Jeff Carter scored a natural hat-trick as part of a four-goal second period to lead Team Canada to a 6-0 win over Austria at the Sochi Olympics.
Patrick Marleau assisted on all three of Carter’s goals while Drew Doughty, Shea Weber, and Ryan Getzlaf also scored for Canada (2-0-0), who will play Finland on Sunday at noon Eastern to determine who will finish first in Group B.
Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for Canada, while Austrian goaltenders Bernhard Starkbaum and Mathias Lange combined to stop 40 shots.
Doughty started the scoring five minutes into in the first, scoring after Jonathan Toews won the draw back to the point. Doughty’s shot found its way through a lot of traffic and past Starkbaum.
Weber made it 2-0 about five minutes later, taking a drop pass from Corey Perry and firing a slap shot over Starkbaum’s shoulder for his second goal of the tournament.
Carter got on the board less than three minutes into the second. Coming out of the penalty box, he stole the puck from the Austrians to set up a break with Marleau and Sidney Crosby. Marleau’s shot hit the post, but Carter was there to put home the rebound.
He added his second of the game less than two minutes later after Marleau stole the puck behind the Austrian net. He fed Carter, who came out from behind the net and tucked the puck under Starkbaum, who was scrambling to get back into the net.
Carter completed the natural hat-trick after the puck trickled out to him on a goal-mouth scramble, putting it over Starkbaum’s pad.
The natural hat-trick is the first by a Canadian since Paul Knox in 1956 in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, also against Austria.
Getzlaf made it 6-0 with a shorthanded marker late in the second. He created space for himself by banking the puck off the boards, dragged the puck around Austrian defenceman Thomas Koch and putting a backhand over Starkbaum.
Luongo wasn’t overly busy, but his best save came on a shot from Austria’s Oliver Setzinger early in the third period, stopping him on a breakaway to make his case to start for Canada on Sunday against Finland, who defeated Norway 6-1 on Friday.
Both teams are undefeated, though the Finns currently lead the group based on goal differential.