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Sabres at Worlds | Peterka scores as Germany advances

Thompson, USA clinch top seed in group play

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

J-J Peterka scored his first goal of the tournament as Germany earned a 2-1 win over Latvia to advance to the quarterfinal round at the IIHF World Championship on Tuesday. 

Four Sabres players remain active in the tournament following the preliminary round: Peterka and Tobias Rieder with Germany, Arttu Ruotsalainen with Finland, and Tage Thompson with the United States. 

Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams serves as a member of Team USA's advisory board for the tournament. 

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Tuesday's results

United States 4 - Italy 2

Thompson skated 16:23 and tallied a team-high six shots in the victory, which clinched the top seed in Group B for Team USA. The Americans will play Slovakia in the quarterfinal round. 

Germany 2 - Latvia 1

Peterka, a late addition to the German roster, opened the scoring just 3:16 into what was a must-win game against host country Latvia. Check out the goal below: 

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Snipe show, J-J Peterka! 🚨🇩🇪Germany strikes early to take a 1-0 lead! #IIHFWorlds @deb_teams @BuffaloSabres

Rieder skated 17:03 and tallied two shots. The Germans play Switzerland in the quarterfinals. 


Quarterfinals schedule (select games on NHL Network) 

Switzerland vs. Germany (Peterka, Rieder) - Wednesday at 9:15 a.m.
United States (Thompson) vs. Slovakia - Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. 
Finland (Ruotsalainen) vs. Czech Republic - Wednesday at 1:15 p.m.

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