OILERS AT THE WORLDS

Eberle Almighty is Most Valuable Player

Eberle scores a pair of clutch goals to force OT but Canada drops to the USA.

Tuesday, 05.01.2010 / 6:03 PM / Oilers at the Worlds
By Kristi Hennessy  - edmontonoilers.com
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Eberle Almighty is Most Valuable Player

SASKATOON, SK - JANUARY 5: (L-R) Marco Scandella #5, Brayden Schenn #10 and Colten Teubert #2 watch post game ceremonies after being defeated by Team USA 6-5 in overtime at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship Tournament Gold Medal game on January 5, 2010 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Five Oilers prospects are suiting up for their respective countries at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatchewan from December 26, 2009 through January 5, 2010.

The story again tonight was Oiler prospect Jordan Eberle. Team Canada found themselves down 5-3 with under four minutes to play in the game but who else but Eberle to find a way to win.

With 2:51 minutes to play in the game, Eberle brought the sold out crowd of 15,171 fans back to their feet. The Americans took a costly penalty and Eberle was there to capitalize and bring the Canadians within one.

Then with the electric crowd and momentum on their side, Eberle tied the game just 1:14 later and forced overtime.

The Canadians had no doubt in their minds that they were going to leave with the Gold. Unfortunately, USA got the shot that marked the win to snap the Candians five year Gold Medal streak. Canada settled with a Silver Medal and very disappointed. The crowd showed their appreciation and just how proud this team made them by standing and singing the Canadian anthem after they received their Silver Medals.

"This is the most disappointed I've ever been in my whole life," said Eberle. "We came back and never gave up. We came to this tournament with the gold in mind and just couldn't get it done."

AUDIO AFTER THE GOLD MEDAL GAME
Team Sweden poses with the Bronze Medal.
Sweden blew past Switzerland in the early game as they took down the Swiss 11-4. Although disappointed, Sweden settles with taking home the Bronze Medal. Anton Lander wore the"C" for Team Sweden and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson pinned on an "A".

Lander picked up the second goal for Sweden and added an assist in the tilt. Paajarvi-Svensson picked up an assist but failed to put his own marker on the board although he did pick up one of the three top players for Sweden.

Finland defeated Russia 4-3 on Monday to claim fifth place in the tournament. Teemu Hartikainen added two points - a goal and an assist - to help lead his club over the Russian squad. 

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OILERS PROSPECT STATS AT THE WJC:

Name Country GP G A PTS PIM +/- SOG
Jordan Eberle CANADA 6 8 5 13 4 +3 25
Teemu Hartikainen FINLAND 6 4 2 6 2 -3 28
Anton Lander SWEDEN 6 5 3 8 4 +5 18
Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson SWEDEN 6 3 7 10 2 +6 25
Toni Rajala FINLAND 6 1 2 3 0 -2 23

SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

(all times Mountain Standard - MST)

MEDAL ROUND SCHEDULE & RESULTS

January 2 (Quarterfinals):

USA
6 vs. Finland 2- (Rajala: 6 sog, Hartikainen: 8 sog)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

January 3 (Semifinals):

Canada 6 
vs. Switzerland 1- (Eberle 1g)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Sweden 2 vs. USA 5 - (Lander 2g)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

January 4 (5th Place game):

Finland
4 vs. Russia 3- (Hartikainen 1g, 1a)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

January 5 (Medal Games):

Sweden 11 vs. Switzerland 4- (Lander 1g, 1a, Paajarvi-Svensson 1g)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Canada
5 vs. USA 6-OT (Eberle 2g, 1a)-Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

ROUND ROBIN SCHEDULE & RESULTS

December 26:


Sweden 10 vs. Czech Republic 1 (Paajarvi-Svensson: 1g, 4a; Lander: 2g)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Canada 16 vs. Latvia 0 (Eberle: 2g)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

December 27:

Sweden 7 vs. Austria 3 (Lander: 2a; Paajarvi-Svensson: 8 shots)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Finland 4 vs. Czech Republic 3 (Hartikainen: 1g, 7 shots)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

December 28:

Canada 6 vs. Switzerland 0 (Eberle: 1g, 4a)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights | Eberle post-game interview

Finland 0 vs. Russia 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

December 29:

Sweden 4 vs. Russia 1 (Paajarvi-Svensson 1g, 2a)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Canada 8 vs. Slovakia 2 (Eberle: 1a) 
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

December 30:

Finland
10 vs. Austria 1 (Rajala 1g, 2 a, Hartikainen 1 g, 1a)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

December 31:

Sweden 7 vs. Finland 1- (Paajarvi-Svensson: 1g, Hartikainen: 1g)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights

Canada 5 vs. USA 4-SO (Eberle 2g)
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos | Highlights | Jordan Eberle Interview

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