Born in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Artem Artemov played for several Moscow-based schools as a junior (Raduga, Krylya Sovetov, CSKA, Spartak, Dinamo) and was considered one of the most talented Russian ice hockey players of his age.
Norway opened the scoring through Thomas Olsen's effort on the 4th minute into the game. Belarus tied it up on the 42nd minute. Charles Linglet capitalized on a powerplay for 1-1. Seven minutes before the final hooter Stefan Espeland scored what turned to be the winner for Norway.
Team Belarus coached by Natalya Melyanyuk is set to face France and Belgium in Group F. The winner of the group advances to the final part of the European Championship due in Albania from 1 to 9 September. The second-placed team will make it to the third qualifier.