Norway tops Canada in shootout at hockey worlds

RIGA, Latvia — Norway stunned Canada 3-2 in a shootout and handed the favorite a second straight defeat at the ice hockey world championship on Monday.

It was only Canada’s second loss to Norway in tournament history; the other was in 2000.

Thomas Olsen converted the decisive shootout goal for Norway.

Canada pulled goaltender Joel Hofer for an extra attacker when its was down 2-1, and Lawson Crouse tied it at 2 with 12 seconds remaining in regulation.

Earlier, Norway built a two-goal advantage through Andreas Martinsen and Sondre Olden. Canada answered thanks to Milan Lucic midway through the middle period.

Canada also lost to Switzerland 3-2 on Saturday, and remained third in Group B, one point behind the Czech Republic. Norway was sixth and had no chance of advancing to the quarterfinals.

In the Finnish city of Tampere, Sweden recovered from a goal down to defeat Denmark 4-1.

Nicklas Jensen put Denmark ahead, but Sweden replied with four straight goals from Dennis Everberg, Andre Petersson, Lucas Raymond and Carl Grundstrom.

Sweden remained second in Group A, trailing leader the United States by a point. Denmark was fifth.

Later Monday, Austria prevailed in a shootout over Hungary 4-3 in a match of the two bottom teams in Group A. As a result, Hungary will be relegated after one season in the top division.

Also, Kazakhstan defeated Slovenia 4-3 in Group B.