Ice hockey dreams freeze

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Norway’s national hockey team suffered their fourth loss in a row Sunday night, freezing chances to play in the quarter-finals of the world championships in Belarus. The team lost 1-0 against the Czech Republic, after also losing on Saturday against France.

“We weren’t effective and I don’t know why we’re not scoring,” Norwegian player Jonas Holøs told state broadcaster NRK. The championships had started off so well, with two victories in a row against Italy and Denmark, but after that came losses to Sweden and Slovakia last week and now the weekend losses.

The team had especially wanted to win on Saturday, the 17th of May Constitution Day holiday in Norway, but they lost 5-4 to France. The losses have been narrow and experts contend the Norwegians have played well, but that’s little comfort for a national team keen to advance.

Even though their hopes seem dashed for a place in the quarter-finals, the Norwegians still have at least one more match to play, against the powerhouse Canadian team on Tuesday. “It’s looking very tough to go any further, but we’ll give our best shot against Canada, and hope for some help,” said player Anders Bastiansen.

newsinenglish.no staff