Czechoslovakia 10, Norway 1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Czechoslovakia, continuing to rebound from its opening-game loss, beat winless Norway 10-1 on Wednesday to move into the thick of the Olympic medal race.
Since the 2-1 loss to West Germany, the third-seeded Czechoslovaks have stormed back, overcoming two three-goal deficits to defeat the United States 7-5 and then outshot Norway 35-11.
With its next game against Austria, 0-3, Czechoslovakia will be heavily favored to improve its record to 3-1.
Despite outshooting 10th-seeded Norway 14-1 in the first period, Czechoslovakia led only 1-0 on Dusan Pasek’s goal.
The Czechs were just missing on passes in their offensive zone, but the passes began clicking in the second period, when Czechoslovakia scored five goals and outshot Norway 15-3.
First, Jiri Lala stole Age Ellingsen’s pass and fed Jaroslav Benak, whose screened shot beat Norway goalie Jarl Eriksen. Miloslav Horava’s pass set up Pasek’s second goal.
The power-play goal gave Pasek, who is expected to join the NHL’s Minnesota North Stars next season, four goals in the Games.
Nice passes by Oto Hascak and Jiri Hrdina set up goals by Lala and David Volek, sandwiching a solo effort by Jiri Liba for a 6-0 lead after two periods.
Norway, which has four goals in three games, finally scored on Petter Salsten’s power-play goal. Czechoslovakia answered with goals by Hrdina, Antonin Stavjana, Rudolf Suchanek and Petr Vlk.
The second half of the game was marked by several pushing matches, as Norway became increasingly agitated by Czechoslovakia’s on-ice dominance.