Team Canada has clinched Group A in Minsk, Belarus at the IIHF World Championships on Tuesday. The Canadians, who defeated Norway 3-2, feature both center Cody Hodgson and defenseman Tyler Myers on the roster.
While both players were held without a point in the win, Hodgson is Canada's points leader with six goals and two assists so far in the tournament. Hodgson is also +4.
Myers has two assists in the tournament and is a +2 overall.
Another Sabres player in the tournament is defenseman Jake McCabe for the United States. The US defeated Germany 5-4 in their final game of the preliminary rounds and will finish second to Russia in Group B as long as Russia defeats host Belarus in their final game of the prelims.
McCabe hasn't registered a point yet in the tournament and is -2 overall, appearing in all seven of the team's games.
In the game against Germany, McCabe had two shots in his 5:26 of ice time.
While both Canada and the United States are both alive in the tournament, both forward Zemgus Gigrensons and head coach Ted Nolan are packing their bags as Latvia has been eliminated from the tournament.
Latvia finished 3-4, which is good enough for sixth place in the group, above both Germany and Kazakhstan.
Girgensons finished the tournament with two goals and no assists while amassing 29 penalty minutes and a +1.
Latvia needed to win in regulation or overtime in their last game to move on to play Canada in the next round of the tournament. Instead, the Latvians lost to Switzerland 3-2 and instead it will be Finland who moves on to play Canada.
Both Canada and the United States will move on to the playoff rounds starting on Thursday. The top four from each group advance.
The IIHF Championships will take place Sunday May 25 from Minsk Arena.
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