Riga Taj Thompson scored and assisted, with the United States winning the fourth match of the World Hockey Championship and beating Norway 2: 1 on Saturday.
Jake Yudinger made 22 interceptions and Connor Carland also scored. The Americans are second in the group, one point behind Finland – who beat the United States in the opening game – with two matches. The top four teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals.
“We finally got to the wire and got a good dose from Norway,” Thompson said. “Our expectations are gold. Don’t expect anything less than this. That’s why we came.”
Ken Andre won the Olympics for Norway.
Finland beat fourth-placed Germany 2: 1, beating Arto Rotschalinen in the middle of the third game.
Roman Starshenko scored twice in the group and provided three assists in Italy’s victory over Kazakhstan 11: 3.
Russia and Slovakia won to top Group A.
Sergei Tolkinsky scored a goal and assisted Russia in the third half with a 4: 1 victory over Switzerland, while Julius Hodak saved 24 times in Slovakia’s 2-0 win over Denmark.
Leopard Solak scored twice in the 2: 1 victory over Britain in the Czech Republic.
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