Norway’s national ice hockey team was gamely heading out onto the ice again Monday evening at the World Championships in the Czech Republic, after suffering two losses in a row over the weekend. The losses weren’t unexpected.
First came Norway’s loss to Russia as the Norwegians faced the ice hockey powerhouse in its opening match. No once thought Norway could win but the 6-2 score in Russia’s favour amounted to a humiliation. It seemed things couldn’t get much worse when Norway then had to go on to meet the US national team the very next day.
Then the Norwegians regained at least some of their honour, still losing but rather by a less-embarrassing score of 2-1. “We started really well and put pressure on them,” player Ole-Kristian Tollefsen told state broadcaster NRK. “But then we gave away the first 10 minutes of the second period. We got stressed.”
On Monday the Norwegians faced yet another powerful team, Finland, which Norway’s star player Patrick Thoresen described as being “as good as Russia.” The World Championship action is playing out over the next two weeks.