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.
CANADA 4, FINLAND 1
MONTREAL - Canada won for the third time in as many games at the World Junior tournament, defeating Finland 4-1.
Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse had two penalty minutes in the contest and an even plus/minus rating with one shot on goal.
Canada opened the scoring 5:32 into the opening period on a goal by Sam Reinhart. They extended the lead with 6:26 left in the second when Reinhart scored his second of the game.
Finnish scored late in the second to narrow the gap to 2-1 but Canada got that one back 11:15 into period three. Anthony Duclair scored to make it 3-1.
Former Edmonton Oil Kings centre Curtis Lazar scored with 6:35 to play to make the final 4-1 for Canada.
SWEDEN 3, RUSSIA 2
TORONTO - Special teams proved to be the difference, with Sweden netting two power play goals on their way to a 3-2 victory over Russia.
Sweden scored first at 10:38 of the opening period. Gustav Forsling, a fifth round pick of Vancouver in 2014, scored his first of two power play goals.
Russia’s Vyacheslav Leshenko scored back-to-back goals in the second and third to give Russia their first and only lead of the game.
Then came Forsling’s second power play goal of the night, which tied the game at two, at 6:44 of the third.
At 10:53 of the final frame, Axel Holmstrom scored to put Sweden up 3-2. That proved to be the game winner as Sweden beat Russia in regulation to pull away with the Group B lead.
Oilers 2014 fourth-round pick William Lagesson finished the game with one shot on goal and two penalty minutes.
2015 NHL DRAFT PROSPECT UPDATES
Jack Eichel had no points and four penalty minutes in USA's 3-0 win over Slovakia. He also had four shots on goal. ... Noah Hanifin had no points and two shots on goal. ... Lawson Crouse had two shots and no points for Canada.
-- Chris Wescott & Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com