U.S. Men’s Hockey Team Thrashes Norway

Team USA has bettered its showing in the Turin Games four years ago by winning its second match in the group stage of the Vancouver Olympics‘ men’s hockey competition. The Americans, who won only a single match four years ago, banked on a third-period surge to pummel Norway, 6-1, and improve their chances of getting an automatic spot in the quarterfinals.

Brian Rafalski of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the final three minutes of the match, while Phil Kessel, Chris Drury, Patrick Kane, Ryan Malone delivered a goal each to help secure Team USA’s second win in two matches.

However, the Americans may not have time to celebrate their victory, as they are set to take on what could be their biggest test on Sunday, when they meet Canada—the favorite to win the gold medal.

Marius Holtet sneaked in a goal against American goalie Ryan Miller in the second period to give Norway its first goal in the tournament. The Norwegians were blanked by the Canadians in their opening match, 0-8.