“We were aiming to reach the playoffs, which we didn’t succeed in,” said Norwegian striker Matthias Tretenis. “But until today we fought for the chance until the end. We want to keep improving and developing as a team.”
The Norwegians needed success after Friday’s win over hosts Latvia 4:3 after separate raids against the Americans, but in the middle of the preliminary segment, opponents displayed a game of strength with bad spin and collected. After a shot from Zach Jones, he succeeded more than twice in front of Henrik Haukeland Garland, who bounced the disc off the back guard after the first inaccurate attempt.
Kevin Rooney could have increased his lead, but he failed. At the end of the first period, the Norwegians did not use the power game. In the 24th minute, Garland got a puck for Hawkland’s goal when Max Krugdahl was sent off, but the referees confirmed in the video that he had taken him there with his hand. At 27:12, after Ryan Donut worked, Thompson got the puck and scored on the second try.
American hockey players tackled the Norwegians and scored their fourth win of the tournament
Sergey GrietsAnd the ČTK / AP
In the 24th minute, Garland got a puck for Hawkland’s goal when Max Krugdahl was sent off, but the referees confirmed in the video that he had taken him there with his hand. At 27:12, after Ryan Donut worked, Thompson got the puck and scored on the second try.
Mats Russelli Olsen could have reduced Matt Roy’s penalty before mid-match, but Oettinger managed to hide his backhand attempt into a trap while lying down. At the end of the second part, the left pole helped the Norwegians after Ronnie’s counterattack.
In the 48th minute, Americans Conor Mackie could have secured the lead, but he hit the post as well. At 54:57, Jake Oettinger lost a clean sheet when Ken André Olimb reached the puck in the left circle and hit the top corner closest to the goal with a backhand. But the favorite defended his narrow lead.
“In the end we made it and we pushed the Norwegians,” Thompson said. “But nothing changes that we came for gold and we don’t want anything less.”
|World Hockey Championship in Riga:|
|Group Two (Arena Riga):|
|Norway – USA 1:2 (0:1, 0:1, 1:0)|
|Goals and Scores: 55. KA Olimb (Rosseli Olsen) – 11. Garland (Z. Jones, T. Thompson), 28. T. Thompson (Donato, M. Roy). Judges: Sternat (Australia), Chirig (Switzerland) – Merten (Germany), Obwegiser (Switzerland). Exclusion: 4: 5. Usage: 0: 1. No spectators.|
|Norway: Haukeland – Lilleberg, Holös, Lesund, Espeland, Kaasastul, Krogdahl, Björgvik Holm – Pettersen, K.A. Olimb, Rosseli Olsen – Haga, Trettenes, T. Lindström – Solem, M. Olimb, Valkvae Olsen – Röytenmristians, Ks. Coach: Peter Thorsen.|
|United States of America: Oettinger-Wolanin, M. Roy, Z. Jones, Tennyson, Ch. Weidmann, Mackie, Klinding, Helixon-Robinson, Rooney, Benners-Donato, Drury, T Thompson-Robertson, T Moore, Garland-Abdulkader, Blackwell, Labbank-B Boyle. Trinier: Jack Capuano.|