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WJC REPORT: Canada wins Gold; Slovakia wins Bronze

by Marc Ciampa / 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.

CANADA 5, RUSSIA 4

TORONTO - In the Gold Medal Game, Canada and Russia did not disappoint with wild changes in momentum and a thrilling finish with Canada taking the Gold Medal in a 5-4 win.

Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse was +2 for Canada and named Canada's Player of the Game. He was not on the ice for an even-strength goal against the entire tournament.

Nurse was also named to the tournament all-star team.

Canada took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Anthony Duclair only 23 seconds in. They quickly made it 2-0 on a goal by Paul, prompting a goaltending change by Russia.

Before the first period would end, Russia got a goal back to make it 2-1 heading into the first intermission.

Canada scored three times to make it 5-1 just past the midway point of period two on a breakaway goal by Connor McDavid and two from Max Domi.

Russia narrowed the gap to one goal after scoring three times in a span of 3:16 to make it 5-4 heading into the final frame.

SLOVAKIA 4, SWEDEN 2

TORONTO - Slovakia shocked the Swedes 4-2 on Monday, winning the Bronze Medal in an impressive showing in the tournament for the country.

The Slovakians raced out to a 2-0 lead on goals by David Soltes and Mislav Rosandic 39 seconds apart in the first 3:22 of the game. Sweden responded to tie the game up before the period would. William Nylander scored with 9:38 to play in the first and 2015 draft-eligible prospect Jens Looke made it 2-2 less than six minutes later.

After a scoreless second, Pavol Skalicky scored 2:52 into the third to give Slovakia the lead. They added an empty netter in the final minute to make it a 4-2 final.

Oilers prospect, defenceman William Lagesson had a shot on goal and +1 rating in a losing effort for Sweden.  

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Jens Looke was named best player of the game for Sweden with a goal and even plus/minus rating. ... Connor McDavid had a goal and a +1 rating.    

-- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com

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