Ice Hockey Preliminaries Day 3 and 4 Results at Lillehammer 2016

Ice Hockey Preliminaries Day 3 and 4 Results at Lillehammer 2016

Czech Republic among the women, and the US and Russia among the men continue their strong showing, while hosts Norway struggle on.

The Ice Hockey preliminaries day 3 and 4 results at the ongoing Winter Youth Olympics saw the teams in form extend their momentum. Both the men’s and women’s team of hosts Norway, however, have failed to post a win yet in all three games thus far. The Norwegian men’s team, in particular, is struggling to cope with the strength of the other teams in the tournament and continue to suffer heavy defeats.

Ice Hockey Preliminaries Day 3 results.

Women’s preliminaries.

The Czech women won their second successive game on Sunday, beating Norway 3-0 in the Ice Hockey Preliminaries Day 3. The Norwegian offence struggled to get going throughout the game, having only 8 shots on goal, and fell to a shut-out loss in the end. The Czech on the other hand would be pleased with the manner in which their attack came together in the second period of the match. They scored all three of their goals in quick succession, stunning their opponents and forcing their coach to call a timeout to collect themselves.

Laura Lerchova scored the first from outside the left circle, a shot that Norwegian goalkeeper Mia Christine Isdahl completely missed. Veronika Lorencova scored the second soon after, followed by a shot from the point from captain Magdalena Erbenova to make it 3-0. Norway couldn’t really do anything after that, and their offence would need to start clicking if they are to make any sort of mark in the rest of the games.

Men’s preliminaries.

The Americans powered through an increasingly hapless looking Norwegian team in the men’s game of the Ice Hockey Preliminaries Day 3, shutting them out 8-0. Although Norway started decently, absorbing the initial attacks with some good defensive play, the cracks showed up soon enough. Oliver Wahlstrom scored the first from a cross-crease pass by Tyler Weiss in a power play. Their passing becoming more fluent, the Americans added another two in the first period through Wahlstrom’s second and a shot by Pivonka.

Both Pivonka and Wahlstrom completed hat-tricks in the second period as the US continued attacking in numbers. Pivonka scored his second in the powerplay, and got his third right after an excellent wristshot by Middendorf that sent the puck flying into the top corner. Deboer added the fourth goal and the seventh overall to close a miserable second period for Norway. Wahlstrom rounded off his own hat-trick early in the third period, and the Americans strolled through the rest of the game thereafter.

Ice Hockey Preliminaries Day 4 results.

Women’s preliminaries.

Sweden had to squeeze out another shootout win in their second outing in the tournament against Slovakia. Lina Ljungblom scored for the Swedes halfway through the first period, but the team couldn’t manage to wring out their advantage as Slovakia fought and defended well. They eventually equalised in the second period through Alexandra Cornakova’s goal, but the game drifted after that with neither team creating clear chances. In the eventual shootout, the defending champions faltered early when they missed their first shot and were blocked on their second. Keeper Anna Amholt, however was there to save the day as she stopped all three shots on goal, and Carlsson eventually beat Slovak goalie Lezovicova to snatch a 2-1 victory. The champions would look to post a more convincing win in their next game, after this first win.

In the other game of the women’s preliminaries, Switzerland won their second as they inflicted another loss on the hosts with a 3-1 win. Swiss attacker Enzler set-up captain Ruedi’s shot, and then positioned herself well to tuck in the goal when the puck passed through keeper Nystrom’s legs. Ruedi extended their lead after a relatively quiet second period, before the Norwegian defenceman Jorgenses shot hard from the point to peg one back. The Swiss quickly recovered their lead, though, when Enzler was in the right place again to score her second. The Norwegians must feel frustrated with this third loss, their results not really reflecting their form or their competitive spirit. They have a hard game next, against Sweden on Thursday.

Men’s preliminaries.

In Game 4 of the men’s preliminaries, Canada won convincingly against Finland 5-1, to bounce back from the defeat in their opening game. Dudas opened the scoring early with a goal from a power play, and Conors added a another within seconds for an excellent start. Finland pulled one back within the first from a power play through defenceman Utunen’s well-placed low shot. But they couldn’t really find their rhythm in attack. Canada soon laid into them again with Burzan scoring early in the second. Two goals in the third finished off the Finns, including a good strike from captain Ty Smith from the left circle. Canada controlled the game well through great play in the neutral zone and in defence. Both teams now have tough games coming up, Canada facing the US while Finland square up to Russia.

In Game 5, Russia thrashed Norway 13-1 to prolong the hosts’ miserable run of heavy defeats in the tournament. They were relentless from the get-go, Zhabreyev and Svechnikov scoring twice each in the first period to signal ominous times for Norway. They added another three in the second period with both Zhabreyev and Svechnikov bagging hat-tricks, taking the score up to 7-0. The home crowd showed great spirit, and cheered wildly when early in the third period Pettersen scored Norway’s only goal, and first of the tournament. It offered mere consolation, though, as Russia responded within seconds with their eighth. They would go on to put five more past keeper Hovik in a free-scoring third period, in which Zhabreyev also chalked up his fourth. With a massive 51 shots on goal, the Russian attack was in formidable touch, and they will look to continue in the same vein to the end.
You can check out more details about the events of the Ice Hockey Preliminaries Day 3 and 4 at the Games’ official results page here. Also, key highlights of the events are available at the the official YouTube channel of the Olympics.

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