St.Louis Blues prospect Tore Vikingstad of Norway scored the game winner midway through the third period on a pass from Trond Magnussen for Norway`s first major victory over Canada in the World Championships 4-3. Goalie Vidar Wold played superb hockey in shutting down the Canadians.
With it’s only remaining game against Japan, it is possible that Norway could capture first place in Group C thus changing face from past World Championships where they were playing to stay in Group A and in recent years in Group B.
Canada opened the first period with four minutes of solid forechecking, forcing the action in the Norwegian zone. Canada almost scored one minute in but was stopped by goalie Vidar Wold.
The game was extremely physical and usually this type of play frustrates the smaller Norwegian side. This time they survived as Canada piled up the penalty minutes. This proved costly in the end result.
Canada’s head coach, Tom Renney, said: “Our lack of discipline got the best of us tonight. We are the youngest team in the tournament and we played like it.”
When the referee wasn’t blowing the whistle, the players on both sides provided scoring chances throughout the match. Norway who scored first at 2:06 of the second, with Sjur Nilsen and Canada’s Ed Jovanovski chasing the puck towards the Canadian goal. Jovanovski bumped Nilsen in front of the net, with a one handed flick he was able to tap the puck past Freddie Braithwaite.
As the NHL season draws near to the end, the Norwegian Ice Hockey
Associations Season begins it`s final phase tonite with Valerenga of Oslo
taking on Storhamar of Hamar for the National Title. Valerenga knocked off
upstart Frisk-Asker, coached by Serge Boisvert (Canada)… In the other
semi-final series, Storhamar knocked off Trondheim IHK to earn their shot at
the title. Valerenga is the favorite to win the title and repeat as
champions and are lead by former Swedish National Team goalkeeper Åke
Furuset won the 1st division and will return to play in the Elite Series,
Lørenskog will remain in the Elite Series as well. Aker-Majorstua closed out
their season with a 6-7-1 in conference record much in thanks to Radek Vbor
who registered 25 points over the final 5 games. Aker rebounded from a
horrendous 1998-99 lead by their American coach E.Andriopoulos. Aker looks
to be a more physical North American side next season and those interested
please email this author.
In other action the Norwegian 18 year old National Team was announced for
the World Junior B tourney in Riga, Latvia. Norway will play Japan, Denmark
and Italy in the tourney and hopes to return to JR A`s for the 2001 tourney.
Standouts marked with *
Per Marius Olsen Sparta Sarpsborg
Pål Tyrom NTG/Lillehammer
Kim Brandvold NTG/Lillehammer Read more»