The Edmonton Oilers have seven players participating in the 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Russia: Connor McDavid (Canada), Cam Talbot (Canada), Taylor Hall (Canada), Matt Hendricks (USA), Patrick Maroon (USA), Andrej Sekera (Slovakia) and Leon Draisaitl (Germany).
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GERMANY 3, USA 2
After stunning the Americans with a 3-2 win on Sunday, Germany has punched their ticket to the quarterfinals.
Germany scored on the power play only 2:19 into the game on a goal by Patrick Hager. USA responded midway through the period as Jake McCabe dented the twine in behind German netminder Thomas Greisss to tie things up at 101.
However, Christian Ehrhoff's goal 2:31 later put Germany back in the lead at 2-1.
26 seconds into the middle frame, Auston Matthews scored to get the Americans back on even terms and that's how the game would stay until there were 33 seconds remaining in the third period.
At that time, Marcel Goc set up Korbinian Holzer and he fired a shot past USA netminder Mike Condon to make it a 3-2 game.
Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was -1 with no points and a 13:51 rating.
On Team USA, Oilers forwards Patrick Maroon and Matt Hendricks were both held off the scoresheet. Maroon had an even rating in 15:13 of icetime while Hendricks was -1 in 11:43.
Germany next plays Hungary on Monday at 11:15 a.m. MDT while USA plays Slovakia on Tuesday at 3:15 a.m. MDT with their tournament lives on the line. -- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com
FINLAND 5, SLOVAKIA 0
Slovakia's chances at qualifiction for the quarterfinals took a major hit on Sunday with a 5-0 loss at the hands of Finland. That loss, coupled with Germany's win means that Slovakia must defeat the United States in regulation time on Tuesday in order to advance.
For the first 30 minutes of the game, it was scoreless between both sides with relatively little in the way of scoring chances. Slovakia outshot Finland 5-2 in the first period, in fact.
11:07 into the middle frame, Mikko Koivu scored on the power play and 40 seconds later Antti Pihlstrom made it a two-goal game. After 40 minutes, the tables had turned and shots were 16-11 for the Finns.
In the third period, Finland dominated. They outshot Slovakia 19-3 but for the most part Slovakian netminder Julius Hudacek held his ground.
Aleksander Barkov scored 6:06 into the third on a delayed penalty to make it 3-0. Finland added two meaningless goals late -- Jussi Jokinen with 15 seconds to play and Patrik Laine with three seconds left -- to make the score look worse than it was.
Team Slovakia captain and Oilers defenceman Andrej Sekera had an even rating in 20:50 of icetime in a losing cause for his club.
-- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com All Times Mountain