Just hours after Latvia pulled off the incredible 2-1 victory over Switzerland, Norway recorded their first win of the tournament after shocking the Slovaks 3-2 on Wendesday.
While Sweden was putting on a clinic against Canada in the first period over in Prague, the Slovaks were finally able to score the first period for the first time in this tournament. All tournament long, the team has really struggled to find any offense, having not scored a goal in the first 40 minutes in any of the previous three games. The first period almost went without a goal until former Pittsburgh Penguin Tomas Surovy picked up a rebound goal on the power-play with two minutes to go, capitalizing on the man advantage to make it 1-0 Slovakia.
To the excitement of the Slovak fans in Ostrava, the team in blue would be able to grab the 2-0 lead for the first time all tournament long. Marek Daloga would get credit for the second goal, taking a shot from far out that may have got tipped along the way, but still went over Lars Haugen for the two goal advantage with 21 minutes completed in the battle.
Norway would eventually put up a goal of their own. The team hadn’t scored in four periods, and while the Slovaks had done a good job of limiting their opponents’ chances, Norway would finally cut the lead in half. This time, it was Mattias Nørstebø’s point shot that would hit off the post and land in the back of the net, beating Jan Laco to make it 2-1.
Norway’s comeback attempt would live on. With five minutes left in the middle stanza, Morten Ask’s shot would get tipped past Laco by Mats Rosseli Olsen for the 2-2 goal, giving Norway the chance to steal their first victory of the tournament heading into the third period.
Norway would finish the comeback just two minutes into the third. After scoring his first ever World Championship goal in the second, Nørstebø would score his second of the night after another point shot sizzled past everybody in front.
With everything going wrong for the Slovaks, losing their best player likely wasn’t in their game plan. Unfortunately for them, Andrej Meszároš, who has three goals so far in this tournament, was given a game misconduct after using the butt-end of his stick to spear Anders Bastiansen in the stomach. The penalty would negate any real chance of the Norge coming back in the contest, dropping a 3-2 decision for one of the biggest upsets of the World’s this year.
The victory now gives Norway a bit of breathing room, overcoming both Slovenia and Denmark to take 6th place in Group B with three points. Slovakia will stay tied for third in the group, but with Belarus and Finland breathing down their necks, the loss was definitely not something they were looking forward too.
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