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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BELARUS 4, SLOVAKIA 2
It was yet another disappointing day for Slovakia as they fell 4-2 to Belarus on day six of the IIHF World Championships.
A promising match of physical edge played out between the two teams that saw seven penalties handed out in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Finally, Andrej Sekera capitalized on Slovakia’s power play, scoring 47 seconds into the middle frame to take a 1-0 lead. Slovak teammate Tomas Jurco followed suit late in the second, giving the team a two-goal lead.
But it would be the third period that would see Belarus shake the game up when defenceman Kiril Gotovets scored just 2:22 into the period, cutting Slovakia’s lead by one.
Artur Gavrus kept the momentum going for the Belarusians, potting the 2-2 equalizer six minutes later on a breakaway, while teammate Andrei Stepanov gave the team their first lead all game.
With the exciting turn of events, Belarus continued their advance, with forward Charles Linglet tucking away an insurance goal to take a two-goal lead and secure the 4-2 victory over Slovakia.
In four games, Sekera has four points (3G, 1A) and is +2.
Slovakia will look to turn their luck around but will have their work cut out for them when they face Canada on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. MDT.-- Meg Tilley, edmontonoilers.com