Danes demolish Korea
by Adam Steiss|27 AUG 2021
photo: Mathias Dulsrud

Denmark put its next opponent Norway on notice after steamrolling Korea 11-1 in their second game of the Men’s Final Olympic Qualification Group F.

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored a hat trick in the second period as the Danes potted seven goals in the frame to put away the Koreans. The victory sets up a big clash with their Scandinavian rivals in Olso, with a spot in the Beijing 2022 Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey tournament on the line.

“It’s always a hard game with them, it’s going to be a game where you just have to play your best hockey,” said Bjorkstrand. “We just got to be the better team.”

The first goal of the game didn’t come until 6:32 remaining in the first period, and just as in their opener against Norway, it was the Koreans who struck first. Following a shot from the point, Sangwook Kim collected an errant shot from the bottom far corner of the right circle and made a centering pass to Kisung Kim who deflected it smoothly past Sebastian Dahm for the 1-0 lead.

But the Danes replied with less than a minute to go in the first, thanks to a goal from Joachim Blichfeld coming off a rebound.

Denmark then went right back to work early in the second period. A faceoff win in the Korean zone allowed Nikolaj Ehlers to get a clean shot to the Korean net for the 2-1 lead. Then with Blichfeld screening goalie Matt Dalton in front of the net, Oliver Bjorkstrand fired a shot into the top corner past the Korean goalie to go up 3-1.

Bjorkstrand would go on to collect two more in the frame, along with markers from Blichfeld, Frederik Storm, and Morten Poulsen. Ehlers, Blichfeld, and Poulsen each finished with a pair of goals as six Danish players got on the board.

The work is not done for Denmark, however, with an all-important final matchup against their rivals Norway on Sunday. Korea, meanwhile, will play for pride in their final game against Slovenia.

“We got a long history from a lot of games with those guys, a lot of emotions, a lot of tough battles,” said Jesper Jensen Aabo. “Looking forward to it.”