The 2014 Sochi Olympics have not been very kind to the Men’s Ice Hockey Team from Norway. They lost to Team Canada in the first game of the tournament and were later rocked by Team Finland, but when Team Austria faced off against them, they did not hold back. Austria, whom were also dominated by Canada and Finland, were determined to finally get a win during this competition, and they achieved that when they edged Team Norway 3-1 on Sunday morning.
Austria was successful largely in part due to New York Islanders‘ Michael Grabner‘s ability to get them on the scoreboard. He has five goals in the tournament already and has been playing well with Philadelphia Flyers‘ Michael Raffl. Grabner started things off by scoring the first goal of the game against Norway, and set the tone for how the rest of the game was going to be played.
The pair of Raffl and Grabner played off each other well in this game, as Grabner got the assist on Raffl’s power play goal. Raffl has certainly displayed his consistency in the tournament and he is definitely learning a lot from his teammate, or so it seems, since his own goal followed Grabner’s by a mere few minutes. Although the team has only this one win, these are the two players that their opponents need to be on alert about.
This victory was important for Austria, because it was their first win of the tournament. It also means they advance to the qualifications round to play Team Switzerland to battle for a spot in the quarterfinals. Norway will also advance to the qualifications, but will be matched up against the Team Czech Republic.