South Korea stunned Norway with an incredible comeback at the Torino Para Ice Hockey International in Italy on Tuesday (28 February), taking a 6-3 win at the Palatazzoli.
The hosts of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games were seeking a win after a 4-0 loss to Canada in their opening match on Monday (27 February).
Byeong Seok Cho opened the scoring for the South Koreans after four minutes in a highly defensive first period. Coming out strong in the second, Norway scored three goals in a minute-and-a-half to take a 3-1 lead.
But Jong Kyung Lee, Seung Hwan Jung and Young Jae Cho came to life, taking one goal each in quick succession to sensationally snatch the lead from the Norwegians.
Stunned by the scoreline, Norway succumbed to Jung two more times in the third period with a final score of 6-3.
Canada v Italy 3-0 (2-0, 1-0, 0-0)
Hosts Italy returned from their opening defeat to Norway to take on World Championships silver medallists Canada.
The Canadians took the lead after five minutes courtesy of Adam Dixon, who went on to double the score in the first period.
Italy created chances but Corbin Watson proved impenetrable between the poles for Canada.
Dixon found the net again at the beginning of the second period, finalising the scoreline at 3-0.
With their 100 per cent record, Canada sit at the top of the table, with South Korea and Norway tied in second place with three points. Italy are third, but will be cheered on by hundreds of schoolchildren who will fill the stands on Wednesday (1 March) for their game against South Korea.
Wednesday, 1 March
10am: South Korea v Italy
3pm: Norway v Canada
Friday, 3 March
10am: semi-final 1 (with Italy)
3pm: semi-final 2
Saturday, 4 March
10am: final 1
1pm: final 2
The Torino International Para Ice Hockey Tournament is one of the last tests before the 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, from 11-20 April.
The World Championships will see the top five teams qualify for PyeongChang 2018, with the rest going on to the Qualification Tournament later in 2017.
World and Paralympic champions the USA, Worlds silver medallists Canada, Norway, Italy, Germany, South Korea and Sweden are expected to compete.