Norway’s national ice hockey team may be over the worst at the World Championships in the Czech Republic, after losing its first three matches in a row, crowned by a crushing loss to Finland Monday night. The tournament can hardly get any worse, after the Norwegians had to face three of the best teams in the world, right from the start.
As newspaper Aftenposten reported, few expected that Norway would score any points in the match against Finland and even fewer thought Norway could win. Finland is ranked as the world’s best hockey nation by the international ice hockey federation. Norway is 10th.
The final score of 5-0, though, was a major defeat and too many of Norway’s players wound up in the penalty box. Finland exploited that to its best advantage, and dominated the match.
The Norwegians now may have the worst behind them, following their losses to Russia and the US over the weekend. They now face upcoming matches against Slovakia, Slovenia, Denmark and Belarus during the next week, in the qualification round for the quarter finals.