2014 IIHF World Championships - Day 2
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.
It took a shootout for Germany to win their tournament-opening game, 2-1 over Kazakhstan.
Leon Draisaitl, ranked fourth by NHL Central Scouting in June's NHL Draft, centred the fourth line. He picked up an assist on Germany's lone goal during regulation -- scored by Matthias Plachta. Draisaitl won 5 of 11 faceoffs (45.45%) and was +1 in 12:05 of icetime with two shots on goal.
Draisaitl was also named as Player of the Game for Germany.
Germany's Thomas Oppenheimer scored the decisive goal in the shootout for the win.
The Germans and Draisaitl play again Sunday morning against Latvia. Puck drops at 4:45 a.m. MT.
Sweden blanked Denmark 3-0 on the strength of two first-period goals by Mikael Backlund.
Oilers defenceman Philip Larsen played on the top pairing for Denmark, logging 22:34 in icetime which was second among blueliners. Larsen was -2 with one shot on goal.
Gustav Nyquist scored Sweden's other goal, partway through the third period.
Denmark's next game is Sunday morning against Norway at 7:45 a.m. MT.
Ben Scrivens stopped 23 of 24 shots in his first start of the World Championships to help lead Canada to a 4-1 win over Slovakia on Saturday.
Oilers defenceman Martin Marincin was named as the Player of the Game for Slovakia. He led both teams with 24:04 of icetime and had one shot on goal. He was -2 but couldn't be faulted on either goal he was on the ice for.
Slovakia meets France on Monday at 7:45 a.m. MT while Canada takes on Czech Republic Monday at 11:45 a.m. MT.
Two goals in the third period helped lead USA to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Switzerland on Saturday.
Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry had an assist and two penalty minutes plus four shots on goal in 13:57 of icetime.
After a scoreless first, Switzerland had a 1-0 lead with a goal 1:28 into the second. Five minutes later, Peter Mueller tied it for the US on a goal assisted by Petry. Damen Brunner scored to make it 2-1 Swiss three minutes after that.
1:28 into the third, USA tied the game once again on a goal by Craig Smith. Tyler Johnson got the game winner with 6:45 to go in the third.
Next up for the Americans is a game against Russia on Monday at 11:45 a.m. MT.