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2016 IIHF World Championships - Day 12

by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers
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).

We will have daily updates on the games involving Oilers players, highlights, stats and more so be sure to check edmontonoilers.com regularly!

SLOVAKIA 3, USA 2 (OT)

It was a bittersweet moment for Slovakia in their 3-2 overtime win over Team USA on day 12 of the IIHf World Championship.

Entering the game with six points, the Slovaks needed a regulation-time win to get to the quarterfinal round but were unable to secure a spot.

With nine points, the Americans either needed a regulation-time win or force overtime to get to the next round.

Though Slovakia kicked off the game with a 1-0 lead after the first 20 minutes of play, USA scored the equalizer seven minutes into the second on a power play.

The start of the third period saw the Americans take a 2-1 lead, but Slovakia kept their momentum strong and potted the 2-2 equalizer midway through the period.  

Even in Slocakia's successful bid to tie the game and finish with an overtime win, the Americans secured the point they needed to move on to the next round.

At the end of the game, Slovak captain Andrej Sekera and two other defencemen were honoured as best players for Team Slovakia.

Slovakia finishes the tournament with eight points and a 2-1-0-4 record, while the USA move into the quarter finals with 10 points and a 3-0-1-3 record.

FINLAND 4, CANADA 0

Three Finnish goals in the second period lead to a disappointing 4-0 loss for Team Canada on day 12 of the tournament.

The loss breaks Canada’s potential seven-game win streak and ceases their 16-game unbeaten streak in the international tournament, dating back to last year’s World Championship.

A highly anticipated game, Canada versus Finland would decide who would place first in B Group as each team entered the game with a 6-0-0-0 record.

After a scoreless first period, Finland took a 1-0 lead 6:10 into the middle frame followed up with two more unanswered goals in the last five minutes of the period.

Finland secured their 4-0 win with a goal from Jarno Koskiranta 2:32 into the third as a physical final 20 minutes played out between the two teams.

For the first time this tournament, Taylor Hall (6G, 2A) and Connor McDavid (0G, 6A) were held pointless on the scoresheet while Cam Talbot (5GP, 1.40 GAA, .926SV%) loses out on a five-game win streak.

With Finland finishing atop the group they will now face Denmark in the quarter finals while Canada will play Sweden on Thursday.

-- Meg Tilley, edmontonoilers.com

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