On August 28, 2013 at the Shayba Arena in Sochi, the second game day of the International Ice Sledge Hockey Tournament "Four Nations" took place - the last of the Sochi 2014 Olympics Test Events competitive schedule. The tournament is held by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, in conjunction with the International Paralympic Committee and the Russian Paralympic Committee.
In the second game day of the group stage of the competition, two matches were held.
The current world champions Canada defeated Norway — 5:1 (1:1, 3:0, 1:0). In turn, the Czech Republic triumphed over the Russian Team — 2:1 (1:0, 0:1, 0:0, 0:0, 1:0).
Once the games had finished, the tournament participants shared their impressions of past matches and the organization of the tournament.
Rolf Pedersen, Defender (NOR)
On today`s first period:
“Well, we had the good start. We know that Canada is a good team and has many good players, so it was very fast and hard first period, but we managed to get a goal, so we were quite happy.”
On yesterday`s game with Team Russia:
“Oh, you know, the Russian team has become better and better during the last few years. First time we played against Russian team for a couple of years ago, it has been 15:0, so that was on the first game, but they have developed a lot, a lot of training, they have a lot of good players and of course Russia has a great hockey tradition, so it was just a question of time before they get on top of this sport.”
On the venue:
“We enjoyed the arena very much. We enjoy Russian people and hotel, and we are quite happy with the food and everything, so it`s very good to see what you have managed to build here in a short time, so we are very happy to be here.”
Audun Bakke, Forward (NOR):
On today`s game and goal for the tournament:
“Well, we started out pretty good and then we felt down in the middle of the second period. And then they took us. Our goal for this tournament is to get good experience and take it from here.”
On the venue:
“It is very nice here, and the ice is very good.”
On August 29 , in the third round of the group stage, the Czech team will face the Norwegians (15:00), and in the evening the culmination of the group stage will take place - a match between the silver and bronze winners of the last World Cup - Canada and Russia (18:30).
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Notes to the Editor
The Shayba Arena is made to look like a snowdrift. It would be impossible to imagine a game of ice hockey without a "shayba" or puck. The name precisely portrays the purpose of the venue. In addition, for Russians, the cry "Shaybu!" is a universal and recognizable way of supporting hockey teams at various tournaments. Therefore, this name highlights the character of the "Russian" Winter Games.
The height of the Shayba Arena is 22.8 m, its capacity is 7,000 spectators. The venue will host Olympic ice hockey competitions and Paralympic ice sledge hockey competitions.
During the pouring of the first cubic meter of concrete, the construction workers laid a symbolic hockey puck at the foundation of the arena.
The first international Test Event was the IIHF Ice Hockey World U18 Championship which took place at the venue in April 2013.