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Buffalo Sabres Players Advance in IIHF World Championships

With the rest of their teammates at home enjoying the summer, Andrej Sekera and Jhonas Enroth decided to trek across the pond and compete in the IIHF World Championship.  While they normally don blue and gold sweaters into battle, this time the honor comes with the colors of their home nation splayed across their chests.

Andrej Sekera for Slovakia, and Jhonas Enroth for Sweden.  While they share the same bench, they could end up facing each other for the right to fight for the world championship.  Wins by both clubs would have Sekera facing his backup netminder on May 19th in the semifinal matchup.

If Sekera does face Enroth in the semifinal round, it does mean that there would be a good chance at coming home with a medal.  Before that happens, the puck drops on the quarterfinal matchups on Thursday.  Slovakia has the biggest battle of all, heading into the medal round as the underdog to Team Canada.

Jhonas Enroth has a slightly easier path, as his team Sweden faces off against the Czech Republic in the first round of elimination play.  Follow the jump to see the IIHF elimination bracket as well as the round robin stats for our competing Buffalo Sabres. 

In seven games of round robin play, Andrej Sekera logged an average of 18:48 in ice time, thats just over half the game.  Only one player on the Slovakian National Team logged more minutes, and that was fellow defensemen Zdeno Chara.  Sekera had two goals, seven points, and was a plus five throughout the round robin portion of the tournament.

Jhonas Enroth played in only two games in the round robin portion of the tournament, allowing five goals on 38 shots, but landing team Sweden two victories in the process – his counterpart Viktor Fasth posted two shutouts and only allowed 10 goals on 111 shots, manning the crease for five of the seven games for Tres Kronos.

If your following the USA in the tournament, they have a tough road to the medal games, as they face Finland in the first round, and will most likely (if they beat Finland) will have to face the tournament favorite Russians in the semifinals.

Quarterfinal
H1   Canada
H4   Slovakia Semifinal
WQF1
Quarterfinal WQF2
S2   Sweden
S3   Czech Republic Final
WSF1
Quarterfinal WSF2
S1   Russia
S4   Norway Semifinal Bronze medal game
WQF3 LSF1
Quarterfinal WQF4 LSF2
H2   United States
H3   Finland

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Tags: Andrej Sekera Buffalo Sabres Canada Czech Republic Iihf Jhonas Enroth Slovakia Sweden Viktor Fasth World Championship Zdeno Chara

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