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TEAM CANADA CLINCHES GROUP A AT WORLDS

Hodgson, Myers will face Finland on Thursday; Girgensons, Latvia eliminated

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 2:01 PM / News
By Chris Ryndak  - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak)
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TEAM CANADA CLINCHES GROUP A AT WORLDS
Team Canada claimed the top seed in Group A of the IIHF World Championships in Belarus on Tuesday. Team Latvia was eliminated.

Team Canada claimed the top seed in Group A of the IIHF World Championships in Belarus on Tuesday. They defeated Norway 3-2 as Joel Ward recorded two goals and an assist, including the game winner midway through the third period.

James Reimer made 14 saves while Norwegian goaltender Steffen Soberg was busy, stopping 39 of 42 shots.

Cody Hodgson and Tyler Myers were both held without a point in the win.


The United States, featuring Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe, beat Germany 5-4 on Tuesday in their final game of the preliminary round.

American captain Justin Abdelkader tallied twice and Johnny Gaudeau picked up a goal and three assists. Tim Thomas made 24 saves in net for the U.S.

McCabe played 5:26 and registered two shots on net.

Leon Draisaitl, considered a top prospect in the 2014 NHL Draft, had a goal and two assists for Germany. He’s ranked fourth among skaters playing in North America by NHL Central Scouting.

The first round of the draft will be held on June 27 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Team Belarus must beat undefeated Russia on Tuesday in regulation in order to leapfrog the U.S. and clinch second place in Group B. The Americans finished group play with 14 points while Belarus enters their final game with 12.


Team Latvia is out of the tournament following a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Switzerland on Tuesday.

Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons scored with 2:23 remaining in regulation to cut the Swiss lead to one goal. Latvia was unable to get the equalizer and will leave the World Championships with nine points and a 3-4-0 record.

Switzerland jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the second period with goals from Damien Brunner, Dominik Schlumpf and Yannick Weber. Koba Jass scored the other Latvian goal.

Latvia needed a win in regulation or overtime to advance. With the loss, Latvia will finish sixth in Group B and Finland will move on to play Canada in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82