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Grabner powers Austria past Norway

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Grabner powers Austria past Norway
Austria 3, Norway 1

SOCHI -- Austria coach Emanuel Viveiros decided after two games of trying to find balance against two of the sport's giants that it was time to put his three NHL forwards together against a more equitable level of competition.

It proved a wise decision. New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner scored twice and assisted on the other goal to help Austria defeat Norway 3-1 in a battle of previously winless teams in Group B play.

The win allowed Austria to finish ninth in the preliminary round. They'll next face the eigth-seed, Slovenia, in a qualification-round game Tuesday. The winner of that game will face top-seeded Sweden in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Norway finished 12th and will play fifth-seeded Russia in a qualification game Tuesday. The winner of that game will play No. 4 seed Finland in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

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"This is a lot of fun," said Austria captain Thomas Vanek, a teammate of Grabner with the Islanders. "For a lot of the guys, it is a lot of work to get here. We knew we were going to be outmatched in the first two games but I think the fight and the positive in the room didn't leave and that's my job to keep spirits up and stay positive. … We fought hard and our goalie played great. In the end, I thought we deserved to win."

Goal prevention was a problem for the Austrians in losses to Finland and Canada. Their 14 goals allowed was four more than any other team through two games, but goaltender Mathias Lange made 34 saves to collect the win.

"After two games, we gave up 14 goals so we had to do something with our roster," Viveiros said. "It's not that the other players didn't play well, but we had to shake things up a little bit."

Grabner put Austria in front 4:27 into the first period. Defenseman Thomas Pock sent a pass from the top of the right circle to Grabner, who was cutting toward the net, and he chipped it past Norway goaltender Lars Haugen from the inside of the left circle.

There is more open space to operate on the international ice surface, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's easier for Grabner to exploit it.

"I think it is harder on the big ice," said Grabner, who iced the win by scoring on a breakaway with 1:37 left in regulation. "The d-men stay a little further back, so you have to make up more ground. In the NHL, you take a couple steps and you're behind them."

Philadelphia Flyers forward Michael Raffl scored what proved to be the winning goal at 6:52. Grabner gave the puck to Raffl on the goal line to the right of the net, and he darted to toward the cage unmarked before slipping a shot off the far post and past Haugen for a power-play goal.

At that point, it looked like it would be a long day for the Norwegians, who played well in a 3-1 loss to Canada in their opening game before losing 6-1 to Finland. But Norway regrouped quickly, creating the next 14 shots on goal.

Norway cut the deficit in half at 8:05 of the second period. Per-Age Skroder was alone at the edge of the crease and ex-NHL forward Patrick Thoresen found him from behind the net. Skroder has two of Norway's three goals in the tournament.

Grabner made it five goals in three games and iced the win when he got behind the Norwegian defense for a breakaway and deked past Haugen before sliding the puck into the wide-open net.

Austria and Norway were in the same group at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics; they were winless when they met in the final game of the stage, a contest in the Austrians won. Norway won a rematch during consolation play.

"I think we're all realistic here," Vanek said. "If we draw a big nation, we know we're probably not going to beat them, but why not be positive and give it our best shot?"

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GAME SUMMARY

SCORING
AUT 2 0 1 - 3
NOR 0 1 0 - 1

First Period
1. AUT, Grabner (Pock, Lukas) 4:27
2. AUT, Raffl - PPG (Grabner) 6:52
Penalties - Vanek AUT (roughing) 0:51, Ask NOR (roughing) 5:52, Altmann AUT (slashing) 12:35, Raffl AUT (high sticking) 13:23

Second Period
3. NOR, Skroder (Thoresen) 8:05
Penalties - Zuccarello NOR (hooking) 5:08, Herburger AUT (roughing) 9:40, Olimb NOR (interference) 14:05

Third Period
4. AUT, Grabner (Welser) 18:23
Penalties - Lakos AUT (tripping) 1:08, Thoresen NOR (interference) 1:35, Altmann AUT (tripping) 6:09

SHOTS ON GOAL
AUT 10 10 7 - 27
NOR 17 8 10 - 35

Goaltenders (saves-shots against) - AUT: Lange (W, 34-35); NOR: Haugen (L, 24-27)

Power plays (goals-chances) - AUT: 1-4; NOR: 0-6

Austria
# Forwards Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
40 M. Grabner NYI 6'0" 186 10/5/1987 Villach, AUT
89 R. Herburger 5'10" 165 1/2/1989 Dornbirn, AUT
27 T. Hundertpfund 6'2" 187 12/14/1989 Klagenfurt, AUT
25 M. Iberer 6'2" 201 4/29/1985 Graz, AUT
18 T. Koch 5'8" 174 8/17/1983 Klagenfurt, AUT
15 M. Latusa 5'11" 194 1/23/1984 Wien, AUT
77 B. Lebler 6'3" 212 7/16/1988 Klagenfurt, AUT
14 A. Nodl 6'2" 198 2/28/1987 Vienna, AUT
10 D. Oberkofler 6'0" 163 7/16/1988 Graz, AUT
12 M. Raffl PHI 6'0" 195 12/1/1988 Villach, AUT
5 T. Raffl 6'4" 205 6/19/1986 Villach, AUT
91 O. Setzinger 6'0" 196 7/11/1983 Horn, AUT
26 T. Vanek NYI 6'0" 217 1/19/1984 Vienna, AUT
20 D. Welser 5'11" 187 2/16/1983 Klagenfurt, AUT
# Defense Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
41 M. Altmann 6'4" 207 11/4/1986 Wien, AUT
48 F. Iberer 6'1" 198 12/7/1982 Graz, AUT
64 A. Lakos 6'8" 236 7/29/1979 Wien, AUT
55 R. Lukas 5'10" 185 8/29/1978 Wien, AUT
22 T. Pöck 6'1" 205 12/2/1981 Klagenfurt, AUT
51 M. Trattnig 6'1" 212 4/22/1979 Graz, AUT
7 S. Ulmer 5'10" 165 12/1/1990 Dornbirn, AUT
4 G. Unterluggauer 5'10" 194 8/15/1976 Villach, AUT
# Goalies Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
24 M. Lange 5'10" 181 4/13/1985 Klagenfurt, AUT
29 B. Starkbaum 6'1" 196 2/19/1986 Wien, AUT
30 R. Swette 6'0" 174 8/21/1988 Lustenau, AUT
Norway
# Forwards Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
21 M. Ask 6'1" 201 5/14/1980 Oslo, NOR
20 A. Bastiansen 6'3" 205 10/31/1980 Oslo, NOR
29 R. Dahlstrøm 6'0" 207 1/29/1988 Oslo, NOR
26 K. Forsberg 6'1" 203 5/5/1986 Oslo, NOR
8 M. Hansen 6'1" 194 9/16/1978 Trondheim, NOR
43 F. Lystad Jacobsen 5'11" 190 2/15/1990 Asker, NOR
13 S. Olden 6'4" 194 8/29/1992 Oslo, NOR
40 K. Andre Olimb 5'10" 176 1/21/1989 Oslo, NOR
46 M. Olimb 5'10" 183 2/1/1986 Oslo, NOR
51 M. Rosseli Olsen 5'11" 183 4/29/1991 Oslo, NOR
28 N. Roest 5'9" 176 8/3/1986 Oslo, NOR
22 M. Røymark 6'0" 190 11/10/1986 Oslo, NOR
19 P. Skrøder 5'11" 203 8/4/1978 Sarpsborg, NOR
41 P. Thoresen 5'11" 185 11/7/1983 Hamar, NOR
36 M. Zuccarello NYR 5'7" 179 9/1/1987 Oslo, NOR
# Defense Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
47 A. Bonsaksen 5'11" 183 1/24/1987 Oslo, NOR
6 J. Holøs 5'11" 203 8/27/1987 Sarpsborg, NOR
39 H. Solberg 6'3" 220 4/15/1987 Trondheim, NOR
4 D. Sørvik 6'0" 183 3/11/1990 Oslo, NOR
55 O. Tollefsen 6'2" 209 6/6/1984 Oslo, NOR
23 M. Trygg 5'10" 187 6/1/1976 Oslo, NOR
42 H. Ødegaard 5'10" 187 2/12/1988 Asker, NOR
# Goalies Club HT WT DOB Birthplace
30 L. Haugen 6'0" 183 3/19/1987 Oslo, NOR
70 S. Søberg 5'11" 176 8/6/1993 Oslo, NOR
34 L. Volden 6'3" 201 7/26/1992 Oslo, NOR