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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CANADA 4, USA 3
It was as exciting of a semi-final showdown as could be expected when Team Canada and Team USA squared off Saturday. In the end, Canada pulled out the hard-fought 4-3 victory to advance to the gold medal round.
Canada jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with goals by Brendan Gallagher and Brad Marchand in the first period. The Americans came firing back in the second, however, with Auston Matthews getting them on the board with a power-play tally at 1:14 of the middle frame.
David Warsofsky potted the equalizer at 3:57, firing a top-shelf shot on a 2-on-1 rush. It was reviewed as play continued for almost a full minute, and ruled a good goal in the end making it a 2-2 game.
Then, Dylan Larkin perfectly set up Tyler Motte in the slot for the 3-2 USA lead at 8:25 of the second.
Canada wouldn’t let the Americans exit the second with the lead, as Derick Brassard scored a power-play goal at 15:30. A scramble in front allowed Brassard a nice look with space and he made no mistake on the game-tying tally.
In the third, Canada took back the lead early.
Ryan Ellis hammered a shot from the top of the circle just 1:34 into the final frame to make it 4-3 for the Canadians.
USA pulled goaltender Keith Kinkaid late, but couldn’t net the equalizer. The Americans will try and defeat Russia for bronze, while Canada will play Finland for gold on Sunday..
Oilers goalie Cam Talbot made 30 saves for Canada in the win. Oilers winger Taylor Hall had two shots on goal in 14:47 of ice time. Connor McDavid tallied an assist in 16:44.
On the U.S. side, Oilers forward and USA Captain Matt Hendricks played 11:03 and had one shot on goal. Patrick Maroon played 12:05.
-- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.comAll Times Mountain