HALIFAX - They arrived in droves, filling Bubba Ray‚Äôs sports bar to near capacity at 5 a.m. in hopes of seeing Team Canada earn a trip to the world junior hockey championship final.
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Team Canada fans watch the final minutes of the semi-final World Junior Championship game at Bubba Ray's sports bar in Halifax on Thursday morning.
It wasn‚Äôt to be. Not even close as Canada was spanked by the Americans 5-1 in Thursday‚Äôs semifinal.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm p*****d,‚ÄĚ said 19-year-old Kirk Budden during the second intermission with Canada trailing 4-0.
But like true Canadian hockey fans Budden and his group of buddies, decked out in Team Canada colours, refused to accept the inevitable heartbreak.
After Canada scored a quick goal early in the third the boys broke into roaring chants.
Minutes later the mood changed to desperation and soon after the Americans iced the victory.
‚ÄúPretty sad,‚ÄĚ said Derek Trider. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve spent 50 bucks at Bubba Ray‚Äôs to see my team lose.‚ÄĚ
Canada will play for bronze on Saturday at 5 a.m.