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2015 IIHF World Championships - Day 7

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers have five players participating in the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championships 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.

BELARUS 5, USA 2

USA suffered their first loss of 2015 IIHF World Championship preliminary play on Thursday, a 5-2 decision to Belarus.

Belarus jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Americans in the second period, with goals by Artur Gavrus, Artyom Volkov and Alexander Kitarov.

Brock Nelson made it 3-1, scoring for the U.S. at 17:21 of the second

Alexei Kalyuzhny put Belarus up 4-1 at 1:15 of the third, with a power play goal.

At 5:35 of the third, NHL Central Scouting’s second-ranked North American skater, Jack Eichel, had a beautiful backhand feed that set up Torey Krug for a U.S. goal.

The comeback bid fell way short for USA, as Kalyuzhny potted his second of the game at 8:23 of the final period to lead Belarus to the victory.

Eichel finished the game with two assists and two penalty minutes. Oilers winger Matt Hendricks tied for the USA team lead in shots on goal (3) and recorded two penalty minutes in the loss.

Next up for the U.S. is Denmark on Friday, at 12:15 p.m.

SWEDEN 4, GERMANY 3

Germany made things interesting, but Sweden held on for a 4-3 win at the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship.

It looked like Sweden would dominate the Germans after a strong start to the first period. Oscar Moller opened scoring at 11:19 and Joakim Lindstrom gave Sweden a 2-0 lead.

Germany battled back to tie the game with goals by Marcu Kink and Nicolas Krammer.

John Klingberg scored to put Sweden back on top at 2:55 of the third, and Moller potted his second of the game at 8:40 of the final frame to make it 4-2.

Matthias Plachta brought Germany to within one with just over five minutes remaining, but they couldn’t net the equalizer.

Oilers and Swedish defenceman Oscar Klefbom finished the game with two penalty minutes and a pair of shots. Oilers centre Anton Lander was held off the score sheet and finished -1.

Sweden plays Switzerland on Saturday, at 12:15 p.m.

-- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.com

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