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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