VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Miroslav Satan scored the go-ahead goal 8:41 into the third Tuesday and Slovakia held on to edge Norway 4-3 to grab a berth in the Olympic quarterfinals.
Slovakia will meet defending champion Sweden in the last of the four quarterfinals to be played on Wednesday.
The four playoff games contested Tuesday were all expected to be relatively easy wins for the higher-seeded teams, but Switzerland and the Czech Republic needed overtime to advance and Slovakia was tested by the winless Norwegians.
Only Canada, with an 8-2 victory over Germany, had an easy time of it.
Jaroslav Halak allowed three goals on 19 shots, but came away with the victory.
Slovakia took a 3-1 lead after one period, but could not come up with another goal until Satan redirected a pass from Lubomir Visnovskyckey.
All three of Slovakia's first-period goals came on the power play. Norway tied it at 3-3 on a goal by Anders Bastiansen that came with just .1 of a second showing on the clock in the second period.