MOSCOW, May 17. /TASS/. The Norwegian national ice hockey team completed their group stage run at the 2016 IIHF World Championship with 3-1 victory over team Latvia in Moscow on late Tuesday afternoon.
Both teams did not earn enough points in their previously played six matches of round-robin stage to advance to the playoffs round and started Tuesday’s match with Latvia in 6th and Norway in 7th place of their Group A.
Latvia opened the score in the middle of the opening period with a goal from forward Miks Indrasis. But going into 17th minute of the period Norway’s Ken Andre Olimb tied the score at 1-1, which remained unchanged until both teams retreated for the break.
Norway stormed Latvia in the next period scoring two goals within 20 seconds of the opening minute. Although Latvia repeatedly attacked the goal of the Norwegian squad, it remained cemented for the rest of the second period and the third period as well.
With 3-1 flashing on the scoreboard at the final siren of the match, the Norwegian team’s victory earned the final spot in the table of the group stage in line 6, while Latvia was moved lower to 7th place.
The matches of the 2016 IIHF World Championship are held in the Russian capital of Moscow and in the country’s second largest city of St. Petersburg between May 6 and 22. A total of 16 national teams, qualified to play in the 2016 IIHF World Championship, were divided into two groups.
The 12,000-seat VTB Ice Palace in Moscow hosts the matches of Group A, which comprise the teams from Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Latvia, Norway, Denmark and Kazakhstan.