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Norway men’s hockey upsets Canada in shootout at world championships

Canada's Tyler Toffoli (left) and Norway's Mathias Trettenes battled for position in Riga, Latvia.Roman Koksarov/Associated Press

RIGA, Latvia — Norway stunned Canada, 3-2, in a shootout and handed the favorite a second straight defeat at the men’s hockey world championship on Monday.

It was only Canada’s second loss to Norway in tournament history; the other was in 2000.

Thomas Olsen converted the decisive shootout goal for Norway.

Canada pulled goaltender Joel Hofer for an extra attacker with the score 2-1 and Lawson Crouse tied it with 12 seconds remaining in regulation.

Earlier, Norway built a two-goal advantage through Andreas Martinsen and Sondre Olden. Canada answered thanks to Milan Lucic midway through the middle period.

Canada also lost to Switzerland, 3-2, on Saturday, and remained third in Group B, a point behind the Czech Republic. Norway was sixth and had no chance of advancing to the quarterfinals.


In Tampere, Finland, Sweden recovered from a goal down to defeat Denmark, 4-1.

Nicklas Jensen put Denmark ahead but Sweden replied with four straight goals from Dennis Everberg, Andre Petersson, Lucas Raymond, and Carl Grundstrom.

Sweden remained second in Group A, trailing the United States by a point. Denmark was fifth.

Later Monday, Austria prevailed in a shootout over Hungary, 4-3, in a match of the two bottom teams in Group A. As a result, Hungary will be relegated after one season in the top division.

Also, Kazakhstan defeated Slovenia, 4-3, in Group B.