(Riga) Canada were upset in their second game in a row on Monday after going down 3-2 in a shootout against Norway at the Men’s World Hockey Championship.
Thomas Olsen sealed the game after scoring Norway’s fourth in a shootout against Canadian goalkeeper Joel Hofer.
Isak Hansen, Sondre Olden and Mathias Tretenes hit the target on the first three chances in the shootout against Canada, which also suffered Saturday’s loss to Switzerland.
After Jack Quinn failed, Cody Glass and Canada captain Tyler Toffoli kept Canada’s hopes alive after rattling the ropes on second and third attempts, respectively. Norwegian goalkeeper Jonas Arntzen, however, stood in front of Michael Carcone to confirm the Scandinavians’ victory.
Hofer, who played six games with the St. Louis Blues this season, finished with 21 saves to Arntzen’s 31.
It was Norway’s first win at the tournament since winning in 2000.
The Maple Leaf representatives appeared to be heading for a second straight loss as they trailed 2-1 and the final seconds of the third period flew by. But they had not said their last word.
After removing their keeper, the Canadians won the face-off in Norwegian territory, and Carcone passed the puck to Lawson Crouse, alone in the slot, who deftly beat Arntzen with 11.1 seconds left. part.
After a period of overtime that failed to break the deadlock, Olsen played heroes for the Norwegians in the penalty shootout.
Norway’s victory lifted them to sixth place in Group B, while Canada remain in third place with 12 points.
The two countries still have to play one match each in the preliminary phase. Canada will meet the Czech Republic on Tuesday, while Norway will face Slovakia.
In the other game in the morning, Sweden defeated Denmark 4-1. Hungary will meet Austria later today in Group A, while Slovenia will face Kazakhstan in Group B.