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WJC REPORT: Canada & Sweden Cruise

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers
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 5, SWITZERLAND 1

TORONTO - Sweden showed their power play prowess, scoring four on the man advantage, in a 5-1 win over the Swiss. The win secured a record of 4-0-0-0 in the preliminary round for Sweden.

Switzerland’s Yannick Rathgeb scored first at 3:29 of the opening period, but from there on it was all Sweden.

Adrian Kempe fired a power play shot past Ludovic Waeber at 4:52 of the first.

What followed was three-straight goals, two on the power play, by Oskar Lindblom. The Swede is a 2014 fifth-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Jens Looke finished things off with a power play goal at 15:11 of the second to make it 5-1.

Sweden allowed just 14 shots on goal for the game. Oilers prospect William Lagesson finished -1 with a shot on goal for Sweden.

CANADA 5, USA 3

MONTREAL - Canada led all game and despite some late pushback by the Americans, managed to win 5-3 in a spirited game between the neighbouring countries.

After a scoreless first period, Max Domi scored his first of two goals at 7:07 of the second.

With Dylan Larkin in the box for high sticking, Josh Morrissey gave the Canadians a 2-0 lead on the power play at 10:11 of the middle frame.

Anthony DeAngelo closed the gap for the Canadians with his goal at 13:12 of the second, also on the power play.

Captain Canada, Curtis Lazar, scored by crashing the net at 10:01 of the third. He was set up out in front by a shot and rebound from Connor McDavid. A lengthy review followed the goal, but Canada was up 3-1.

Larkin responded, scoring at 17:26 of the third to pull USA within one once again.

Things were dicey until Sam Reinhart put Canada back up by two at 19:06 with an empty netter.

Canada may have been sitting pretty, but the Americans wouldn’t go down without a fight. Larkin potted his second of the game with 42 seconds remaining.

Domi’s second goal of the game was the deciding factor, an empty netter with four seconds left.

Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse finished the game with two penalty minutes.

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Canada’s Connor McDavid finished with one assist, on Lazar’s goal. Jack Eichel had one assist for USA.  

-- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.com

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