On August 29, 2013 at the Shayba Arena in Sochi, the third 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 third game day of the group stage of the competition, two matches were held.
Norway defeated Czech Republic — 4:1 (2:1, 1:0, 1:0). In turn, Team Canada triumphed over the Russian Team — 4:3 (2:1, 0:0, 1:2, 0:0, 1:0).
Once the games had finished, the tournament participants shared their impressions of past matches and the organization of the tournament.
Morten Haglund, head coach (NOR)
On today`s game:
“Czechs have a good team and we like to play them. We play pretty similiar game. But I think our defenders were pretty good today, didn’t let them to get many chances and we had a good game and scored 4:1. That’s good, I am happy!”
On the rivals in semifinal:
“I hope that we wouldn’t meet Canada in a semi! Doesn’t matter, actually. It’s good for us, for practice to play with Czechs or the Russians in the semi. We are happy with that”
On the venue and ice:
“The venue is beautiful! Last Olympics in Vancouver it was very good. I think this one is maybe a little bit better, so it’s really good and we are happy to be here and we will wait to come back here later for the Paralympics”
Jiri Briza, head coach (CZE)
On today`s game:
“Well today Norway deserved three points. We did not start bad we just scored the first goal and then probably we thought it will be easy opponent for us. But they started to play very physically and we set up some penalties and they did hundred percent work in power play, so we made mistakes and they deserved to win”
On the venue:
“The Arena and especially the ice and locker rooms and other facilities are just perfect. I`ve never seen such facilities for handycaped sledge hockey players. Very good!”
Next year there is Paralympic Games in Sochi, here. So we will train hard so we can end up in a group for the semi-finale. And finely to get any medal in our history. We still missing one!
On August 31, in the semifinals, the Czech team will face the Norwegians (12:00), and in the evening - Canada VS Russia (16:00).
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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 Arenais 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 Events were the IIHF Ice Hockey World U18 Championship — which took place at the venue in April 2013.