Czech Republic 4, Norway 1
LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) _ The Czech Republic advanced to the Olympic hockey quarterfinals Friday night with a 4-1 win over Norway behind Petr Briza, the top goalie in the 1992 Winter Games.
The Czechs (3-1) join Finland, Russia and Germany in the playoffs from Pool A. Canada and Sweden have clinched spots from Pool B, with the United States and Slovakia frontrunners for the other two.
The Czechs broke open a scoreless game with three goals in 2:16 late in the second period. Jiri Dolezal scored at 16:47, Tomas Srsen at 17:41 and Jiri Kucera at 19:03. Kucera added an empty-net goal with 1:07 left in the game.
Ole Dahlstrom spoiled Briza’s bid for his second straight shutout when he put a 30-footer through the goalie’s pads at 11:51 of the third period. Norway attacked the rest of the game but couldn’t beat Briza.
The loss eliminated Norway (0-4) with one game left in the five-game preliminary round. It has been outscored 15-3.
Cezchoslovakia won the bronze medal in 1992 before the country split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Jan. 1, 1993. Briza had the best goals- against average in the tournament.
He lost the opener to Finland 3-1 and didn’t play in a 7-3 win over Austria. He turned aside all 18 shots in a 1-0 win over Germany on Wednesday and stopped 14 Friday.