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Latvia hockey team on to Sochi Olympics with 2:2 tie in regulation time with France

Photo: LETA.
 RIGA, Feb 10 – The Latvian national hockey team lost the game (2:3, OT) but won the battle tonight – a berth in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, thanks to a nerve-racking 2:2 tie with France in regulation time.

France needed a victory by two goals for the ticket to Sochi, and the team evidently took the task seriously, jumping to an early 2:0 lead.

Latvia finally scored in the second period in the person of Lauris Darzins, and then 12 seconds into the third, Martins Karsums found the net.

Sochi will be the fourth Winter Games for Team Latvia.

In the stands today were the president, prime minister and parliament speaker.
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