the pair."
There were scalpers everywhere. One Ontario family bought their tickets well in advance. They've been having fun in Buffalo all week long.
Jamie Banignani said, "It's not a ghost town like Emerson Etem said. It's a very nice town!"
There is good news for HSBC Arena and Buffalo. Before Wednesday night, the tournament had over 330,000 spectators, which is the second largest attendance record.
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