The Norwegian national team have come out victorious in the Stavanger edition of the Euro Ice Hockey Challenge despite losing a 3-2 shootout decision to Denmark on Saturday night.

Denmark had many of the tournament’s top scorers, including defenseman Jesper B. Jensen, who lead the tournament with four points in three games. Despite that, Norway scored the important first goal of the game. Robin Dahlstrøm only scored one goal in the tournament, but in a game where they needed a point to secure the victory, it sure proved to come at the right time. Denmark would get a mid-second period goal from Mads Christensen to tie it up, giving him his third goal in as many games.

Neither team was able to finish the third period with the advantage, but both still managed to score a goal each. At 5:22 into the period, Daniel Sørvik turned a Mathias Trettenes pass into the go-ahead goal for the Norge. A late power-play goal by Lasse Lassen gave Denmark the tie, forcing the game into overtime. The extra frame meant that Norway had secured the tournament victory, but Lassen still added a shootout goal just to take the bragging rights as Denmark finished with a 3-2 victory.

Despite the loss, Norway had the advantage coming in. The team already had two preliminary round victories to start the tournament, while Denmark lost their first game 4-1 to Latvia. In order for Denmark to win, they would have needed to have won the game in regulation, as well as finishing with the top goal differential.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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