LEWISTON -- It's a battle of winless teams in the second half of an IIHF World Junior doubleheader at Dwyer Arena as Russia and Norway are set to face off at 7 p.m.
Russia has losses to Canada and Sweden, being outscored, 8-3 and shutout by the Swedes on Tuesday.
Norway is playing its final game of the preliminary round with losses to Sweden, Czech Republic and Canada. The Norwegians have been outscored, 19-2, in the tournament though that number is somewhat skewed by the 10-1 drilling it endured against Canada Wednesday night.
Check back for live updates throughout the game.
Final: Russia 8, Norway 2.
8:46 p.m.: Puck drop!
19:42 left: Russian strikes quickly for a two-goal lead as Danil Sobchenko's goal puts Russia up, 4-2.
11:31 left: Maxim Kitsyn scores to make it a 5-2 lead for Russia.
8:03 left: Skating 4-on-4 Russia takes a 6-2 lead.
4:42 left: And fans are starting to file out as Russia extends its lead to 7-2.
4:23 left: Make that 8-2.
7:57 p.m.: Puck drop! The teams start the period with 4-on-4 hockey after Russia's Maxim Berezin (roughing) and Norway's Mats Rosseli Olsen (cross-checking) were called for penalties after some rough-housing at the horn to end the first period.
15:57 left: A power play goal by Vladimir Tarasenko gives Russia a 3-2 lead. The Russians had good puck control and movement during the power play, putting players in front of the net and generating shots.
End of the second: Russia leads, 3-2.
7:07: Game on! From introductions it feels like a pro-Norway crowd.
13:02 left: Russia takes a 1-0 lead when its rush yields a goal by Nikita Dvurechenski.
8:01 left: Dwyer comes alive with a goal by Norway. Nicholas Weberg jumped on a giveaway in the Russian zone and drilled it past goaltender Dmitri Shikin to tie the game, 1-1.
7:06 left: And just like that, Russia regains the lead, 2-1, as Danil Sobchenko put in a rebound that Norwegian goalie Lars Volden failed to control.
4:01 left: After a plethora of good chances, Norway cashed in with four seconds left on the power play to tie the game, 2-2.
End of the first: All tied up, 2-2.
--- Amy Moritz