Norway beats Czech Republic in sledge hockey overtime win in first match at Winter Paralympics

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 In the first sledge hockey game of the 2014 Winter Paralympics held earlier today at Shayba Arena at Sochi's Coastal Village Olympic Park, Norway defeated the Czech Republic 2–1 in a shootout win. Norway's Audun Bakke scored the team's only goal in regulation time during the second period. The Czech Republic's Michal Geier scored the equalizer in the third period. Norway scored the only overtime shootout goal.

These Games are only the second ones that the Czech sledge hockey team have participated in, making their debut at the 2010 Winter Paralympics. In contrast, Norway has medalled at every Paralympic Games since the sport was added as a medal sport to the Paralympic program at the 1994 Winter Paralympics. They are the only country to have this accomplishment.

Norway is next scheduled to play Canada tomorrow, and then Sweden on March 11 to complete their games in group play. The Czech Republic is scheduled to play Sweden tomorrow and conclude group play against Canada on March 11.

CZE v NOR 1.jpg The Czech goalkeeper following a shot by the Norwegian team in overtime.
Image: Laura Hale.

CZE v NOR 2.jpg A puck at center ice waiting for a Norwegian player to take it to shoot during the overtime shootout.
Image: Laura Hale.

CZE v NOR 3.jpg The Norwegian team celebrating in front of their net.
Image: Laura Hale.
CZE v NOR 4.jpg Czech fans in the stands.
Image: Laura Hale.
CZE v NOR 5.jpg Norway at center ice saluting the fans following their win.
Image: Laura Hale.



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