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Latvia takes down Austria in opening Olympic qualifier

Photo: Jelena Levshina/lhf.lv.
In the opening match of the Olympic qualification tournament in Riga tonight, the Latvian national men's ice hockey team defeated Austria 8:1, LETA reports.

Kaspars Daugavins scored two goals for Latvia, with Andris Dzerins, Roberts Bukarts, Ronalds Kenins, Miks Indrasis, Martins Dzierkals and Rodrigo Abols scoring a goal a piece for the home side.
In the other group match earlier in the day, Germany defeated Japan 5:0.

Latvia will play its next match tomorrow against Japan and its final match of the qualification tournament on Sunday against Germany.

Only the winner of the qualification tournament will qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Latvia has qualified for the past four Winter Olympics, with its best performance in Sochi at the 2014 Games - 8th.

The 2018 Winter Olympic will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

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