2014 IIHF World Championships - Day 1
Four Oilers will be representing their country at the annual tournament as we provide daily updates on their progress
We will have daily updates on the games involving Oilers players, highlights, stats and more so be sure to check edmontonoilers.com regularly!
We will also provide updates on high-ranked 2014 NHL Draft prospect Leon Draisaitl, who is playing for Germany.
Canada was stunned in their tournament opener on Friday, falling 3-2 in a shootout to France.
France opened the scoring on a power play goal by Stephane da Costa 17:03 into the first but Canada replied just over two minutes later to tie it up. Brayden Schenn scored a power play marker with 16 seconds to play in the opening frame.
Neither team scored in the second period but Erik Gudbranson converted a feed from Nathan MacKinnon 10:42 into the third.
However, the lead was shortlived as da Costa scored less than two minutes later on the power play to knot it up at 2-2.
In the shootout, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was the only goal scorer to give France the win.
Former NHLer, Cristobal Huet stopped 34 of 36 for France. James Reimer turned away 27 of 29 shots for Canada.
Oilers netminder Ben Scrivens gets the start for Canada tomorrow as they take on Slovakia at 11:45 a.m. MT.
The Americans had a great start to the Worlds, defeating host Belarus by a score of 6-1.
Jeff Petry had an assist and was +2 while paired up with Jake Gardiner on USA's third pairing for most of the game. Petry was fourth among USA defencemen in total icetime.
Scoring for USA was Jacob Trouba with two, Johnny Gaudreau, Colin McDonald, Blake Nelson and Gardiner.
The lone Belarus goal came when the score was 4-0, and was scored by Andrei Stepanov.
USA plays again tomorrow when they take on Switzerland at 11:45 a.m. MT.
Slovakia dropped their tournament opener in overtime to their rivals, the Czech Republic by a score of 3-2.
Martin Marincin had no points and two penalty minutes while leading all Slovak skaters with 23:11 of icetime.
The Czechs took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission but two Slovakian goals in the second put Marincin's squad up 2-1. Jaromir Jagr scored with 2:07 to play in the third to tie it at 2-2 and 1:50 into overtime Jakub Klepis scored to give his team the win.