Norwegian spirits were soaring on the ice in Moscow this week, after Norway’s national team scored another, and important, victory at the Ice Hockey World Championships. They beat Kazakhstan by a score of 4-2, aided by one of their biggest stars, Mats Zuccarello, who just ended a great season playing for the New York Rangers.
The championship tournament that started off poorly with a humiliating loss to Denmark last weekend has suddenly become lots of fun. “We’re having so much fun together,” player Mathis Olimb told newspaper Aftenposten. He was among those scoring once again for Norway along with his brother Ken André, both of whom will play for Linköping in Sweden next season.
Zuccarello also scored his first goal in championship play Tuesday night, as did 19-year-old rookie Johannes Johannessen. Zuccarello called the match against Kazakhstan “the best” so far for Norway, and it renewed hopes for a spot in the quarter finals. More tough matches loom, however, with the Norwegians up against the Czech Republic on Thursday, Sweden on Saturday and Russia on Monday.