With identical 4-0 shutout wins, Slovenia and Russia move on to the next round. Slovenia will play top-ranked Sweden, while the host Russians will match up against Finland.
By Alexander Liepold
SLOVENIA 4, AUSTRIA 0
Slovenia is off to the quarterfinal to face top-seeded Sweden after a 4-0 victory against Austria on Tuesday. Los Angeles King Anze Kopitar scored the winning goal with a power play marker just more than 5 minutes into the game.
Jan Urbas scored a shorthanded goal midway through the first to make it 2-0. Slovenia outshot the Austrians 35-30 with netminder Robert Kristan getting the shutout. Sabahudin Kovacevic and Jan Mursak added insurance markers in the second and third periods.
This is the first time Slovenia’s hockey team has competed in the Olympics. They face Sweden Wednesday at 3 a.m. Eastern.
RUSSIA 4, NORWAY 0
Alexander Radulov scored two goals and added an assist as the host Russian’s beat Norway 4-0 in the qualification round.
Scoreless after the first in which both teams combined for only 13 shots, Radulov opened the scoring 4:12 into the second period. Fellow KHLer Ilya Kovalchuk also scored in the second, while Pavel Datsyuk added three assists. The score remained 2-0 until less than two minutes to go in the game when Radulov and Alexei Tereshchenko added two late goals.
Shots were 30-20 in favor of Russia.
Russia will now face Finland in the quarterfinal at 7:30 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday.
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