Playing in their first-ever World Championships, young Oilers Taylor Chorney
& Ryan Potulny will be cherishing memories rather than a medal when they return to their respective homes in Minnesota next week.
After dropping their first two games of the tournament in overtime to Germany and Denmark, Team USA needed a win over Finland Wednesday to stay in the hunt.
Despite securing the opening goal courtesy of Calgary Flame David Moss, the Americans couldn't restrain the Finns and suffered a 3-2 loss.
Potulny finished -1 and registered one shot in 17:12 on ice, while Chorney played only 2:50 in the first period.
The loss forced the Americans into the relegation round, where they will face the last-place teams from each of the other three groups. Italy is the other confirmed team, while final rankings for Group A and Group C have yet to be decided.
In other weird Wednesday news, heavy favourites Canada were whipped by Switzerland 4-1. The Swiss crafted a two-goal lead in the first period before John Tavares got Canada on the board at 14:29.
Despite being outshot 32-18, Switzerland added two more goals to secure an impressive undefeated record through the preliminary round.
Canadian captain Ryan Smyth
missed the game due to a foot injury, and Oilers fans can expect prospect Jordan Eberle
to make his World Championships debut in the first game of the qualification round Friday. Canada will play the third-place team from Group C, likely the Czech Republic or Norway.
Thursday, Oilers prospects Magnus Paajarvi
-Svensson and Linus Omark
join Sweden's hunt to finish first in Group C with a win over the Czechs. The puck drops at 12:15pm MT.
regularly throughout the two-week tournament for updates on the Oilers in Germany.
PRELIMINARY ROUND SCHEDULE & RESULTS
(all times mountain)
Friday, May 7:
- USA 1 OT
| Photos Saturday, May 8:
- Italy 1
| Photos Sunday, May 9:
vs. Norway 2
Monday, May 10:
- USA 1 OT
- Latvia 1
| Photos Tuesday, May 11:
- France 2
| Photos Wednesday, May 12:
- USA 2
- Canada 1
| Photos Thursday, May 13:
vs. Czech Republic - 12:15 p.m.
Photos ======END OF ROUND ROBIN
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Author: Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com