Norway 3, Austria 1
LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) _ Norway’s hockey team beat Austria 3-1 Thursday to avoid a winless Olympics and escape a last-place finish in the 12-team tournament.
The host team dominated the seemingly demoralized Austrians, who lost a consolation game to France in a penalty shootout Tuesday after a judge’s review of video replays resulted in a two-goal swing against them.
Norway entered the game for 11th place with an 0-6 record and had been outscored 25-8.
The Norwegians outshot Austria 26-19, including 13-3 in the first period, but had trouble putting the puck in the net despite eight power plays.
Austria only came alive in the final seven minutes of the game, repeatedly threatening after getting its lone goal to trail 2-1. Its hopes ended when Werner Kerth and teammate Herbert Hohenberger went off with Norway’s Vegar Barlie for roughing with 1:27 left.
Ole Eskild Dahlstrom finished off the Austrians with an empty-net goal with seven seconds remaining.
Before its final flurry, Austria, which finished the tournament 1-6, rarely created any offense, spending much of its time killing off minor penalties, including a bench minor for delay of game at the start of the second period when they were late coming out of the locker room.
Espen Knutsen scored for Norway at 5:40 of the first period, intercepting an errant clearing pass and firing a slapshot low to the far corner.
Roy Einar Johansen made it 2-0 with 38 seconds left in the second period, splitting two defenders and putting a backhander through the legs of Austrian goalkeeper Brian Stankiewicz.
Norway’s goalie, Jim Marthinsen, lost his shutout with 6:54 to play when Gerhard Puschnik skated around the back of the net and passed across the crease to Andreas Puschnik, who stuffed the puck into an open net.
Austria’s only victory was a 4-2 win over Norway in the preliminary round.