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The Buffalo Sabres will be represented by six players at the 2024 IIHF World Championship, which will be held from Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 26 in Czechia.

The players set to compete in the tournament include forwards Dylan Cozens (Canada), JJ Peterka (Germany), and Victor Olofsson (Sweden) as well as defensemen Bowen Byram (Canada), Owen Power (Canada), and Rasmus Dahlin (Sweden).

Peterka was named the top forward at last year’s World Championship and took home silver while Jack Quinn, Peyton Krebs, and Devon Levi earned gold medals with Canada’s 5-2 win over Germany in Tampere, Finland.

Check back here throughout the tournament for schedules and results from games involving Sabres players (all times eastern).


Canada 6 – Slovakia 3

Byram got a shot through from the point to create a rebound for Pierre Luc-Dubois, whose goal increased Canada’s lead to 2-0 early in the first period. The assist was Byram’s fifth point of the tournament, tied for the lead among Canadian defensemen.

Power continued to skate on the top defense pair alongside Colton Parayko and finished second on the team in ice time at 19:11. Cozens had one shot in 16:56.

Switzerland 3 – Germany 1

Peterka skated 22:49 for Germany, which saw its tournament come to an end with the loss. Peterka led Germany with five goals and tied for the team lead with nine points in eight games.

Sweden 2 - Finland 1 (OT)

Dahlin came up clutch late for Sweden, deking past a defender high in the offensive zone and burying his second goal of the tournament to break a 0-0 tie with 4:58 remaining in regulation.

Finland pulled even during the final minute, but Joel Eriksson Ek scored the winner in overtime to send Sweden to a semifinal matchup with host country Czechia. Dahlin earned the secondary assist on the play for his seventh point of the tournament, which ranks third among all defensemen.

Olofsson skated 15:29 and had three shots.


Saturday, May 25 (Semifinals)

Sweden (Dahlin, Olofsson) vs. Czechia - 8:20 a.m. (NHL Network)

Canada (Byram, Cozens, Power) vs. Switzerland - 12:20 p.m  (NHL Network)

Sunday, May 26

Bronze-medal game – 9:20 a.m. (NHL Network)

Gold-medal game – 2:20 p.m. (NHL Network)


Friday, May 10

Germany 6 - Slovakia 4

Peterka led all forwards in ice time (18:29) and recorded one shot as Germany opened its tournament with a 6-4 victory over Slovakia.

Sweden 5 - United States 2

Dahlin posted three shots in 19:43 of ice time while Olofsson logged two shots in 9:31 in Sweden's win over the United States.

Saturday, May 11

Canada 4 - Great Britain 2

Byram skated a team-high 20:15, had a plus-3 rating, and earned the lone assist on Michael Bunting's first-period goal to tie the score at 1-1 before Canada pulled away with three goals in the second.

Power skated 15:37 and had two shots. Cozens skated 16:07.

United States 6 - Germany 1

Peterka led Germany's forwards in ice time (17:54) for the second straight game and had two shots in the loss.

Sunday, May 12

Canada 5, Denmark 1

Cozens buried a shot from the point to give Canada a 2-0 lead at the end of the first en route to a 5-1 win over Denmark. Cozens skated 14:21 in the win and recorded three shots.

Byram earned the secondary assist on Cozens' goal and logged 17:38 of ice time while Power posted two shots in 12:59.

Sweden 5, Poland 1

Dahlin recorded the primary assist while Olofsson picked up the secondary assist on Andre Burakovsky's third-period tally, which gave Sweden a 4-1 lead. Dahlin skated 21:25 and had a plus-2 rating. Olofsson tallied two shots in 14:29.

Monday, May 13

Sweden 6, Germany 1

Olofsson recorded a goal and six shots in 13:22 of ice time in Sweden’s third straight win. Dahlin, who skated 19:28 and tallied two shots and two assists, fed Olofsson for a one-timer from the point to give Sweden a 3-0 lead with three seconds left in the first period.

Dahlin also registered the primary assist on Sweden’s fourth goal as Carl Grundstrom redirected Dahlin’s shot from the point.

Peterka tallied a team-high four shots in 17:44 of ice time for Germany.

Tuesday, May 14

Canada 7 - Austria 6

Cozens and Byram scored first-period goals and Canada survived a furious comeback push from Austria, who scored five unanswered goals in the third period to erase a 6-1 deficit. John Tavares scored the winning goal for the Canadians in overtime.

Cozens scored his second goal of the tournament to put Canada on the board, a wrist shot from inside the left faceoff circle set up by Andrew Mangiapane. Byram added his first goal and third point of the tournament on a shot that deflected in off traffic late in the period, one of three shots he tallied in 17:34.

Power added an assist in the win for his first point of the tournament.

Wednesday, May 15

Germany 8 - Latvia 1

Peterka scored his first two goals of the tournament during the second period to lead Germany to a lopsided win. He buried a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot for his first goal, then saw a pass attempt deflect off traffic and into the net for his second. He totaled four shots in 18:33, which ranked second among German forwards.

Thursday, May 16

Sweden 3 - Kazakhstan 1

Dahlin totaled a game-high five shots in 20:55 as Sweden remained undefeated through four games.

Canada 4 - Norway 1

Byram tallied an assist for his fourth point (1+3) in four games while Cozens scored for the second straight contest. Cozens' three goals are tied for fourth in the tournament.

Byram drifted the puck down low into traffic before delivering a pass across the net to set up a goal for Andrew Mangiapane, which increased Canada's lead to 2-0 during the second period.

Less than four minutes after Norway scored to pull within one goal early in the third period, Cozens kept the puck on a 2-on-1 rush and scored shorthanded to restore Canada's lead.

Power finished second on Canada in ice time at 18:56.

Friday, May 17

Germany 8 - Kazakhstan 2

Peterka recorded four points (1+3) in 15:46 of ice time to lead Germany in its win over Kazakhstan.

His first point came at the 1:02 mark of the first period when he picked up the secondary assist on Maksymilian Szuber's goal. He then tallied his third goal of the tournament as he stickhandled and split the Kazakhstan defense before burying a shot from in front of the net in the second to make it 3-1.

Peterka followed it up with a cross-ice feed to Lukas Kalble, who redirected the puck into the net to put Germany up 5-1. His third and final assist of the day came after he delivered a pass to Lukas Reichel at the back door, giving Germany a five-goal lead.

Saturday, May 18

Sweden 7 - Latvia 2

Dahlin and Olofsson connected on Sweden’s first goal of the game at the 4:50 mark of the first period as Olofsson fed Dahlin for a one-timer from the right faceoff dot.

Dahlin skated 10:36 and recorded three shots before he was assessed a five-minute penalty for charging, a two-minute penalty for roughing, and a game misconduct for a hit on Latvia’s Haralds Egle in the second period.

Olofsson finished the game with 15:15 of ice time and a plus-one rating in Sweden's 7-2 win.

Canada 5 - Finland 3

Finland took a 2-0 lead 3:51 into the game but Cozens scored with 5:07 remaining in the first period to bring Canada within one. Power was credited with the secondary assist on Cozens’ goal for his first point of the contest.

Canada tied the score to close out the first, but Finland struck again to take a 3-2 lead with 3:53 remaining in the second period. Power responded with a goal of his own to tie the game once again with a quick wrist shot off a pass from Cozens to end the second.

Power picked up his third point of the day to give Canada a 5-3 lead with his primary assist on Dawson Mercer’s empty-net goal to end the game. He was named Canada’s player of the game with his three points and plus-4 rating in 17:29 of ice time.

Cozens skated 15:35 and recorded four shots and a plus-2 rating in addition to his goal and assist.

Byram played 11:59 before he was assessed a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct for a slash on Finland’s Jesse Puljujarvi towards the end of the second period.

Germany 4 - Poland 2

Peterka recorded a pair of goals and four shots while skating 18:09 in Germany’s 4-2 win over Poland.

His first goal of the game came on a penalty shot after Poland’s Krystian Dziubinski was penalized for throwing equipment. Peterka beat goaltender David Zabolotny five hole to capitalize on the penalty shot and give Germany a 2-0 lead.

Peterka scored again with less than four minutes remaining in the game to give Germany an insurance goal as he buried a shot from the slot to secure the victory.

Sunday, May 19

Canada 3 - Switzerland 2

Cozens tallied two goals and an assist to lead Canada to a 3-2 win over Switzerland. He opened the scoring 1:42 into the game as he released a quick shot from the left circle to give Canada an early 1-0 lead on the power play.

Switzerland responded with goals in the first and second to take a 2-1 lead, but Cozens scored another power-play goal to tie the score midway through the second period. He capped off his three-point performance with the secondary assist on Nick Paul's game-winning goal in the second.

Power led all Canadian defensemen with 25:56 of ice time and recorded three shots in the win while Byram served a one-game suspension for his slash on Finland's Jesse Puljujarvi on Saturday.

Tuesday, May 21

Germany 6 - France 3

Germany moved into second place in Group B with its 6-3 win over France. Peterka continued to produce, recording one assist, seven shots, and a plus-2 rating while leading all forwards in ice time (19:29).

Canada 4 – Czechia 3 (OT)

Cozens scored a pair of goals, including the shorthanded winner in overtime, as Canada clinched the top spot in its group entering quarterfinal play. Cozens, who has scored in six straight games, leads the tournament with eight goals. His 10 points are tied for fifth.

Power skated 21:02 and tallied the primary assist on Cozens’ first goal, which opened the scoring early in the third period. Cozens carried the puck end to end to score the winner, his second shorthanded marker of the tournament. He led the Sabres with three shorthanded goals this past season.

Byram skated 18:44 and had one shot in the victory.

Sweden 6 – Slovakia 1

Dahlin skated 20:45 and had the secondary assist on the final goal of the game as Sweden remained undefeated to finish the preliminary round atop its group standings. Sweden will play rival Finland, the fourth seed in the opposite group, in the quarterfinal round on Thursday.

Olofsson also had an assist in the win.