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Russia routs Finland 6-2, wins Channel One Cup

Russia routs Finland 6-2, wins Channel One Cup

Russia routed defending champion Finland 6-2 on Sunday to win the Channel One Cup, the second event of the four-leg Euro Hockey Tour.
Russia remained unbeaten in the tournament with nine points from three games. Winless Finland is last with two points.
Sweden was scheduled to play world champion Czech Republic in a later match.
Alexander Radulov opened the scoring for Russia with a solo effort at 10:49 of the first period, but Mika Pyorala equalized from close range eight minutes later.
Alexei Kaigorodov restored Russia's lead two minutes into the second. Finland then had a two-man advantage for one minute, 25 seconds but failed to score and Russia pulled away.
"We started well in the first period," said Finland coach Par Marts. "We were 5 to 3 for almost one and a half minutes at the beginning of the second period but failed to score, and then there was only one team on the ice."
Gennadi Churilov made it 3-1 at 12:22 of the second and Sergei Mozyakin added one more goal a minute later. Alexei Morozov and Churilov added power-play goals later in the period.
"The key to our victory today was our solid defense with two men down," said Russia coach Vyacheslav Bykov. "After that we played our game."
Markus Nordlund pulled one back for Finland in the third.
The Channel One Cup is a successor to the Izvestia Cup, which started 43 years ago. It was later called the Baltika Cup and then the ROSNO Cup, and is now named after the Russian state-run television broadcaster.
Russia and the Soviet Union have won their home event 31 times.
The Euro Hockey Tour features tournaments in Finland, Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic.
Finland won its home event _ the Karjala Cup _ in November.


Updated : 2021-10-19 00:17 GMT+08:00