IIHF World Championships - Day 10
Six Oilers will be representing their country at the annual tournament
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The U.S.A. punched their ticket to the quarterfinals as they clinched first place in their pool with a 3-0 shutout win over Germany.
In the opening minutes of the first, the U.S. went on the powerplay as Felix Schutz was called for slashing.
On the powerplay, Justin Faulk from the blue line threw the puck on net but Dennis Endras was able to make the save. The rebound bounced in front to Bobby Butler who found the open net and gave the U.S., a 1-0 lead.
Shortly after, Erik Johnson from the right side drove to the net and made a cross-ice pass to Paul Stastny, who was able to put the puck into the wide-open net to extend their lead, 2-0.
A few minutes later, the U.S. were on the penalty kill when Chrstian Ehrhoff turned over the puck on the blue line with Aaron Palushaj in position to pick up the loose puck. Palushaj went on the breakaway and tried to backhand the puck high blocker side but Endras made the save.
In the second period, on a U.S. penalty kill, John Gibson made two huge saves to preserve the U.S. lead as Michael Wolf was all-alone beside the net but was denied. Shortly after, Germany had a two-on-one rush he made the huge pad save to keep the 2-0 lead.
Midway through the second, Palushaj was given a penalty shot as he was pulled down going to the net. On the penalty shot, Palushaj tried to put the puck in the top right corner but missed and shot the puck high.
In the third period, Germany had another chance to try and pull within one as Gibson got a piece of Patrick Hager’s shot but the puck bounced up and behind him in the crease. Philip Gogulla was on the doorstep ready to bang in the rebound but Jeff Petry was able to clear the puck away.
A few minutes later, Ryan Carter shot the puck from the blue line but was stopped by Endras. Nate Thompson picked up the rebound in front but his shot went through Endras’ legs and straight across to Stephen Gionta, who buried the puck to extend U.S.’s lead, 3-0.
With less than two minutes left in the game, Thompson was called for elbowing but Germany was unable to capitalize as the U.S. held onto the 3-0 lead.
Jeff Petry was pointless in the game with one shot on net and 15:37 of ice time.
The U.S. will have Monday off and will be back on the ice on Tuesday. They will be facing Slovakia and puck drop will be at 3:15 A.M. (MT).
CANADA 2 vs. CZECH REPUBLIC 1
Jeff Skinner scored the game winner early in the third to lift Canada to a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic. Mike Smith recorded his first assist and stopped 30 shots on net for his second win in the tournament to help Canada advance to the quarterfinals.
Early in the first, Radim Vrbata tried to open the scoring as he rushed in from the left side. From the point, he shot the puck on net but Mike Smith was able to make the save. Vrbata tried to pick up his own rebound but Smith made the left pad save to keep the game scoreless.
Canada went on the game’s first powerplay as Jakub Voracek was called for charging.
On the man-advantage, Stephane Robidas from the blue line made a pass to Eric Staal and from the point, threw the puck on net. Wyane Simmonds who was positioned in front, redirected Staal’s shot in past Ondrej Pavelec to put Canada up, 1-0.
A few minutes later, Smith came out to play the puck but ended up putting on the stick of Zbynek Michalek. Smith was able to quickly recover as he made the save to preserve Canada’s, 1-0 lead.
Late in the first, Czech Republic tied it up as Petr Tenkrat was alone in front to put in the rebound past Smith.
In the second, Canada had the chance to re-take the lead as Steven Stamkos and Andrew Ladd went on a two-on-one rush. Ladd held on to the puck long enough to pull Pavelec out of position and made a pass to Stamkos but he missed the wide-open net and hit the post.
Shortly after, Canada went down one defenceman as Luke Schenn was given a five-minute major as well as a game misconduct for checking Zybnek Irgl from behind.
However, Canada was able to re-take the lead early in the third as Smith made the pass up the ice to Jeff Skinner and with the wraparound, beat Pavelec to give Canada a 2-1 lead.
A few minutes later, Smith made a huge glove save on Jakub Nakladal to keep Canada’s lead and with 3:17 left in the third, Ladislav Smid took a costly penalty as he was called for hooking but Canada was unable to capitalize on the man-advantage.
With less than one minute to play in the third, the Czech Republic pulled Pavelec for the extra skater but were unable to beat Smith as Canada held on to win, 2-1.
With this win, Canada will advance to the quarterfinals but the Czech Republic will need to rely on Switzerland beating Norway to have a fighting chance.
Taylor Hall was pointless in the game with zero shots on net and 11:41 of ice time.
Jordan Eberle was also pointless in the game with two shots on net and 15:20 of ice time.
Justin Schultz was also pointless in the game with zero shots on net and 14:19 of ice time.
Ladislav Smid was also held pointless in the game with zero shots on net and 22:45 of ice time.
Canada will be back on the ice on Monday as they will be taking on Slovenia. Puck drop will be at 12:15 P.M. (MT).
The Czech Republic will have Monday off and will face Norway on Tuesday. Puck drop will be at 8:15 A.M. (MT).
-- Wendy Mach, edmontonoilers.com