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Ice Hockey World Cup: Norway is back on Earth after losing 1-4 to Slovakia

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NORWAY GOALS: Marcus Vikingstad (37) scored the consolation goal for Norway when they narrowed the lead to 1-3 against Slovakia at the Ice Hockey World Cup on Tuesday.

(Slovakia-Norway 4-1) Norway quickly got back on the ground after beating Canada at the Ice Hockey World Cup. Slovakia were very strong and won 4-1 in the last game on Tuesday.


Slovakia, on the other hand, had a lot to play for. They are fighting for a possible place in the quarter-finals, and only a win after 60 minutes against Norway was good enough to move past Latvia. Slovakia must now hope Latvia do not take points against Switzerland.

On the other hand, Norway could have finished 10th or 11th with a win. Now it will be the twelfth place in the championship.

Norway finished 13th in two consecutive tournaments, but moved up slightly after collecting six points. Norway was eventually trailed by France, Austria, Hungary and Slovenia. The last two move up to the top flight and exchange places with Great Britain and Poland before the WC in the Czech Republic next year.

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Struggle aggressively

Norway’s offensive game faltered a bit during the World Cup, but it was okayed defensively. Tobias Johansson’s crew took the pressure off their area with good passes going forward. Had the game been outnumbered in style, it could have gotten even better.

Norway scored in their first two World Cup matches, but did not score in nearly an hour of playing with another player on the ice.

Tuesday’s match started well with a Norwegian side full of confidence, but they were soon punished by the efficient Slovakians. Marek Hrevik made it 1-0 fairly easily on the team’s first real chance after just four minutes.

Henrik Hockland, who took over from Jonas Arntzen in the goal, made a brilliant save when Çiliarik came on his own a few minutes later, but Šilarik held on to make it 2-0 in the next attack.

Goal! Vikingstad

Things didn’t quite go Norway’s way in the match, and the team had three great scoring opportunities in the opening period. Among others, Ole Einar Engelland Andersen hit the crossbar.

Then Robert Lantosi was allowed to go unhindered from his own area and easily put it 3-0 behind Haukeland.

Weak period. The players skated badly and we weren’t good enough physically. We also have to be a little more patient with our game, Johansson, the national team manager, explained to the weak period fiablay.

Marcus Vikingstad sparked new hope when he reduced the lead to 1-3 midway through the period after being assisted by Thomas Berg-Poulsen. Although the game became more drawn in the final 40 minutes, another Slovakia goal came towards the end.


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