Former IceHog Mathis Olimb is legitimately determined to make us all both very proud of him and infinitely sad that heâ€™ll be headed back to Elitserien next season. When Norway played Switzerland yesterday, Olimb was a large part of their strong, energetic play. The Norway we saw defeat Tre Kronor in their opening game made a comebackâ€”and they were incredibly hungry from the very beginning, with defenseman Jonas Holos getting a goal and an assist in the first period to put his team up 2-0. He summed up the first twenty minutes of this game very well: “I think we played a great first period. We did everything. We blocked shots. We killed penalties. That’s why we won today.â€
Not to take credit away from Norway, because they certainly did play a very good game, but this win was also definitely thanks to how sluggish Switzerland looked out there. The first period was pretty boring as Norway dominated, and even though Switzerland scored the only goal in the second period and cut the lead in half, there didnâ€™t seem to be a whole lot of urgency. Norway went up 3-1 early in the third period, and not even that spurred Switzerland to try harder. Their second goal seemed like a good moment for them to try and get the game back, with eight minutes to go and the possibility of tying the game and heading to overtime, but there wasnâ€™t enough pressure from Switzerland and the final score was a frustrating 3-2.
Norway will be playing Canada tomorrow as they continue the Qualification Round. (iihf.com)
Speaking of Canada, they just got their first lead of the game against the United States on a power play goal by Jason Spezza. Itâ€™s been a really good game and Iâ€™ve gotten to watch all of it and discuss it with a few others, so expect a recap later today! I will also be watching/covering the much-awaited matchup between Slovakia and the Czech Republic, which will start at 1:00PM CDT for those of you interested in watching.
Good luck to all of our boys playing today, and stay tuned for more Worlds coverage!