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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SLOVAKIA 4, HUNGARY 1
Slovakia started off day two of the IIHF World Championships on a high note with a 4-1 win over Hungary this morning.
Seven minutes into the first Slovakia was on the board with a 1-0 lead. But five minutes later Hungary responded when they were granted a power play after Slovakian forward Tomas Hrnka took an interference penalty.
With five minutes remaining in the first, Tomas Jurco converted on a slapshot from Slovak captain Andrej Sekera with a redirection that found the back of the net. An exciting opening 20 minutes saw the first period end with a 2-1 lead for Slovakia.
Sekera followed up his earlier assist with a goal late in the middle frame, scoring off a give-and-go to give his team a two goal lead. Slovak teammate Patrik Lusnak added an empty-net goal in the final two minutes for their 4-1 win.
Sekera finished the game with two points (1G, 1A) and was +2. He was named Slovakia’s best player of the game.
Team Slovakia will look to create a winning streak when they face France tomorrow.
FRANCE 3, GERMANY 2 (SO)
A heartbreaking shootout loss saw Leon Draisaitl and Team Germany fall 3-2 to Team France in their opening game of the IIHF World Championships.
As France opened scoring 3:38 into the first, Germany answered on a power play in the opening 30 seconds of the middle frame after France received their second two-minute penalty for too many men on the ice.
Germany took a 2-1 lead late in the second after German forward Felix Schutz fired a shot past France goaltender Cristobal Huet. But the celebrations were short-lived as France scored an equalizer with 10 seconds remaining in the period.
The third period saw no scoring and the teams remain deadlocked at 2-2, while overtime remained scoreless.
The shootout would see Draisaitl make the first attempt down the ice for Germany, but Cristobal would prevent him from edging the team forward. France’s last shooter, Damien Fleury, who would prove hero for his team, securing the 3-2 shootout win over Germany.
Team Germany will look to redeem themselves against Finland tomorrow.
USA 6, BELARUS 3
A physical game ensued between USA and Belarus, but three straight goals from the Americans saw them finish with a strong 6-3 win on day two of the IIHF World Championships.
USA took a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the first with a goal from Miles Wood, then the Americans followed up with two man-advantage goals before Belarus got on the board with a power-play goal of their own.
A handful of roughing and tripping penalties were handed out to both teams as USA teammates Matt Hendricks and Patrick Maroon claimed three of the nine that were doled out to Team USA.
Though Belarus was able to generate some offence that brought them within two, USA forward Auston Matthews potted one last goal with just over five minutes left of play in the third, sealing the Americans 6-3 victory.
With a 1-1-0 record, Team USA will look to face Finland on Monday.
-- Meg Tilley, edmontonoilers.com