Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Buffalo Sabres

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE: MAY 3

by Julie Robenhymer / Buffalo Sabres

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC -- The third day of the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Czech Republic featured six games, two hat tricks and one huge overtime goal.

Here's what you need to know:

- Andrej Meszaros earned hero status in Slovakia - at least for the day - after scoring the game-tying goal midway through the third period and then the game winning goal in overtime to help Slovakia defeat Belarus 2-1. The blueliner, who played 24:05 to lead the team by more than a few minutes in time on ice, scored both goals in similar fashion - jumping into the offensive attack and snapping off a wrister from the circle.

- After representing Slovakia in the 2004 World Championship as an 18 year old - the youngest player ever to do so - and at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics as well as one game in the 2006 World Championship, Meszaros had not scored a goal at the men's international level until today.

- The organizing committee swapped Switzerland and Slovakia in the groupings to help with ticket sales in Ostrava as it is located just 60 minutes from the Slovakian border. Mission accomplished. CZE Arena has had sellouts for the third day in a row with the Slovaks showing their love for this team loud and proud both inside the arena and outside watching on the big screen in the Fan Zone.

"Like I've said before, our fans are the best," Meszaros said. "It's awesome that this tournament is so close and they can come support us because they're crazy, crazy fans - crazy in the best way - and we really feed off their energy."

Russia and Finland also have a huge contingent of fans, which is exactly why every game has a separate ticket. Not only are the organizers maximizing revenue, they're also ensuring a raucous environment for as many games as possible.

- Tyler Ennis scored a goal and an assist as Canada trounced Germany 10-0. Taylor Hall netted a hat trick, Matt Duchene racked up four points with a penalty shot goal and three assists and Cody Eakin got two goals as well.

- With the exception of the penalty shot, all goals scored by Canada were at even strength. That said, Germany only took one penalty in the game so they didn't have much opportunity to see if the tinkering they did on the power play at practice yesterday proved to be effective.

- Filip Forsberg had a hat trick to help Sweden defeat Austria 6-1 and is now tied with Hall for the tournament lead in goals with three.

- To their credit, Austria is a perfect 9-0 on the penalty kill including six today against the Swedes, who typically thrive on the man advantage.

- Russia defeated Slovenia 5-3 thanks to two goals and two assist by Yevgeni Dadonov who is now in a three-way tie with Matt Duchene and teammate Vadim Shipachyov for the scoring lead with five points each.

- Slovenia was pretty disappointed in their sloppy game against Belarus yesterday, but put forth a better effort today against Russia. They have a practice day tomorrow and will focus on puck management and being aggressive in their attack.

"It's not easy to win hockey games at this tournament. We know that and we know our backs are up against the wall pretty much every game, but we take pride in these games," Slovenian alternate captain Anze Kopitar said. "We definitely don't want to get blown out of the rink or anything and yesterday's game was not great by any means and was very disappointing.

"Today, I thought we did some good stuff, some really good stuff and we have to build on that and put together a 60 minute effort.

"But I like the character and resiliency of this team. Even yesterday, we were playing very poorly, but we were still very much in the game. We pressed in the end, but just came up a little bit short.

"Today, we showed a lot more and I'm proud of the guys for that. We just have to keep going and getting better as the tournament goes on."

- Finland got their first win of the tournament defeating Denmark 3-0. Sebastian Dahm earned Player of the Game honors for Denmark with 38 saves on the night, including 20 in the first period. Pekka Rinne faced just 16 shots total.

- Switzerland defeated France 3-1 for their first win of the tournament as well.

Monday features two games that you might want to call out of work for as Russia takes on the U.S. at 10:15 a.m. ET live on NBCSN and TSN. Then, Canada faces off with Czech Republic at 2:15 p.m. ET live on TSN. Also, Latvia drops the puck with Sweden at 10:15 a.m. ET and Norway plays Finland at 2:15 p.m. ET.

View More