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Sekera, Enroth Move On to Quarterfinals in IIHF World Championships

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth and defenseman Andrej Sekera will both participate in the quarterfinals in the IIHF World Championships, as Slovakia and Sweden move on to the next round of the tournament.

Here’s a look at the five members of the Buffalo Sabres organization who have been participating in the tournament, which ended its preliminary action on May 14.

CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF

Ehrhoff had a pair of goals – including the overtime game-winner – in Germany’s final preliminary round game of the IIHF World Championships. Germany defeated France, 3-2, and Ehrhoff led his team with over 26 minutes of ice time in the victory. He also had five shots and was a plus-1.

He ended the tournament with five points in seven games. His three goals were tied with forward Marcus Kink for the team lead, while his five points were most on the German squad. He also led the team in penalty minutes (10) and shots (22).

Germany just missed contention for the quarterfinals, ending the 2013 IIHF World Championships in ninth place.

JHONAS ENROTH

Enroth didn’t play in Sweden’s final preliminary round game as they defeated Denmark by a score of 4-2. He did, however, have a 21-save shutout against Slovenia on May 11.

Enroth ended the preliminary round having dressed in all seven of Sweden’s games, playing in four of them. He allowed just five goals on 85 shots and have a 94.12 save percentage and 1.30 GAA. He won three of the five games played and played over 230 minutes of ice time.

Sweden will face Canada in the quarterfinals on May 16. If they win, they’ll face the victor of the Finland vs. Slovakia game.

ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS

Girgensons was kept off the scoresheet in Latvia’s final preliminary round game, but went 5-5 on faceoffs and had two shots. He was a minus-1 in 19:04 ice time in Latvia’s 3-2 loss to Finland on May 14.

The Rochester Americans forward ends the tournament with one goal and 10 shots in five games played.

Latvia ended the 2013 IIHF World Championships ranked 11th overall.

ANDREJ SEKERA

Sekera had one shot and was a plus-2 in Slovakia’s final preliminary round game, a 4-1 victory over the United States. He led Slovakia in ice time with over 26 minutes played.

The Buffalo Sabres defenseman had one assist and two penalty minutes in seven preliminary round games.

Slovakia will face Finland in the quarterfinals on May 16. A victory would put them up against the winner of Canada vs. Sweden, which could set up a potential meeting between Sekera and Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth.

THOMAS VANEK

Vanek had a goal and an assist and was named best player in Austria’s final preliminary round game, an 8-4 loss to Russia on May 13. Vanek played over 22 minutes in the loss but ended the game a minus-2 with nine shots.

Overall in the tournament, he scored six points (4-2) in seven games and had two penalty minutes. The Buffalo Sabres forward led Austria with 33 shots and also topped the team in goals and points.

Austria failed to make it to the quarterfinals and has been relegated. They finished the 2013 IIHF World Championships ranked 15th of the 16 teams participating.

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