Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and goaltender Jhonas Enroth’s respective national teams each saw action during today’s games in the 2013 IIHF World Championships.
Vanek and Ehrhoff faced one another as Austria faced Germany in an early-morning matchup in Helsinki. Germany came out on top, 2-0, thanks to a pair of goals from Marcus Kink, leaving Austria still winless in the tournament.
Ehrhoff, who is captain of the German squad, had four penalty minutes and four shots and was a plus-1 in 26:08 of ice time during today’s game. He led his team in ice time for the fourth consecutive game. Ehrhoff received both penalties in the first period, one a minor for slashing, the other for interference.
Vanek also led Austria in ice time, having played 23:13 in 27 shifts. He had two penalty minutes and three shots, ending the game a minus-1. Vanek’s penalty was a cross-checking minor in the third period.
Germany doesn’t play again until May 11, when they’ll face Latvia. Austria, meanwhile, plays Slovakia on May 10. Both teams have three preliminary round games remaining on their schedules.
Sweden was also in action today, but Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth didn’t play. Instead, it was Jacob Markstrom tending net for the national team, after Enroth played in Sweden’s recent 2-1 victory over Belarus.
Sweden defeated Norway, 5-1, and will next face Canada on May 9. The team will receive three reinforcements from the recently eliminated Vancouver Canucks: Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Alexander Edler are all expected to join the team in the coming days.
Here’s a quick look at how all the members of the Buffalo Sabres organization participating in the 2013 IIHF World Championships are doing so far:
- Thomas Vanek (Austria) has two goals and 16 shots on goal in four games.
- Christian Ehrhoff (Germany) has one goal and one assist in four games.
- Zemgus Girgensons (Latvia) is pointless in two games, but has three shots and has played 33:57 total.
- Andrej Sekera (Slovakia) has one assist and is a minus-1 in three games.
- Jhonas Enroth (Sweden) has played in two games, winning both games while allowing just two goals on 39 shots. He has a 1.00 GAA and a 94.87 save percentage.