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Norway’s ice hockey women squandered a three-goal lead – still took their second win in the World Cup

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Coach André Lysenstøen and his team took a dramatic victory in the WC in Austria on Monday. Photo: Annika Byrde / NTB

Of NTB | 22.04.2024 18:51:18

Sport: Karoline Pedersen, Ingrid Morset and Millie Rose Sirum ensured that Norway led 3-0 already after the first period, but then things turned around in the arena in Klagenfurt. Towards the end of period number two, France scored two reductions, both of which came in excess.

Thus there was tension in the last period, and two minutes before the end Gabrielle de Serres equalised. That, too, came in excess. Norway struggled in their advantage games and at the start of the third period had two more players on the ice for almost two minutes, but there was no result.

As there were no goals in extra time, the match had to be decided on penalties. The penalty shootout went on for a long time, but in the end Norway came out victorious with 5-4 after goalkeeper Ena Nystrøm saved Estelle Duvin’s attempt.

Norway beat host nation Austria 3-2 on Sunday after two goals from Sirum and one from Josefine Biseth Engmann.

Norway meets Hungary on Wednesday. The Hungarians top the table after winning both of their first matches, and they are also without conceding goals. Norway plays against the Netherlands on Friday and South Korea on Saturday.

The two best teams advance to the elite WC in the Czech Republic next year. Norway’s women’s team has not played in the top division in the World Cup since 1997. They have a best of sixth place from 1990 and 1994.

The team with the fewest points after four games is relegated to Group B.

(© NTB)

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