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Thomas Olsen (right, in white) and Norway defeated Great Britain and goalie Jackson Whistle (left). © ANSA / MARTIN DIVISEK

Norway shoots the British into the second division

Now the first of two relegations at the Ice Hockey World Cup in the Czech Republic has been determined. It is the British who have to go straight back into Division IA. In addition, a top nation secured first place in its group.

Now it's official: Great Britain will be relegated from the A World Cup and will face Italy again at the Division IA World Cup next year. The British suffered a 2:5 defeat against Norway in the decisive game. The Scandinavians remain in class, but the knockout phase is no longer achievable - it was Norway's last game at this World Cup.

Norway got off to a flying start on Whit Monday and was already 3-0 up after just over twelve minutes. Vikingstad (5th), Thoresen (7th) and Bakke Olsen (13th) scored the goals. In the second third, Brandsegg-Nygard increased the lead to 4-0 (22nd), before former Pustertal crack Brett Perlini made it 1-4 (25th). Another goal from Bakke Olsen in the final third finally sealed the fate of the British (45th). Betteridge fixed the final score at 2:5.

Sweden in first place

Co-favorites Sweden secured first place in Group B in the parallel game. The Northern Europeans beat France 3-1 and are now five points ahead of the USA with one game left. The Swedes' goals were scored by NHL stars Lucas Raymond (29th, Detroit Red Wings), Erik Karlsson (42nd, Pittsburgh Penguins) and Andre Burakovsky (60th, Seattle Kraken). Charles Bertrand scored the only French goal in this game (30th).

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