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Solberg scored before hope was dashed – Norway lost 1-4 to Canada in the ice hockey World Cup


Stian Solberg made himself count in Thursday’s game. Here against Denmark recently. Photo: Petr David Josek / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 16.05.2024 22:39:31

Sport: With the defeat, Norway’s hopes of playing in the quarter-finals are far from over.

Norway was without a shot on goal and two behind after two periods, but early in the third period Norway was able to put more pressure on Canada and was immediately rewarded. Back talent Stian Solberg (18) reduced to 1-2 on a pass from Eirik Salsten.

Solberg has previously received a lot of praise for his style of play in the World Cup, and he scored his second goal in the championship on Thursday. A few minutes later, things got worse for the youngster, who hit a wrong pass when Norway were in the lead.

Dylan Cozens punished it hard and made it 3-1.

– It becomes too easy to read. It came just when we had little hope of perhaps getting an equaliser, concluded Viaplay expert Ole Eskild Dahlstrøm.

Brandon Tanev, Andrew Mangipane and Jared McCann also scored for the winning team in Prague.

Norway’s only victory so far came against Denmark.

In Thursday’s match, Norway was missing star Mats Zuccarello. The NHL player is struggling with his body after a long season and has had to sit out two WC matches.

Mathias Emilio Pettersen recently joined the squad and replaced “Zucca” in the first row together with Michael Brandsegg-Nygård and Patrick Thoresen, who played his 100th official international match on Thursday.

Canada came out in the 2nd period with a lot of energy and doubled the lead after two minutes. Mangipane finally had to stand all alone in front of goal and score after a good Canadian attack.

At the start of the third period, it was Norway’s turn to put pressure on the opponent and score, but in the end it went the Canadian way. McCann scored in an open goal on the tamp.

Norway again has matches against Austria (Sunday) and Great Britain (Monday) in the pool play, but even two straight victories will probably not keep them in the hunt for the quarter-finals. Norway is four points behind Finland in fourth place with one game more played. In addition, table five Austria is ahead.

Tanev sent Canada into the lead midway through the first period. He was allowed to stand unmarked in front of the goal and guided the pass from Kaiden Guhle into the goal. Norway was involved, but failed to get the puck on goal.

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