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WORLDS: Day 11 Coverage

Larsson and Sweden win tight 5-4 matchup against Latvia to secure quarter-final berth while Nurse and Canada roll past Denmark

by Cait MacPhail /

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In what ended up being a surprisingly close matchup between the two-time defending champion Swedes and eleventh-seed Latvians, it was Sweden that had to dig deep on Monday for a big three points in Group B standings with a 5-4 victory to secure a quarter-final berth. 

It was a back-and-forth affair throughout including a wild third period that saw a desperate Latvia in need of a regulation win by at least two points to keep their quarter-final hopes alive. After Roberts Bukarts was able to draw the Latvians even at 4-4 with 3:24 remaining, they were forced to pull their goalie in search of another couple goals but Sweden was able to capitalize with Dennis Rasmussen potting the empty-netter to ice things for Sweden with 33 seconds remaining. 


With another quarter-final appearance all locked up, Adam Larsson and the Swedes will attempt to knock off the currently-undefeated, first-place Russians when the two meet for one last prelimary-round matchup on Tuesday, May 21 at 12:15pm MT. After Monday's victory, Sweden sits third in Group B behind the second-place Czechs who possess an identical 5-0-0-1 record. The Czech Republic has the edge in the standings due to their head-to-head victory over Sweden in the pair's opening matchup back on May 10.


Over in Group A, it was Darnell Nurse and the Canadians strolling to victory with relative ease in a 5-0 final over Denmark. 

A three-goal outburst in the opening ten minutes of the game set the table for Canada with Pierre-Luc Dubois, Jared McCann and Jonathan Marchessault getting on the board in the feverish first. The remainder of the matchup proved to be a calmer affair with forward Sam Reinhart tallying a pair of goals, one in the second and another in the third, to account for the only other offence en route to the 5-0 final. 

Oilers blueliner Darnell Nurse logged 18:45 TOI and was +2 in the victory. 


The Canadian win helped lift them to second place behind the Finns on the A side. As with Sweden and Russia in Group B, Canada and the Finns have identical 5-0-0-1 records, but with Finland taking the head-to-head matchup over Canada, they finish Day 11 atop Group A standings. 

All five Oilers involved in the tournament will be in action tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21 in the final day of prelimary-round play. Leon Draisaitl and the Germans will face the top-dog Finns at 4:15am MT, with Germany looking for three points to potentially finish as high as third in Group A if third-place America loses their final preliminary matchup. 

Andrej Sekera and the Slovaks had their chances of advancing erased today with an American victory and will wrap their tournament with a meeting vs. Oilers prospect Patrick Russell and Denmark at 8:15am MT.

Darnell Nurse and Canada will be right back at it with a rivalry matchup against America at 12:15pm MT that will factor in to where each team finishes in the top three of Group A.

Finally, Adam Larsson and Sweden will be vying for a potential first or second-place finish in Group B when they take on the undefeated Russians at 12:15pm MT.

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