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by Chris Ryndak / Buffalo Sabres

Team Canada claimed the top seed in Group A of the IIHF World Championships in Belarus on Tuesday. They defeated Norway 3-2 as Joel Ward recorded two goals and an assist, including the game winner midway through the third period.

James Reimer made 14 saves while Norwegian goaltender Steffen Soberg was busy, stopping 39 of 42 shots.

Cody Hodgson and Tyler Myers were both held without a point in the win.

The United States, featuring Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe, beat Germany 5-4 on Tuesday in their final game of the preliminary round.

American captain Justin Abdelkader tallied twice and Johnny Gaudeau picked up a goal and three assists. Tim Thomas made 24 saves in net for the U.S.

McCabe played 5:26 and registered two shots on net.

Leon Draisaitl, considered a top prospect in the 2014 NHL Draft, had a goal and two assists for Germany. He’s ranked fourth among skaters playing in North America by NHL Central Scouting.

The first round of the draft will be held on June 27 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Team Belarus must beat undefeated Russia on Tuesday in regulation in order to leapfrog the U.S. and clinch second place in Group B. The Americans finished group play with 14 points while Belarus enters their final game with 12.

Team Latvia is out of the tournament following a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Switzerland on Tuesday.

Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons scored with 2:23 remaining in regulation to cut the Swiss lead to one goal. Latvia was unable to get the equalizer and will leave the World Championships with nine points and a 3-4-0 record.

Switzerland jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the second period with goals from Damien Brunner, Dominik Schlumpf and Yannick Weber. Koba Jass scored the other Latvian goal.

Latvia needed a win in regulation or overtime to advance. With the loss, Latvia will finish sixth in Group B and Finland will move on to play Canada in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

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