Slovenia’s chances at the quarter-finals have officially been dashed as Norway was able to steal another victory with a 3-1 decision on Friday.

While a game between Norway and Slovenia may not seem like one of overall importance, it may have actually been the most important one of the day. Slovenia needed a win to have a chance to give them a chance of avoiding relegation, and with zero points heading in, a victory would give them a two point cushion over the Danes.

The game wouldn’t start in their favour, however. A few days after the Slovenians got burn by late penalties against the Slovaks, Ales Music was given a penalty after an accidental slash on goaltender Lars Haugen. The team was livid about that, as Music was just trying to swipe at the puck that was still active in play. On the ensuing man advantage, Patrick Thoresen would exploit the freebie by tipping in a shot from Mathis Olimb to make it 1-0.

Slovenia would battle back right off the opening draw in the second. 15 seconds into the period, Anze Kopitar sent the puck to a speedy Jan Mursak, who rushed down the wing and blew the puck past Haugen for the 1-1 goal.

Norway would regain the lead with four minutes off the clock. Anders Bastiansen would give the Norge the lead after getting fed a pass in the slot and putting a wrist shot past Robert Kristian, much to the delight of the many Norwegian fans in attendance.

With over a minute to go in the second, Norway would secure the 3-1 lead. The World Championships this year have seen a ton of goals from the point, and Jonas Holos’ slap shot through a screened Kristian helped give his team the two goal advantage heading into the second intermission. It proved to be the final goal of the game, as both teams would hang for a scoreless third to give Norway the 3-1 victory.

Despite the win, Norway will still have to win both games if they want to secure their fate. They’ll return to action tomorrow in a battle against Denmark, a game that should end up positively for the Norge before a meeting on the final day against Belarus on Tuesday. Slovenia’s chances took a massive hit today, as it’s unlikely they’ll be able to defeat the Americans on Sunday before taking on Denmark on Monday.

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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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