Fallback against Canada – World Cup problems for Norway

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Canada – Norway 4-2

Norway sit in sixth place and now have three points after four games. There are four points until fourth place, which results in a quarter-final. In total, Norway will play seven matches in the group stage.

The Canadians had endured a painful championship with three straight losses, but grew too strong for Norway’s ice warriors and showered goaltender Henrik Haukeland with shots at times.

The 1-0 goal already came after 22 seconds and gave the Norwegian team a huge cold shower. Owen Power sent the puck hard on the net, and captain Adam Henrique challenged it to Connor Brown, who slid the puck into the net with his right skate.

Later in the period, Norway smoked two dismissals in the same minute, and when Canada had to play a five-on-three advantage, it became hard to resist. The redshirts camped around Haukeland, who first made two good saves before Henrique returned in goal.

two rapids

Norway created very little in an opening period where the shooting stats showed 16-5 in favor of Canada. But midway through the second period, Petter Thoresen’s boys hit hard.

A foul after 29 minutes sent the puck to Michael Haga, who delivered a good assist to Thomas Valkvæ Olsen. He finished between the goalkeeper’s legs at 1-2.

The score gave the Norwegian players new energy, and they played under enormous pressure in the little over a minute that followed. Max Krogdahl sent the puck hard on the skate to Mats Rosseli Olsen, and he jumped up to 2-2.

Thoresen and his students had high hopes for this year’s second World Cup victory, but the jubilation did not subside for long after the equaliser. Canada replied quickly and Andrew Mangiapane was on his knees and directed the puck towards the crossbar.

The Henrique

In the third period, Norway got three games in overtime in the first eleven minutes, but despite some pressure, they failed to put the puck in the net.

Instead, Henrique scored in the minority after 50 minutes. Norwegian captain Jonas Holøs failed to stop the Canadian captain, and he faked Haukeland and made it 4-2.

Five minutes later, the puck again ended up in the net behind Haukeland, but that goal was canceled for an attack on the goaltender. Brandon Hagel was a little too hard against Haukeland before pushing the puck over the finish line.

It was a Canadian victory anyway, and both teams now stand with three points from the first four games. Thus, they must fight to reach a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

(© NTB)

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