Norway’s national hockey team has gone from the proverbial thrill of victory to the agony of defeat again at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Moscow. The Czech Republic proved too powerful for the Norwegians, who lost by a humiliating score of 7-0.
The heavy loss came just two days after Norway beat the strong Swiss team. Their euphoria didn’t last for long when the Czechs all but swept the Norwegians off the ice in Thursday’s semi-final qualifier.
Even Norway’s most famous teammate, Mats Zuccarello, made mistakes, sending the puck to a Czech player 15 seconds before the first period was over. That allowed the Czechs to head into the first break with a 3-0 lead. It should be noted that the Czechs are also beating some of the best national teams on the planet, though, claiming a 3-0 victory over Russia and 4-2 over Sweden.
“We lose as a team and we win as a team,” declared popular coach Roy Johansen. Now they hope to win again but face formidable challenges up against Sweden themselves on Saturday and Russia on Monday.