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World junior

Brett Connolly showed some belly fire for Canada on Wednesday, along with NHL-calibre hands. (SportsnetEdmonton Journal)

Thank you, Finland, for making Group B mildly suspenseful. Now can you lose to the Czech Republic so the Canada-USA showdown counts for something? Otherwise the U.S. would have to win by six goals to finish first. (Edmonton Journal)

One has to believe Scott Wedgewood has supplanted Mark Visentin as Canada's No. 1 goalie, eh? (SportsnetComing Down The Pipe!)

This sounds familiar: Stephen Brunt writes on the world junior hoopla, saying the "entire tournament is overkill." (Sportsnet)

Russia edged by Slovakia to take control of Group A. (Calgary Herald)

The Florida Panthers have a 7-6 edge over the Minnesota Wild in draft picks playing in the tournament. (TVA Sports)

WHL

How focused will Minnesota Wild prospect Brett Bulmer be over the rest of the year now that there's no big carrot like the world junior team to play for? (Dub Nation)

The Kamloops Blazers got some payback at the Vancouver Giants' expense. (Vancouver Province)

Defenceman Ryley Miller was an unlikely OT sniper for the Brandon Wheat Kings. (Luber's Lounge)

It's a common sight to see 19-year-old goalies Calvin Pickard and Kent Simpson put on a goaltending clinic, but both struggled last night. (Everett Herald)

OHL

Windsor Spitfires goalie of the future Jordan DeKort could be the goalie of right now for Team Ontario at the world under-17s. (Windsor Star)

The Kitchener Rangers are getting draft-year centre Matia Marcantuoni back from a shoulder injury. (Waterloo Record)

How depleted are some OHL rosters thanks in part to international tournaments? The Barrie Colts used Junior C call-ups and the Peterborough Petes barely had two full lines from their regular lineup. Even the London Knights felt the pinch. (London Free Press)

There can often be an attendance dip during the holidays, but the Soo Greyhounds had a season-high crowd. (Soo Today)

When someone is named Remy Giftopoulos, the headline puns write themselves. (Ottawa Citizen)

QMJHL

Patrick Roy is cool with his Quebec Remparts losing players to the world junior, but does the U17 have to be at the same time? (Le Soleil)

Ottawa Senators prospect Jean-Gabriel Pageau, a 19-year-old likely to be moved before the Jan. 7 trade deadline, had a three-point night in his possible last home game for the Gatineau Olympiques. (Le Droit, Ottawa Citizen)

Good thing the Saint John Sea Dogs don't have a Rivalry Cup with Acadie-Bathurst. (New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal)

Make that seven losses in a row for Moncton. (Moncton Times & Transcript)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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