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Austria holds off Norway; gets first victory in men's hockey

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2/16/2014 6:40:37 AM
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Michael Grabner scored two goals and Mathias Lange made 34 saves as Austria held off Norway 3-1 on Sunday for its first victory at the Olympic men's hockey tournament.

Michael Raffl scored in the first period for Austria, which finished third in its group at 1-2. Austria and Norway both lost to Canada and Finland, who met later in the day to decide the group winner.

Grabner, the New York Islanders forward, has five goals in his first three Olympic matches after scoring early and late against Norway. His breakaway goal with 1:37 left secured the victory.

Per-Age Skroder scored and Lars Haugen stopped 24 shots for Norway, which hasn't won an Olympic hockey game since its home Lillehammer Games in 1994.

Lange got his first start in place of Bernhard Starkbaum after Austria yielded 14 goals in its first two games at the Olympics.

Lange was solid, and he got more than enough offense from Grabner, who had a hat trick in his first Olympic appearance against Finland three days ago.

Norway launched 17 shots in the first period, but Austria went ahead less than five minutes in when Thomas Pock threaded a clever cross-ice pass to Grabner, who tipped it home.

During a power play just 2:25 later, Raffl walked in untouched from the corner and beat Haugen in front for his first goal in Sochi.

Norway failed to score during 73 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage later in the first period, but Skroder trimmed the lead in the second period with a one-timer in front of Lange on a slick pass from Patrick Thoresen.

Norway pressed in the third period, but Lange was solid until Daniel Welser found Grabner behind the defense for his second goal.

Lars Haugen - Norway (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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