Maine Hockey Journal

Schutz earns start with German squad

Felix Schutz season with the Portland Pirates might be over, but he’s not done playing hockey, just yet.

Schutz is currently trying to make the German National Team roster in preparation of the IIHF World Championship that’s being held this year in Germany.

Schutz played in his first game for Germany against Slovakia on Sunday, a game in which Slovakia would go on to win, 3-2, in overtime.

Although Schutz was held scoreless, the game featured several former Pirates including Sabres’ first round draft pick Marek Zagrapan, who scored the first goal of the game as well as defenseman Ivan Ciernik (93 games between 2001-2004) and goalie Rastislav Stana (54 games between 2000-2004). Behind the bench, the Slovakian team is coached by Glen Hanlon, who spent three seasons as the Pirates head coach from 1999-2002.

Germany will play their final exhibition game against Canada on May 4 in Hamburg.

NOTES: The Buffalo Sabres season came to end on Monday when the Boston Bruins won Game 6, 4-3, to win the series four games to two.

Nathan Gerbe scored a goal in Game 6 for the Sabres as he put up two points in two games. Tyler Ennis, who has been with the Sabres since Mar. 27 was tied for the lead in team scoring with four points (1g, 3a). Cody McCormick, who also spent the season with the Pirates, scored two assists in three games.

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