Finns clobber Norway in men's hockey

The Sports NetworkFebruary 14, 2014 

Sochi, Russia ( - Lauri Korpikoski scored a pair of goals to lift Finland over Norway, 6-1, in the preliminary round of the men's Olympic hockey tournament.

Olli Jokinen added a goal and an assist for the Finns, who improved to 2-0 in group play and will next face the undefeated Canadians on Sunday for the top spot in Group B. Canada, the defending Olympic champions, defeated Austria, 6-0, on Friday.

Per-Age Skroder scored for Norway, which has lost both of its games and will try to salvage a win on Sunday against Austria.

The Finns took control right away. Teemu Selanne scored on a wrist shot from the slot, beating Norway goaltender Lars Haugen glove-side just 5:46 into the contest. It was his 21st career goal in his six Olympic Games.

Just 1:05 later, Korpikoski gave Finland a 2-0 lead, putting home the rebound of a Jokinen shot.

Jori Lehtera then sent the Finns into the intermission with a 3-0 lead after he carried the puck into the offensive zone and beat Haugen with a wrister from the high slot.

Both Selanne's and Lehtera's shots were unscreened. Haugen was lifted after the first period, but it didn't matter for Norway.

Korpikoski greeted new goaltender Lars Volden with his second goal of the game 8:03 into the second period.

Jokinen then scored on a wrister from the right circle with 8:34 left in the second for a 5-0 cushion.

Norway got on the board early in the third. With a 5-on-3 advantage, Skroder wristed home a shot top shelf just 1:01 into the period to avoid the shutout.

Olli Maata rounded out the scoring, tallying his second goal of the tournament with 2:19 left. He also notched a pair of assists.

Finland's Kari Lehtonen made 20 saves and was credited with two assists as his country has outscored opponents 14-5 through two games.

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