Sweden shatters Norway’s quarter-final dream

Sweden – Norway 7-1

The task of Petter Thoresen’s men is enormous. Without key player Mats Rosseli Olsen, Norway will have to beat Sweden if any hopes of reaching the quarter-finals are alive.

Sweden were the big favorites before the start of the game.

Norway played well in the first half, but in the second half Sweden played with Norway’s best ice hockey player.

It was not a good experience for the Norwegian national team, who could no longer reach the quarter-finals. Sweden, as expected, were much better and won Sunday’s game.

– It’s dour to concede seven goals and only score one. We are some too bad class compared to Sweden today. “They would be too good for us,” said Petter Thoresen after the game.

He is no stranger to admitting that Sweden is better.

– They have skills all over their place. They have better players than us. It’s so easy in this sport. If you meet someone who is better than you, then you have to do a lot of things right to keep the results even better than what we achieved today, he continued.

Not moving

To keep their quarter-final hopes alive, Norway must beat Sweden on Sunday night. Earlier in the day, chances of relegation disappeared, as Latvia turned the game against England and won.

Sweden are all set for the quarter-finals before the game, but which of their top four spots in the group still has a lot to say. Placement determines which team from the other group they meet in the quarter-finals.

The Norwegian points king of the championship, Mats Rosseli Olsen, was injured and did not play against Sweden.

After losing Sunday’s game, Tuesday’s result against the United States will “only” decide whether Norway will be number 5, 6 or 7 in the group.

Norway will still play the A-final at the World Cup after Latvia’s win over England. But Thoresen didn’t realize they were risking relegation when England first took the lead.

– Then I got nervous. Because only when I found out that it was uncertain we would keep the place. I thought the place was safe, but it wasn’t. So I’m very happy that they (Latvia) managed to turn things around and win so that we are still nation A, Thoresen admitted.

– How important is that?

– This is very important for Norwegian hockey, it is an honor to go to the A-WC for Norwegian ice hockey players. “So I’m happy to be able to send them there and be a part of my last World Cup,” said Thoresen.

Thoresen is right

After exactly three minutes of play, Nils man cheered after sending the puck into the net. The manager of the Norwegian national team, Petter Thoresen, immediately realized that the goal should not be approved. He challenged the decision and the judge had to watch the situation on video.

It was a complete mess in front of the Norwegian goal when the man finally sent the puck over the goal line.

CHAOS: This is how the Norway goal looked before Nils man sent the puck into the net. Photo: Maxim Thore / BILDBYRÅN

After a few minutes, the judges decided Thoresen was right. Score not approved. Sweden illegally prevented Norway goalkeeper Jonas Arntzen from doing his job.

Both teams had more chances in the minutes following the decision. Erik Gustafsson tested a shot twice. Emil Bemstrom’s shot was also saved by Arntzen. For Norway, Tobias Fladeby tried his hand.

Sweden gained increasing profits during this period. Arntzen had to act time and time again.

Christian Bull was first in the sending box, tripping.

With a 30-second lead, Sweden scored. This time there was no doubt: the score was approved. Jacob Peterson is the goalscorer.

1-0: Jacob Peterson and his teammates after taking the lead.  Photo: Maxim Thore / BILDBYRÅN

1-0: Jacob Peterson and his teammates after taking the lead. Photo: Maxim Thore / BILDBYRÅN

Joakim Nordström accepts Sweden’s first expulsion. Interference, and thus Norway must play up front.

Michael Haga had a good chance, but failed to get the ball to the line. Before long, a new Swede had to sit for two minutes. Norway were two more people on the ice for the next 36 seconds. Ken André Olimb made a finishing effort, but from an awkward position, sent the ball to the away fans. Sweden refuses to be a minority.

18 seconds before the end of the period, Oskar Lang was sent off for two minutes for tripping.

Score 1-0 when both teams entered the break.

Three fast

Norway started the period in excess, but failed to capitalize on it.

Tobias Fladeby had a shot but it didn’t hit the post.

Sweden played two minutes in extra time after Emil Lilleberg was sent off. Then Arntzen had to take action several times. He took what came from the shot.

With 13 minutes remaining of the period, Norway was again in the minority. Andreas Martinsen got two minutes for tripping.

Once again, Norway conceded a goal in a minority period. William Nylander ensured for himself that Sweden doubled the lead. The shot was well placed in the top corner.

3-0: Jacob Peterson cheers for his second goal.  Photo: Maxim Thore / BILDBYRÅN

3-0: Jacob Peterson cheers for his second goal. Photo: Maxim Thore / BILDBYRÅN

3-0 came a minute later. Arntzen returned a shot to Carl Grundström. Peterson was there again and sent the puck into goal.

3-0: Jonas Arntzen had to desperately see Jacob Peterson's shot go into the net.  Photo: Maxim Thore / BILDBYRÅN

3-0: Jonas Arntzen had to desperately see Jacob Peterson’s shot go into the net. Photo: Maxim Thore / BILDBYRÅN

Norway was dangerous up front after scoring, but it didn’t count. Sweden did it next time. After many shots, Rasmus Asplund got the puck in the net. Bad Norwegian minutes.

With 03.48 remaining, Daniel Rokseth was sent off for hooking.

Then Sweden scored again to take the lead. From a corner, Lucas Wallmark placed the puck well between Arntzen and the post.

Lang was kicked out for two minutes for tripping.

A cruel period for the Norwegian ice hockey masters ended 4-0. Sweden went into the break with a five-goal lead.

Referee Rating

Tobias Fladeby opened the third half by conceding one goal. Fladeby stood in front of goal and was in a match with several players poking the puck over the goal line.

– Nice to score, always hard to get to zero, so a bit of consolation when we lost 7-1, said the goalscorer.

Two minutes later Max Friberg scored. The Swede was safe in front of goal and sent the ball over the line.

Then a strange situation arose. Suddenly the puck was in the Swedish goal. The puck was shot in the foot at the referee who thereby directed it further into the goal. Then the judges have to come out to check if the score should be approved.

SPECIAL SITUATION: Sweden clearly states that the referee's score cannot be approved.  Photo: Maxim Thore / BILDBYRÅN

SPECIAL SITUATION: Sweden clearly states that the referee’s score cannot be approved. Photo: Maxim Thore / BILDBYRÅN

They eventually found that the score should not be approved.

Johannes Johannesen was sent off for two minutes for delaying the game, and then Sweden were back two minutes ahead.

First they hit the post when they had to stand almost without pressure in front of the Norwegian goal and finish, then Asplund hit the net. 7-1.

Sweden chased in the last minute their eighth goal and were very close to success, but it ended 7-1.

Henrietta Fairbank

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