NORWAY (3) VS. SLOVENIA (1)
Three power-play goals powered Norway (2-0-0-3) to a 3-1 victory over Slovenia (0-0-0-5) at CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Patrick Thoresen struck first for Norway at 8:23 of the first period, giving his squad an early lead.
Slovenia retaliated just 15 seconds into the middle frame, notching the game’s only even-strength tally when Jan Mursak beat Norwegian netminder Lars Haugen with the equalizer.
Anders Bastiansen and Avalanche defensive prospect Jonas Holos each struck on the man advantage later in the second to put the game away for Norway.
Holos finished the game with a goal, an assist, one shot on net and a team-high 23:01 of playing time.
The win effectively eliminated Slovenia from moving on to the second round of the competition.
Norway returns to action against Denmark (0-0-1-3) at 12:15 p.m. MT on Saturday.
CZECH REPUBLIC (4) VS. AUSTRIA (0)
Host team Czech Republic (3-0-1-1) continued to roll at the 2015 IIHF World Championship on Friday, topping Austria (0-1-0-3) 4-0 in a one-sided tilt in front of a raucous crowd at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.
It was a close, scoreless contest after the first period, but three tallies—from Ondrej Nemec, Martin Zatovic and Vladimir Sobotka—in the middle stanza and another—by Jakub Voracek—just seven seconds into the final frame sealed the shutout for the Czechs.
Goaltender Ondrej Pavalec was largely untested in the match, turning aside just 12 shots in all—including only two in the second period—while his Austrian counterpart, Bernhard Starkbaum, faced 38 attempts the other way.
Colorado Avalanche defenseman and Czech alternate captain Jan Hejda assisted on the second marker of the game when he sent a stretch pass from his zone to Zatovic near the Austrian blue line. Hit in stride, Zatovic wheeled in on Starkbaum and buried the puck behind the netminder for the go-ahead goal.
Hejda finished with a plus-3 rating and three shots on net in 13:48 of ice time, playing in his second contest in as many days.
Nemec had another multi-point effort after also helping on Zatovic’s tally.
The Czech Republic plays Germany (1-0-0-3) on Sunday at 8:15 a.m. MT.
USA (1) VS. DENMARK (0)
A goaltending duel at CEZ Arena in Ostrava ended in favor of the Americans as a second-period tally from Brock Nelson proved enough to lift Team USA (4-0-0-1) over Denmark (0-0-1-4).
Nelson’s unassisted marker, at 7:54, came as part of an 18-shot barrage in the middle frame.
Denmark goalkeeper Sebastian Dahm made 40 saves in all, keeping his team alive until the end.
The U.S. played a smothering offensive game however, limiting the Danes to just 21 shots while netminder Connor Hellebuyck did the rest.
Avs D-man Zach Redmond managed one shot in 3:31 of ice time. Prospective rear guard Markus Lauridsen played 3:59 for Denmark.
Team USA faces Slovenia on Sunday at 8:15 a.m. MT. The game will be televised live on NBCSN.