IIHF World Championships - Day 12
Six Oilers will be representing their country at the annual tournament
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Two goals in the first five minutes of game was enough to lift Slovakia to a 4-1 win over the U.S.
It took only 15-seconds for Slovakia to get on the board as Ben Bishop misplayed the puck and turned it over behind the net. The puck bounced off Tomas Kopecky’s skate and out in front to Branko Radivojevic, who buried the puck in the wide-open net and Slovakia was up, 1-0.
Less than four minutes later, Slovakia extended their lead to two as Martin Bartek rushed in on the left side and from the point, beat Bishop on the short side.
Shortly after on the U.S. powerplay, they turned over the puck on the blue line and Slovakia went on the shorthanded rush but Bishop made the right pad save on Michel Miklik to keep the Slovakia’s lead to only two.
In the second, the U.S. tried to pull within one as TJ Oshie was all alone in front and tried to backhand the puck in past Rastislav Stana but was stopped.
A few minutes later, Paul Stastny from the high slot threw the puck on net with Craig Smith in front but he redirected the puck high and wide of the net.
Midway through the second, Craig Smith was given a two-minute penalty for checking to the head as well as a ten-minute game misconduct.
On the ensuing powerplay, Roman Kukumberg made a pass to Tomas Zaborsky from behind the net and with the cross-crease pass, found a wide-open Rene Vydareny, who put it into the open net to extend Slovakia’s lead, 3-0.
The U.S. would get one back late in the second as Danny Kristo’s shot through traffic from the top of the faceoff circle found the top left hand corner and the U.S. cut Slovakia’s lead to two.
In the third, the U.S. was putting pressure in front of the net as Oshie tried the wraparound attempt but Stana made the save. On the doorstep was Alex Galchenyuk as he tried to bang in the loose puck but the play was broken up as Slovakia was able to clear the puck.
With less than two minutes left in the third, the U.S. pulled Bishop for the extra attacker but Marko Dano picked the turnover in the U.S. zone and netted the empty netter as Slovakia would go on to win, 4-1 to clinch the last and final spot in the quarterfinals.
Jeff Petry was pointless in the game with zero shots on net and 12:20 of ice time.
USA Quarterfinal breakdown
The U.S. has also clinched their spot in the quarterfinals but their opponent will depend on Finland. They are currently tied with Russia for points but due to the tiebreaker rules, Russia has more goals scored as they sit in first and the U.S. in second. Finland will be taking on Latvia today and if Finland wins, they will move into first, which means the U.S. will take on Russia but if Finland loses, the U.S. will take on Finland in the quarterfinals.
CZECH REPUBLIC 7 vs. NORWAY 0
The Czech Republic dominated Norway, 7-0 as they punched their ticket to the quarterfinals. With this win, the Czech Republic ousted Norway to moved into the fourth and final playoff spot.
The Czech Republic opened the scoring on the powerplay as Tomas Fleischmann picked up the rebound and slid it in underneath Lars Haugen’s pads to open the scoring early in the first.
A few minutes later, Fleischmann got his second of the night as his wraparound went through Haugen’s legs and in.
The Czech Republic extended their lead to three when Plekanec won the faceoff just outside Norway’s blue line and went on the two-on-one rush with Jiri Tlusty. Plekanec made a cross-ice to Tlusty, who was all alone in the high slot and beat Haugen on the short side with a wrister.
After the Czech Republic scored three goals on ten shots, Norway made a goalie chance and replaced Haugen with Lars Volden in net.
Volden was tested early when Norway turned over the puck in the neutral zone. Radim Vrbata went on breakaway and tried to go short side but Volden stuck out the left pad and made the save.
Midway through the second, Jakub Voracek’s one timer from the high slot was stopped by Volden. The rebound bounced up and out and landed beside the net but Volden couldn’t cover the puck quickly enough. The puck went out in front to Martin Hanzal, who buried it into the wide-open net.
With one second left in the period, Zbynek Michalek’s shot from the high point bounced off the post and in past Volden as the Czech Republic went up 5-0.
In the third, Norway almost got on the board as Patrick Thoresen’s shot beat Ondrej Pavelec but not the post.
In the other end, Radim Vrbrata with the wraparound beat Volden on the short side and the Czech Republic went up, 6-0.
Twenty-one seconds later, Jiri Novotny made a cross-crease pass to Zbynek Igrl as he buried it top shelf.
Ladislav Smid had one assist in the game with three shots on net and 20:20 of ice time.
With this win, the Czech Republic moved into fourth place with eleven points, which was enough to advance them to the quarterfinals where they will be facing Switzerland on Thursday.
-- Wendy Mach, edmontonoilers.com