U.S. reaches second round at worlds
KOSICE, Slovakia -- Nick Palmieri scored twice and the United States scored four third-period goals to beat Norway 4-2 on Monday and advance to the second round of the ice hockey world championship.
Norway took a 2-0 lead with goals 73 seconds apart from Ken Andre Climb and Anders Bastiansen in the first period.
"Norway's a good team," Palmieri said. "They came out strong and we were sitting back little bit at the beginning, but we realized that we had to change the momentum a little bit and during the second period we started to play a lot better."
The Slovak Interior Ministry said security had been stepped up around the U.S. embassy in Bratislava and the American team in Kosice following the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
The American players said their focus remained solely on the tournament.
"Every game for us is emotional," U.S. captain Mark Stuart said. "Playing for our country every game is big and emotional. Nothing's changed for us. Our emotion level is pretty high to start with."
"We're just here to play hockey," forward Derek Stepan added. "We're just trying to have some fun."
Craig Smith finished the scoring with a power-play goal to put away the Norwegians, who stunned Sweden in their first game.
"We didn't come out for the start the way we wanted to," Stuart said. "But we came back and played pretty well in the second half of the game."
The U.S. outshot Norway 49-15 and will face Sweden in its final Group C match on Wednesday.
In Group D in Bratislava, defending champion Czech Republic also advanced by cruising past Denmark 6-0 while Finland edged Latvia 3-2 after a penalty shootout to make the next round.
Sweden got its first victory by beating Austria 3-0 in Kosice.
Finland needed a late goal from Niko Kapanen to force overtime. In the shootout, Finnish goalie Teemu Lassila saved the first two Latvian attempts while Jarkko Immonen and captain Mikko Koivu both converted.
Niklas Persson scored twice and Magnus Paajarvi added another goal to help Sweden rebound from the loss to Norway.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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