Two Oilers prospects are taking part in the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships in Toronto and Montreal. We are providing daily reports and links to interviews and highlights through to the end of the tournament.
We will also provide updates on the progress of draft eligible players at the tournament.
SWEDEN 6, FINLAND 3
TORONTO - The Swedes skate past Finland 6-3 to advance and play Russia on Sunday.
It was Finland who struck first at 1:44 of the second when Jusso Ikonen scored on a breakaway and beat Linus Soderstrom.
Sweden responded with two-straight power play goals, once again showing their special teams prowess, and an even strength goal to make it 3-1.
Finland came back to tie the game, courtesy of goals by Mikko Ratanen and Kasperi Kapanen. The two teams went into the third knotted up at three.
Sweden closed things out with a three-goal third period. Adrian Kempe scored a power play goal at 1:24 of the final frame and Oskar Lindblom and Lucas Wallmark sealed the deal with their tallies.
11 players for Sweden recorded points and five had two point games.
Oilers prospect William Lagesson finished the game -1 with two penalty minutes and a shot on goal for Sweden.
CANADA 8, DENMARK 0
MONTREAL - The Connor McDavid-Curtis Lazar combo was on full display as Canada crushed Denmark 8-0, advancing to play Slovakia on Sunday.
Lazar tallied two goals and an assist, while McDavid added a goal and two assists, each leading the Canadians with three points. None of those points may have been more pretty than McDavid’s highlight-reel goal in the second.
McDavid made it 4-0 Canada at 10:21 of the second period when he stripped the puck at centre and blew blast the Danish defence, faked wide right in front of the net, threw on the brakes and then slid the puck gently past Georg Sorensen.
McDavid was also instrumental on the Canadians first goal as, while falling to the ice, he set up Lazar in deep. That goal was the first of many for the red and white.
Sam Reinhart made it 2-0 at 15:17 of the first. Then Lawson Crouse scored to make it 3-0 at 7:50 of the second.
The aforementioned McDavid breakaway goal was then followed by Lazar’s second of the night at 13:21 of the middle frame.
With a 5-0 lead and the game pretty much secure, Nick Paul, Brayden Point and Nick Ritchie all lit the lamp in the third to cap off the blowout.
Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse had two penalty minutes, was +2 and recorded two shots on goal.
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USA’s Jack Eichel finished with one assist and six shots on goal in a 3-2 loss to Russia. Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists, was +4 and recorded four shots on goal in Canada's win. Lawson Crouse scored a goal and an assist and finished the game with two shots on goal.