Norway narrowly defeats Latvia in crucial group stage game

Norway and Latvia, 2 teams fighting for an anticipated 3rd place in Group A, faced each other in the first game of day 2 at the World Floorball Championships. After a close game Julia Gidske scored the deciding 3-2 goal in the final period.

Unlike their match against the Czech’s yesterday, Latvia didn’t get the start they were looking for. Already after less than a minute, a failed pass was effectively punished by Lena Gillberg who put Norway up in an early lead.

A reply came 6 minutes later when Liga Garklava finished a great counter-attack, just moments after a failed powerplay by the Norwegians. No more than 23 seconds would pass before Norway regained their lead when Tone Einstulen fired off a rocket from her defender position. But once again Latvia put themselves back on even ground, this time through Evelina Garbare on a free-hit.

Despite a dominant 2nd period by Norway, not a single goal was scored. Latvia’s shot stopper Lauma Visnevska had a busy day in the office and had to block 15 shots – Malin Dahler in the Norwegian net could sit back and relax, as she only got 3 shots during the middle period.

The 2-2 scoreline continued as the tension only got bigger and bigger with the clock running toward the 60th minute. It wasn’t until the 51st minute that Julie Gidske, 43 minutes after the last goal, found the game deciding 3-2 goal for her Norway. A desperate Latvia took a timeout and tried 6v5 in the final moments of the game – however to no success, and to the joy on the victorious Norwegians.

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