IIHF World Championships - Day 3
Six Oilers will be representing their country at the annual tournament
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Canada dropped their second game in the round-robin tournament as Switzerland wins in a shootout. Jordan Eberle went twice in the shootout but was unable to beat Gerber but Canada will walk away with one point from the shootout loss.
Early in the first, a turnover on the blue line by Switzerland gave Canada a two-on-one opportunity. Jeff Skinner rushed in to take the shot but Martin Gerber made the glove save.
Team Canada drew the first penalty in the game as Stephane Robidas received a double minor for high sticking.
Denis Hollenstein with the tip-in attempt in front but Mike Smith made the save and was able to quickly cover up the rebound to keep the game scoreless.
A turnover by Canada on the red line opened the scoring as Julian Walker carried the puck in and dropped it behind for Hollenstein to beat Smith on the short side.
Gerber was tested early in the second as Steven Stamkos drove through the middle but was stopped.
Minutes later, Switzerland turned over the puck and Skinner went on the breakaway but was tripped by Severin Blindenbacher, to send Canada on their second powerplay opportunity.
On the ensuing powerplay, Canada’s best scoring chance was from Wayne Simmonds as he was alone in front with the rebound but Gerber was able to make the pad save.
Minutes later in the Swiss zone, Claude Giroux dumped the puck in behind the net where it bounced off the end boards to Luke Scheen. Scheen was able to make the cross-crease pass to Andrew Ladd who redirected it in pass Gerber, to tie the game up at one.
In the third, Canada lost the puck in the neutral zone and Hollenstein was able to pick it up but Smith was able to make the save, as the game remains tied at one.
Shortly after, Matt Read carried the puck into the Swiss zone and threw it behind the net. Jordan Eberle was there to pick up the loose puck to pass it back to Read and went top shelf on Gerber and gave Canada their first lead of the game.
In the Canadian zone, Nino Niederreiter was able to beat Smith but not the post. The puck bounced off the cross bar and back in front and a scrum ensued inside the crease. The puck crossed the goal line but the referees said they would go upstairs to review the goal and after a few minutes, the referees call it a good goal and the game is tied at two.
Smith makes a huge save to keep the game tied at two as Simon Moser tried the tip-in.
After 60 minutes, the game was tied at two so they head to overtime.
Early in overtime, Stamkos with the puck tried to go high but was easily deflected away by Gerber.
In the other end, Niederreiter with the shot but Smith was able to make the glove save.
After five minutes of overtime, the game remained tied at two so it’s off to shootouts.
Canada won the coin toss and will shoot first.
Canada selected Eberle as their first skater but was stopped by Gerber.
Switzerland selected Niederreiter but was stopped by Smith.
Canada chose Giroux as their second skater but Gerber made the pad save.
Switzerland went with Reto Suri who beat Smith to go up 1-0 in the shootout.
Matt Duchene was Canada’s third skater and he beat Gerber to tie the shootout at one.
Ryan Gardner was next for Switzerland but was stopped by Smith.
Switzerland goes again and sent Martin Pluss but was stopped by Smith
Canada chose Stamkos as their fifth skater but Gerber made the save.
Andres Ambuhl was next and Smith made the stick save.
Duchene got the call again and tried to go five-hole but was stopped by Gerber.
Hollenstein was next for Switzerland but Smith made the glove stop.
Eberle was called again and gets a second chance in the shootout but Gerber made the pad save.
Simon Bodenmann was Switzerland seventh skater but was denied by Smith.
Matt Read was next but was stopped by Gerber.
Suri makes his second appearance in the shooutout and scored to give Switzerland the lead.
Duchene made his third appearance in the shooutout but was stopped by Gerber.
Switzerland won the shootout, 3-2 as Canada dropped their first game of the tournament.
Jordan Eberle had one point in the game and one shot with 14:13 of ice time.
Taylor Hall was pointless in the game with zero shots on net and 8:33 of ice time.
Justin Schultz was also pointless in the game with one shot on net and 11:04 of ice time in the game.
Canada’s next game is on Tuesday and puck drop is scheduled for 12:15 P.M. (MT).
USA 4 vs. LATVIA 1
The US scored four unanswered goals as they defeat Latvia, 4-1 in their second game in the round-robin tournament in Helskini.
Midway through the first period, Matt Carle from the point, threw the puck on net with Craig Smith in front but Edgars Masalskis was there and made the glove save.
Late in the first, the US had the chance to open the scoring but Bobby Butler missed the tip in and the puck went wide.
In the other end, Latvia was able to clear the puck to Lauris Darzins, who went on the breakaway but Ben Bishop made the pad save to keep the game scoreless.
Just as the powerplay expired early in the second, Arturs Kulda was all alone in front and from the slot, beat Bishop short side and gave Latvia, a 1-0 lead.
One minute later, the US tied it up as Tim Stapleton picked up the rebound and was able to put it over the glove of Masalskis.
A few minutes later, Juris Stals was called for slashing and the US went on their second powerplay opportunity.
On the ensuing powerplay, David Moss was beside the net with the puck and was able to put it in under the pad of Masalskis and gave the US their first lead in the game.
Shortly after, the US went on the penalty kill as Jamie McBain was called for slashing. Eleven seconds later, Latvia was called for an interference penalty, cancelling out their powerplay and both teams played four-on-four hockey for 1:10.
Right off the faceoff in the Latvia zone, the puck hit the post where it slowly bounced back out in front but Smith was unable to bank it in.
Early in the third, Martins Cipulis went on the breakaway but Bishop made the glove save to preserve the 2-1 US lead.
Midway through the third, Aleksejs Sirokovs was called for elbowing and sent the US on the powerplay.
On the powerplay, Bobby Butler picked up the rebound in front and was able to put it past Masalskis and gave the US a 3-1 lead.
Shortly after from the high slot, Matt Hunwick, shot the puck through traffic and found the back of the net to extend the US’s lead, 4-1.
The USA defeated Latvia, 4-1 as they win their second game in the round-robin tournament.
Jeff Petry was pointless in the game with zero shots on net and 11:10 of ice time.
Their next game will be on Tuesday, as they will face Russia. Puck drop is at 11:15 A.M. (MT).
-- Wendy Mach, edmontonoilers.com