Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth stopped 17 of 18 shots faced, leading Sweden to its first victory of the 2013 IIHF World Championships on May 4. Elsewhere, Andrej Sekera and Thomas Vanek also represented their countries in international play on Saturday.
After Jacob Markstrom played on Friday, Enroth was Sweden’s netminder of choice on Saturday in the game against the Czech Republic. He faced just three shots in the first period and allowed one goal on nine shots in the second period, to the Czech Republic’s Jiri Hudler. Enroth went on to stop all six shots faced in the third, giving Sweden the 2-1 victory.
Sweden is now 1-1 in the tournament and will next face Belarus on May 6.
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera was a minus-1 in 23:31 of ice time on Saturday, as Slovakia suffered a 2-0 loss to Finland. Once again, he led his team in ice time but failed to register a shot in the loss.
Next up for Slovakia is a matchup against Germany – and fellow Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff – on May 6.
Finally, Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek represented Austria in its first game of the 2013 IIHF World Championships. The squad faced the United States on May 4, and the USA came out on top, 5-3. Vanek, who wears an A for Austria under captain Thomas Koch, registered three shots in the game. He played 16:08 of ice time and had twenty-two shifts, losing the lone faceoff he took during the game.
Vanek and the Austrian squad next face France on May 5.
Christian Ehrhoff and the German team were off today from game play, but they’ll face Russia on May 5.
Rochester Americans forward Zemgus Girgensons has not joined the Latvian squad yet, since locker cleanout for the Rochester Americans just ended. He’s expected to join the team shortly, likely in time for their meeting with Austria on May 7.