United States claim fourth consecutive victory in world hockey, beating Norway 2-1
RIGA, Latvia (AP) – Tage Thompson netted a goal and an assist and the United States won their fourth straight game at the World Hockey Championship, beating Norway 2-1 on Saturday.
Jake Oettinger made 22 saves and Conor Garland also scored. The Americans are second in Group B, one point behind Finland – which beat the United States in the opener – with two games to go. The top four teams from each group will advance to the quarter-finals.
“We came to the end of the phone, and a good push from Norway,” said Thompson. “Our expectation is gold, you expect nothing less. This is what we came here for.
Ken Andre Olimb scored for Norway.
Finland beat fourth-German Germany 2-1 with Arttu Ruotsalainen breaking the tie midway through the third period.
Also in Group B, Roman Starchenko scored two goals and three assists in Kazakhstan’s 11-3 win over Italy.
Russia and Slovakia each won to stay tied for the top of Group A.
Sergei Tolchinski netted a goal and an assist in the third period in Russia’s 4-1 win over Switzerland, and Julius Hudacek made 24 saves in Slovakia’s 2-0 win over Denmark.
Additionally, Libor Sulak scored twice in the Czech Republic’s 2-1 win over Great Britain.