Game Summary
Norway 8 - Japan 3
 

PEDERSEN’S HAT TRICK LEADS NORWAY TO THIRD PLACE WITH WIN OVER JAPAN

CALGARY, Alta. – Rolf Pedersen scored a hat trick and added an assist to lead the offence as Norway claimed third place in the preliminary round at the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge with an 8-3 win over Japan on Wednesday afternoon.

The victory means Norway will play the loser of Wednesday night’s Canada-U.S. game in one Thursday semifinal, while Japan will take on the winner in the other final four match-up. Game times will be finalized following the end of preliminary round action.

Pedersen’s fourth career WSHC hat trick paced a balanced Norwegian offence, which got goals from five different players. Stig Tore Svee scored once and added two assists, Morton Vaernes had a pair of goals and Ole Bjarte Austvoll and Magnus Bøgle also found the back of the net for the Norwegians. Thomas Jacobsen pitched in with three assists.

Daisuke Uehara, Satoru Sudo and Kazuhiro Takahashi scored goals for the Japanese, who fought back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits before Pedersen and Svee scored 44 seconds apart to give Norway the lead for good early in the second period.

Norwegian netminder Kjell Christian Hamar and Japanese counterpart Shinobu Fukushima each made 12 saves as Norway held a 20-15 advantage in shots on goal.


Game Information
Game Number 5 Round Round Robin
Arena Markin MacPhail Centre - Rink A City, Country Calgary, Alta.
Month / Day / Year 11/30/2011 Time 12:00 PM MT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Norway (NOR) 2 3 3 8
Japan (JPN) 1 1 1 3

Goals/Penalties
First Period
Goals:
   00:45 NOR 21 Ole Bjarte Austvoll 
   08:41 JPN 32 Daisuke Uehara (55 Kazuhiro Takahashi)
   11:42 NOR 3 Rolf Einar Pedersen (8 Stig Tore Svee)

Penalties:
   04:44 JPN 25 Eiji Misawa (Holding)
   13:16 JPN 55 Kazuhiro Takahashi (Interference)
   15:29 NOR 7 Eskil Hagen (Teeing)

Second Period
Goals:
   03:16 JPN 24 Satoru Sudo (13 Mamoru Yoshikawa, 10 Takayuki Endo) PP
   03:35 NOR 3 Rolf Einar Pedersen 
   04:19 NOR 8 Stig Tore Svee  PP
   10:43 NOR 3 Rolf Einar Pedersen (85 Thomas Jacobsen)

Penalties:
   02:47 NOR 13 Martin Hamre (Too Many Men)
   03:55 JPN 27 Mikio Annaka (Holding)
   06:17 NOR 85 Thomas Jacobsen (Boarding)
   15:14 JPN 27 Mikio Annaka (10-Minute Misconduct)
   15:14 JPN 27 Mikio Annaka (Checking from Behind)

Third Period
Goals:
   00:52 JPN 55 Kazuhiro Takahashi (32 Daisuke Uehara)
   16:03 NOR 12 Magnus Bøgle (3 Rolf Einar Pedersen, 8 Stig Tore Svee)
   18:58 NOR 9 Morten Vaernes (85 Thomas Jacobsen)
   19:55 NOR 9 Morten Vaernes (85 Thomas Jacobsen)

Penalties:
   04:57 NOR 13 Martin Hamre (Holding)
   14:10 JPN 27 Mikio Annaka (Teeing)


Goaltenders
Norway
18 Kjell Christian Hamar On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
Japan
21 Shinobu Fukushima On 1/00:00 Off 3/18:35
21 Shinobu Fukushima On 3/18:59 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Norway 6 7 7 20
Japan 5 7 3 15

Player of the Game
Norway 32 Daisuke Uehara
Japan 21 Ole Bjarte Austvoll
Officials
Referee Kevin Webinger
Lines People Steve Cochrane, Sean Donnelly