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Paajarvi, Omark get the best of Eberle Sunday

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
Oilers Taylor Chorney (C) and Ryan Potulny (R) surge into the offensive zone during USA's battle vs. Kazakhstan at the World Championship in Germany on May 15, 2010. USA won the game 10-0. (Photo by Jukka Rautio / HHOF-IIHF Images)

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Sunday was a busy day for Oilers players and prospects as all six players representing their respective countries suited up.

Devan Dubnyk joined Team Canada and Jordan Eberle suited up for the Canadians for his second game. The pair faced off against Oilers prospects Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson and Linus Omark in Mannheim.

In Cologne, Ryan Potulny and Taylor Chorney helped USA win its second game in the relegation round in as many days, defeating France 4-0.

SWE 3 - CAN 1

Oilers GM Steve Tambellini was in the building to watch three Oilers prospects battle head-to-head as Canada met Sweden in a key Qualifying Round match-up.

It was Sweden - with Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson and Linus Omark - that bettered Team Canada and Jordan Eberle on this day. The Swedes won the game 3-1 on the strength of two goals from Jonas Andersson and 32 saves from Jonas Gustavsson.

Sweden got on the board early when Omark's line struck for a goal 2:35 in. Johan Harju wristed a shot blocker side past Chris Mason to make it 1-0. Andersson's two goals came in the second period 3:04 apart to make it a three-goal lead.

Brooks Laich scored in the third to close the gap, but 3-1 was as close as Canada would get.

Paajarvi-Svensson was third among Swedish forwards with 15:45 of icetime. He had two shots on goal and an even rating. Omark skated for 12:50 with a pair of shots and was +1.

Eberle had 14:33 of icetime which was seventh among Canada's 12 forwards. He was -1 with no shots on goal. The Oilers prospect saw power play time and was put out late in the game as Canada's coach Craig MacTavish shortened the bench in the third.

USA 4 - FRA 0

Following a winless preliminary round, the United States has followed that up with two wins in the relegation round in two attempts.

The victory gives USA the lead in the round with six points. Italy and France are tied for second with three points apiece. Kazakhstan is last with a pair of losses. The bottom two teams are relegated down to the Division I World Championships next year.

USA dominated the play on the outset but were unable to score in the opening period. They finally solved French netminder Eddy Ferhi nearly five minutes into the middle frame. Nick Foligno banged home a rebound to score and make it 1-0.

Later in the same period, Brandon Dubnsky scored to double the Americans' lead.

Oshie and Foligno, with his second, scored in the third to make the final 4-0.

USA goaltender Scott Clemmensen only had to make 10 saves for the shutout. Ferhi stopped 27 of 31 for the Frenchmen.

The Oilers' Ryan Potulny had an even rating over 12:48 of icetime. Taylor Chorney was also even, having played 9:01.


Canada and Sweden wrap up their qualification round schedule on Tuesday. Canada plays the Czech Republic at 8:15 a.m. MT while Sweden takes on the surprisingly undefeated Swiss squad at 12:15 p.m. MT.

USA wraps up the relegation round Tuesday morning at 4:15 a.m. MT against Italy.  Picking up a single point in that game will guarantee that the Americans will not be relegated.

Visit regularly throughout the two-week tournament for updates on the Oilers in Germany.

(all times mountain)

Friday, May 14:

Canada 12 - Norway 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sweden 4 - Latvia 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sunday, May 16:

Sweden 3 vs. Canada 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Tuesday, May 18:

Canada vs. Czech Republic - 8:15 a.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sweden vs. Switzerland - 12:15 p.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 



Saturday, May 15:

10 - Kazakhstan 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Sunday, May 16:

USA 4 vs. France 0
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Tuesday, May 18:

USA vs. Italy - 4:15 a.m.
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos



Friday, May 7:

Germany 2
- USA 1 OT
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Saturday, May 8:

5 - Italy 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos  

Sunday, May 9:

Sweden 5 vs. Norway 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Monday, May 10:

Denmark 2 - USA 1 OT
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Canada 6 - Latvia 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 

Tuesday, May 11:

Sweden 3 - France 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Wednesday, May 12:

Finland 3 - USA 2
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos

Switzerland 4 - Canada 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 

Thursday, May 13:

Czech Republic 2 - Sweden 1
Gamesheet | Recap | Photos 


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