February 16, 2014 / 10:35 AM / 5 years ago

Austria close out preliminary round with first win

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Austria beat Norway 3-1 to claim their first win of the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition as the preliminary round reached its final stage on Sunday.

Norway's goalie Lars Haugen makes a save on Austria during the first period of their men's preliminary round ice hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

All 12 teams in the men’s tournament will advance out of the round-robin but Sunday’s games will determine the matchups for the first knockout phase.

Michael Grabner scored twice for Austria, bringing his tournament total to five, while Per-Age Skroder had Norway’s goal.

The top finishers in each of the three groups and the team with the best second place record advance directly to the quarter-finals.

The remaining eight teams will play off with the four winners advancing.

Finland and Canada, both with 2-0 records, play later on Sunday to determine top spot in Group B while Austria (1-2) will finish third and winless Norway (0-3) fourth.

Reporting by Steve Keating; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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