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Sabres at Worlds | Four players to compete in semifinal round

Finland, Germany, and the United States all earned quarterfinal victories on Thursday

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Tobias Rieder tallied an assist as all four participating Sabres players advanced to the semifinal round with victories at the IIHF World Championship on Thursday. 

Rieder and forward prospect J-J Peterka helped Germany to a 3-2 shootout victory over Switzerland. Tage Thompson and the United States defeated Slovakia 6-1 while Arttu Ruotsalainen and Finland earned a 1-0 win over Russia. 

Here's your daily roundup from the tournament. 


Quarterfinal results

Germany 3 - Switzerland 2 (SO)

Rieder assisted on Germany's first goal of the game, which cut a 2-0 deficit in half during the second period. The forward crowded the net-front and created a rebound opportunity for linemate Tom Kuhnhackl.  

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Germany is on the board!🇩🇪🚨 Tom Kuhnhackl with the rebound. #SUIGER #IIHFWorlds

The point was Rieder's fourth (1+3) in eight games. 

Germany tied the score on Leon Gawanke's goal with 44 seconds remaining in regulation and won on Marcel Noebels' marker in the shootout, advancing to the semifinal round for the first time since 2010.

Peterka skated 10:58 in the win. 


United States 6 - Slovakia 1 

Thompson skated 14:09 and tallied one shot for the United States, which earned its seventh straight victory. 

University of Michigan forward Matthew Beniers, considered one of the top prospects available for the 2021 NHL Draft, sustained an ankle injury during the first period and did not return. 

Tweet from @umichhockey: Sending good energy to Matty Beniers 🙏

Beniers is considered day-to-day, according to Chris Peters of "Hockey Sense."


Canada 2 - Russia 1 (OT)

University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power, ranked by NHL Central Scouting Services as the top North American prospect for the NHL Draft, skated 24:04 and was named player of the game for Canada in the victory. 

Tweet from @umichhockey: Your Player of the Game: Owen Power

Andrew Mangiapane scored the overtime winner for Canada.


Finland 1 - Czech Republic 0 

Ruotsalainen skated 15:17 in the win. Goaltender Jussi Olkinuora made 28 saves for the shutout.


Semifinal Schedule (Saturday, June 4 on NHL Network)

United States (Thompson) vs. Canada - 7:15 a.m. 

Finland (Ruotsalainen) vs. Germany (Peterka, Rieder) - 11:15 a.m. 

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