SOCHI, Russia — Jeff Carter scored three consecutive goals in the second period, Roberto Luongo made 23 saves, and Canada beat Austria 6-0 Friday to take a commanding position in preliminary-round play at the Olympic hockey tournament.
Shea Weber and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist in the Canadians’ second win in two nights in Sochi. Their star-studded lineup rolled over undermanned Austria with 46 shots and relentless waves of offense, starting with Drew Doughty’s goal in the opening minutes before Carter’s natural hat trick in an 11:54 span.
Bernhard Starkbaum gave up six goals in the first two periods before Mathias Lange replaced him for the third for Austria, which dropped to 0-2.
Czech Republic 4, Latvia 2
SOCHI, Russia — Jaromir Jagr scored his second goal of the Olympics, Jakub Voracek got the tiebreaker in the second period, and the Czech Republic survived an early scare.
Marek Zidlicky had a goal and an assist, and Martin Erat also scored for the Czechs. Ondrej Pavelec made 18 saves in their first win of preliminary-round play, bouncing back from an opening 4-2 loss to Sweden.
The 41-year-old Jagr is a five-time Olympian, but never managed more than two goals in any of his previous trips to the games. He scored two goals in his first four periods in Sochi, and his steady play help the Czechs to hold off Latvia’s upset bid.
Sweden 1, Switzerland 0
SOCHI, Russia — Daniel Alfredsson scored off a rebound with 7:21 left and Henrik Lundqvist had a 26-save shutout, lifting short-handed Sweden.
The Swedes (2-0) moved into a favorable position to earn a spot in the quarterfinals as the only undefeated team in Group C. With a victory over winless Latvia on Saturday, they would be among the final eight in the 12-nation tournament.
The Swiss (1-1) may have to win in the qualification round to reach the quarterfinals even if they beat the Jaromir Jagr-led Czech Republic on Saturday.
Sweden announced before the game that captain Henrik Zetterberg will miss the rest of the tournament because of a herniated disk, taking a third key player off their roster.
Finland 6, Norway 1
SOCHI, Russia — Teemu Selanne scored the first of three goals in the opening period, his teammates scored twice more in the second, and Finland coasted to a win.
The Finns (2-0) have beaten a pair of overmatched teams by a combined score of 14-5.
Finland, which also beat Austria 8-4, will be tested in the preliminary-round finale against the defending Olympic champion Canadians (2-0) on Sunday for a guaranteed spot in the quarterfinals.