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2015 IIHF World Championship Semifinals

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

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 2, CZECH 0

Canada played their best defensive game of the tournament, defeating the host Czech Republic 2-0, advancing to the tournament finals.

It didn't take Canada long to get on the board. Sidney Crosby chipped the puck up to Oilers winger Jordan Eberle, setting up a two-on-none with him and another Oilers forward, Taylor Hall.

Eberle then set up Hall for an easy tap-in, beating Czech netminder Ondrej Pavelec to make it a 1-0 game.

The game would stay that way until near the midway point of period two. At that point, Jason Spezza caught Pavelec napping, rifling it in to double Canada's lead.

The Czechs had a goal called back late in the second due to a crease violation. After 40 minutes, the score was 2-0 for Canada and that's how the game would end.

Shot count was 41-23 for the Canadians.

Canada plays the winner of USA vs. Russia on Sunday at 12:45 PM MDT.

USA VS. RUSSIA

Russia broke a scoreless tie with four goals in the third period to defeat Team USA 4-0 on Saturday in the semifinals. With the win, Russia advanced to the Gold Medal Game where they will face Canada Sunday at 12:45 PM MDT.

Sergei Mozyakin scored his sixth goal of the tournament 7:17 into the third and just over three minutes later, Alex Ovechkin tallied to make it 2-0.

With 4:32 to go in the game, Vadim Shipachyuov scored to give Russia a 3-0 advantage and Evgeni Malkin added an empty netter to clinch the outcome.

Oilers forward Matt Hendricks was -1 in 15:09 of icetime with one shot on goal. USA will play the Czech Republic in the Bronze Medal Game on Sunday at 8:15 AM MDT. 

-- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com

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