Austria defeated Norway 3-1 to record their first win of the Sochi 2014 games.
Sport: Men’s ice hockey
Score: Austria 3 Norway 1
The game started with Austrian captain Vanek being penalised for a high stick. Norway could not capitalise, and it was Austria who had the best chance during this period. Grabner was presented with a one on one situation, Haugen making the save with only two and a half minutes on the clock.
Austria then took the lead on 4:27. A counter attacking play saw the puck fly across goal, and Grabner expertly finished to get his fourth goal of the tournament. It would only get better for Austria on 6:52. Raffl scored from a seemingly unlikely position, scoring with a wraparound effort to double the Austrian advantage.
They then had to see out a double powerplay, before finally hitting the post with two minutes of the period left to play. Norway had 17 shots in the opening period, a misleading statistic.
Norway came out stronger in the second and they were rewarded for their positive approach was rewarded when they scored with 08:05 on the clock. Skroder fluffed his first opportunity, but received the puck straight back, making no mistake this time from two yards out. Austria then had a double chance with seven minutes left. Vanek’s shot striking the post, before Lebler tried his luck, his effort hitting the bar. The period ended at 2-1, Norway having clawed their way back into the game.
It was much of the same in the final period, and Austria eventually sealed the game to record their first win of the Sochi 2014 games. Grabner got the goal with little over a minute and a half remaining to confirm the victory, his fifth in two games.
In the 5th-8th placement game, Finland defeated Germany by two goals to one. Hiiriskoski and Karvinen put Finland 2-0 up in the first period. Evers grabbed a lifeline in the second, but Finland saw out the game.