Canadian star forward Joel Ward had two goals in Canada’s 3-2 victory over Norway during the early morning game on Tuesday.

Canada dominated the pressure for much of the game, but it would be the Norwegian’s that would strike first. Norway’s captain Anders Bastiansen struck gold 13 minutes into the opening frame after winning the puck race following a face-off, lifting a backhanded shot past James Reimer to make it 1-0. A minute and a half later, Kevin Bieksa thought he had the game tying goal, but it was ruled a no goal due to a player standing in the crease.

According to the IIHF Rule Book, rule 471, goals shall not be allowed i.e. when goalkeeper interference is taking place. In particular:

471.8 “No goal shall be allowed where an attacking player enters or takes a position within the goal crease, so as to obstruct the goalkeeper’s vision and impair his ability to defend his goal net and a goal is scored.”

Canada wouldn’t let that derail their chances. After failing to score on multiple power-play chances in the first, Canada scored to make it 1-1 when Joel Ward deflected a slap shot from Ryan Ellis through goaltender Steffen Soberg’s five-hole.

Norway would regain the lead. Twelve minutes into the second, Mads Hansen raced in on a breakaway and beat Reimer high over the glove with an easy shot that gave them the 2-1 lead. The lead wouldn’t last, as four minutes later, Mark Scheifele beat Soberg on a rebound attempt to tie it up at two apiece.

Canada would get their third and final goal of the game in the final twenty minutes. Joel Ward would finally put Canada ahead for the first time all game after a nice pass from behind the net by Jonathan Huberdeau. The lead would come at a very important time, as they managed to hold on for the remainder of the game after out-shooting Norway by a total of 42-16.

With the win, Canada will face either Finland or Latvia on Thursday in the quarter-finals, depending on the outcome of Latvia’s game against the Swiss on Tuesday.

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