Pity! Austria’s national ice hockey team suffered a 3:5 defeat against Norway at the World Championships in Finland. After the sensational point win against the USA and the equally unbelievable victory after a penalty shoot-out against the Czech Republic, Roger Bader’s team wanted to win again against Norway. But in the end the Norwegians got the upper hand. Austria has thus arrived in the relegation vortex. The duel against the Scandinavians was the first key duel in the fight for relegation. In the table, the ÖEHV selection is now behind Norway.
Austria was able to score three times in the person of Dominique Heinrich (7th), Lukas Haudum (27th) and Peter Schneider (57th). But those goals were not enough to defeat Norway for the first time since the 1999 World Cup. Twice Mats Rosseli Olsen (8th/SH, 48th/PP2), Andreas Martinsen (21st), Martin Roymark (32nd) and Martin Ronnild (60th/EN) secured three for the Norwegians, who have always played in Group A since 2006 Points and therefore good chances of staying up.
This time Austria played again with David Kickert in goal. In addition, captain Thomas Raffl, who was rested against the Czech Republic, was back in action. The start went as desired. Heinrich scored in the power play to make it 1-0. In the tight game that was expected, the shot backfired in the immediate majority game. After a poor Raffl pass, Rosseli Olsen completed the counterattack to equalize.
At the beginning of the middle period, Norway took the lead for the first time. Martinsen scored from an acute angle in an Austrian penalty that was about to end. After a video check, the goal counted as a possible goalkeeper obstruction.
However, Austria managed to equalize through Haudum. However, Norway quickly found an answer. With six outfield players and a penalty, Roymark scored to make it 3-2, not least because Kickert had lost his racquet. In the final third, Rosseli Olsen took advantage of a double advantage, Austria came back through Schneider, but the equalizer was no longer possible. Ronnild got the final score into the empty goal.
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Austria now has a day off. After that, Latvia (Friday, 7.20 p.m.) and Finland on Saturday at 3.20 p.m. will be waiting in the third double. On Monday at 7.20 p.m. there will be an absolute showdown against Great Britain for the ticket to the 2023 World Cup.