Buffalo Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera, Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth and Rochester Americans forward Zemgus Girgensons were all in action today during the 2013 IIHF World Championships as preliminary action continued in day seven of the tournament.
Girgensons had his first goal of the tournament for Latvia as they defeated Slovakia by a score of 5-3. The Buffalo Sabres prospect is one of just three players on the team who played in North America this season. Girgensons had one goal on two shots in 15:32 ice time. He also went 11-6 in the faceoff circle.
Other goals for Latvia came from Martins Cipulis and team captain Lauris Darzins, who had a hat trick during today’s game.
On the other end of the ice, Andrej Sekera had no points and no shots in today’s game. He was a minus-3 and was on the ice for three of Latvia’s five goals. Sekera led his team with over 25 minutes of ice time during today’s game.
Sekera is joined by Florida Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky, representing the NHL on Team Slovakia.
Latvia does not play tomorrow, but will face Germany – and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff – on May 11. Slovakia is right back in action tomorrow as they face the Austrian squad.
Jhonas Enroth was also in action today, as Sweden faced Canada in IIHF World Championships action. Enroth played 50:48 before being relieved by Florida Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom. Enroth allowed three goals on 25 shots; Steven Stamkos, Luke Schenn and Jordan Staal scored for Canada.
Sweden is also off tomorrow but will face Slovenia on May 11.