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World Junior Championship Update

Friday, 12.30.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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World Junior Championship Update

December 30, 2006

Five of the Sabres prospects are competing in the World Junior Championships in Vancouver, BC. The tournament began on December 26 and runs through January 5. Below is a listing of each player and their progress.

Russia
Vyateslav Buravchikov - Defense
Sixth-round selection (191st overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft


Russia 5, Sweden 1 (12/26/05) - Buravchikov started the game coupled with Evgeni Biryukov on Russia's second defensive pairing. He did not register a point or penalty minute in the game, but did finish with a shot and a plus/minus rating of plus-1.

Russia 6, Slovakia 2 (12/28/05) - Finished the game with a plus/minus rating of plus-1 and two penalty minutes (roughing).

Latvia 1, Russia 3 (12/29/05) - Served a two-minute penalty for hooking. Fired one shot on goal and finished with a plus/minus rating of plus-1. Tied for third in tournament plus/minus with a plus-three rating.

Russia 7, Czech 2 (12/31/05) - Recorded first point of the tournament with the primary assist on Sergei Shirokov's goal at 16:20 of the first.  Finished the game with a plus/minus rating of plus-one.

Tournament Stats
4 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 4 PIM

Slovakia
Andrej Sekera - Defense
Third-round selection (71st overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft


Slovakia 7, Latvia 4 (12/27/05) - Sekera recorded two penalty minutes for hooking just seven minutes into the contest. He failed to record a point, but finished with a shot on goal and a plus/minus rating of plus-1. Sekera is serving as captain of the Slovakian team.

Russia 6, Slovakia 2 (12/28/05) - Scored a goal, while firing six shots on net. Finished the game a plus-one.



Tournament Stats
4 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 2 PIM

Michal Valent - Goaltender
Fifth-round selection (145th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft


Slovakia 7, Latvia 4 (12/27/05) - Valent started in net for Slovakia and made 25 saves in the team's opening-round victory. He allowed four goals and posted a save percentage of 0.862.

Russia 6, Slovakia 2 (12/28/05) - Suffered his first loss of the tournament after allowing five goals off 13 shots, and was replaced following the first period.

Tournament Stats
3 GP | 1-1-0 | 38 SV

Marek Zagrapan - Center (pictured left)
First-round selection (13th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft

Slovakia 7, Latvia 4 (12/27/05) - Zagrapan scored a goal and added four assists in Slovakia's first game of the WJC. His five points tie him for the tournament scoring lead. The QMJHL's 12th-leading scorer's linemate and Chicoutimi teammate, Stanislav Lascek scored three goals and two assists. Two of Zagrapan's three helpers came off Lascek goals. Zagrapan finished the game a plus-two and fired five shots on net.

Russia 6, Slovakia 2 (12/28/05) - Recorded two penalty minutes for hooking.



Tournament Stats
4 GP | 2 G | 4 A | 2 PIM

United States of America
Nathan Gerbe - Center
Fifth-round selection (142nd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft


United States 11, Norway 2 (12/26/05) - Gerbe spent two minutes in the penalty box for elbowing just six minutes into the game. He skated on Team USA's third line with Jack Skille (selected by Chicago in the first-round - 7th overall - in 2005) and TJ Oshie (selected by St. Louis in the first round - 24th overall - in 2005). Gerbe recorded a shot and a plus/minus rating of plus-1.

United States 6, Finland 5 (12/28/05) - Fired five shots on goal.

Tournament Stats
2 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 2 PIM

Chris Butler - Defense
Fourth-round selection (96th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft

United States 11, Norway 2 (12/26/05) - Butler was coupled with Matt Niskanen (selected by Dallas in the first round - 28th overall - in 2005) on Team USA's third defensive pairing. Butler did not break into the scoring sheet, but his plus-three rating is tied for the tournament lead.

United States 6, Finland 5 (12/28/05) - Served two minutes for holding in the third period. Fired three shots on goal and finished the game with a plus/minus rating of minus-one.

Tournament Stats
2 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 2 PIM

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