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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