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2015 IIHF World Championship Quarter-Finals

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

QUARTER-FINALS COVERAGE
The Edmonton Oilers have five players participating in the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Czech Republic: Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall (Canada), Anton Lander and Oscar Klefbom (Sweden) and Matt Hendricks (United States).

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 2015 NHL Draft prospect Jack Eichel, who is playing for USA.

CANADA 9, BELARUS 0

Canada rolled over Belarus 9-0 to advance to the Semi-Finals on Thursday at the World Hockey Championships.

Canada opened the scoring 27 seconds in when Brent Burns scored, assisted by Sidney Crosby and Taylor Hall. By the end of the first period, the score was 4-0 for Canada.

The Canadians added two more goals in the second period. Jordan Eberle assisted on the second of the night for Burns on the power play midway through the period to make it 6-0.

Hall racked up his second assist, assisting Tyler Seguin on the power play to make it 7-0 midway through the third. The goal was Seguin's third of the game.

Canada added two more to make it a 9-0 final.

Hall had two assists and Eberle had one helper in the win.

Canada faces the host Czech Republic on Saturday at 7:15 AM MDT to decide who makes it to the Finals.

USA 3, SWITZERLAND 1

Team USA advanced to the semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Switzerland in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Switzerland opened the scoring 13:04 into the game on an unassisted goal by Roman Josi. The game stayed 1-0 until USA's Ben Smith tied it up midway through the second period. 57 seconds after Smith's goal. Charlie Coyle scored to give the Americans a 2-1 lead.

Jake Gardiner scored 10:33 into the third period to make it 3-1 and that's how the game would end.

Oilers forward and Team USA captain Matt Hendricks had one shot on goal in 17:25 of ice-time.

USA has a tough task, facing Alex Ovechkin and Team Russia in the Semi-Finals on Saturday at 11:15 AM MDT.

RUSSIA 5, SWEDEN 3

Sweden's World Championship came to an end after a hard-fought 5-3 loss to Russia on Thursday.

Oilers forward Anton Lander was named Player of the Game for the Swedes, scoring a goal and adding two assists. Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom had two penalty minutes in 22:17 of icetime.

After scoring two goals in the first period, Russia extended its lead to 3-0 on a goal by Evgeni Malkin 48 seconds into the middle frame. Sweden then clawed their way back to tie the game at 3-3. 

The comeback started 11:01 into the second when Lander set up John Klingberg for a goal to narrow the deficit to 3-1. Lander himself then scored 3:36 into period three to make it a one-goal game.

Lander set up Loui Eriksson with 5:14 to go in the third to tie the game up at 3-3 and it looked like the Swedes were gaining some momentum on their way to overtime. Unfortunately, Malkin scored 26 seconds later to give the Russians a 4-3 edge.

Tarasenko added an empty-netter as Russia moved on to the Semi-Finals.

-- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com

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