Norway turns score around and wins second WFC U19 game vs. Estonia

Image: Adam Troy

Norway has won its second game at the World Floorball Championships U19: Estonia got defeated 8-5.

Both teams won yesterday’s games and are expected to also win tomorrow’s games. With that in mind one could say this was their most important game of the group phase. The teams needed some time to get into the game, but halfway p1 Einamann won a duel with two defenders and got the ball to Unga, who put Estonia in a 0-1 lead. The lead was doubled within a minute by Oun with a far shot. After that Norway managed to score as Baero found the tiny space between goalkeeper Kruusmaa and the post: 1-2. Oun scored again with a great free shot, making the score 1-3. Norway played a 5-vs-3 at the last minute of p1, but didn’t find the net.

While Estonia took the chances they got during p1, Norway was still struggling. This changed slowly during the second period. The team started to play a bit more efficiently and scored 2-3 at 24:18 (Gjodalstuen). Suddenly the chances started coming, which led to the equalizer – although it turned out to be an own goal! The Norwegian got their A game on now and first the first time this game they took the lead: Gjodalstuen scored 4-3, while Estonia was playing powerplay! Close to the end of p2 Norway got a free shot, but waited too long. The referees decided Estonia could take over, which they did in a great way, scoring 4-4. Norway scored once more (Linnes), giving them a 5-4 lead after two periods.

The last period was a close and tight one. Both teams got opportunities to score – but at first only Norway did. At 51:48 they increased their lead to 6-4 when Overeng scored after a wonderful cross pass by Hansen. In the last minutes of the game the crowd finally saw some more goals. In powerplay at 57:11 the Hansen and Overeng repeated themselves: Hansen gave away a great cross pass, Overeng scored his second. At 58:08 Estonia’s Oun completed his hattrick (7-5), after which the team took a time-out right away. Two more minutes followed without Estonian goalkeeper Kruusmaa, but only Norway could profit: 8-5 by Baero (empty net), which was also the final score.

Oun (Estonia) and Hansen (Norway) were chosen as MVP’s.

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