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by Kevin Snow / Buffalo Sabres


Jhonas Enroth – Sweden
With this year’s World Championship groups being split between Sweden and Finland, the 23-year-old Enroth has the rare opportunity to play in front of his hometown fans in the Stockholm bracket. Sweden leads their group with an undefeated 4-0-0-0 record, and Enroth has picked up two of those wins over Norway and Denmark – while posting a 2.50 GAA and .868 save%. Sweden has been splitting their goaltending duties between Enroth and veteran Viktor Fasth, who was named tournament MVP and top goaltender in last year’s World Championship.

UP NEXT: Russia (today), Italy (Saturday), Latvia (Tuesday)

Andrej Sekera – Slovakia
The Slovaks are in tough in the Helsinki bracket, which also includes Canada, United States and Finland. They dropped their first two games to Canada and Finland, but bounced back with wins over the US and Kazakhstan. Sekera scored the game winner in the 4-2 win over Team USA on Monday, a game they led 3-1 after the first period. Sekera has two points (1+1) in four games, and is averaging almost 18 minutes of ice time – trailing only Zdena Chara (22:54) and Dominik Granak (20:23).

UP NEXT: Belarus (Saturday), Switzerland (Sunday), France (Tuesday)

Edmonton vs. Portland (Edmonton leads 3-2)
Mark Pysyk’s goal with 55 seconds left in regulation was the game winner, as the Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Portland Winterhawks 4-3 on Thursday in Game Five of the WHL Championship. The Oil Kings now lead the series 3-2, and are one win away from advancing to the Memorial Cup.

“Marky’s been a horse in this series,” Edmonton head coach Derek Laxdal told “He’s penalty killing, he’s matching lines, he’s on the power-play. His leadership on the ice is second-to-none and he showed it with that game-winning goal. He’s outstanding.”

Game 5 highlights and post-game interviews. (courtesy of
Game 5 Scoring Summary

UP NEXT: Game 6 - Saturday @ Portland, 9 p.m. ET (Listen Live)

Rimouski vs. Saint John (Saint John wins 4-0)
Summer vacation for Jerome Gauthier-Leduc and his Rimouski Oceanic teammates started earlier than they wanted thanks to a dominating 8-0 win by the Saint John Sea Dogs on Thursday. The Sea Dogs swept the QMJHL Presidents Cup championship series in four games, and are headed back to the Memorial Cup for the second straight season. Stanislav Galiev (3+2) and Tomas Jurco (2+3) each had a game-high five points and plus-six rating for the Sea Dogs. Gauthier-Leduc led all QMJHL defensemen with 19 points (8+9) in 21 playoff games, after collecting 74 points (28+46) in 62 regular season games.

Game 4 Scoring Summary

Niagara vs. London (London leads 3-1)
The London Knights have won three straight games in the OHL Championship, and a win tonight at home would punch their ticket to the Memorial Cup. London won Game Four on Wednesday in St. Catharines by a score of 4-1. If the IceDogs are able to extend the series past tonight, Game Six would take place on Sunday (2 p.m.) at the Gatorade Garden City Complex in St. Catharines. Sabres prospect Steven Shipley now has points in consecutive games for Niagara, after picking up the primary assist on Myles Doan’s third period goal in Game Four. In 19 playoff games, Shipley has nine points (5+4).

UP NEXT: Game 5 - Tonight @ London, 7 p.m. (Listen Live)

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