Leon Draisaitl and the Germans gave the Americans everything they could handle on Sunday in IIHF World Championship preliminary round action but two USA goals in the third resulted in a 3-1 decision.
Quarterfinal seeding was on the line in the lone matchup of the day involving an Oilers player, and Draisaitl made his presence felt early on, setting up the game's opening goal to give Germany the initial advantage.
Draisaitl stole the puck at the blueline, carried it to the high slot, drew American defender Alec Martinez to him and slid a perfect pass over to Frederik Tiffels for the quick wrister at 11:55 of the opening frame.
USA quickly tied it up, however, with a goal from James van Riemsdyk. There were no goals in the middle frame and the first 10 minutes of the third, but Dylan Larkin scored the eventual game-winner and Jack Eichel added insurance to give the Americans an important win.
The three points shot USA right into first place in Group A and unfortunately eliminated Andrej Sekera and the host Slovaks from quarterfinal contention. The Americans, Finns, Canadians and Germans have solidified spots, with seeding to be determined in the coming days.
Draisaitl led all German skaters in ice time at 22:43, logging a pair of shots in addition to the assist for his fifth point in six games.
Three Oilers representatives are in action on Monday as Adam Larsson's Swedes play Latvia at 8:15am MT and Darnell Nurse's Canadians take on Patrick Russell's Danes at 12:15pm MT.
For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's IIHF World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds.