Well, for a tournament deciding match, it wasn’t really a close one.

After going undefeated in the first two games of the Czech Hockey Games, Finland looked like the favorites going into the final game against Sweden, who lost 2-0 to Russia in the first contest. And clearly, Finland was the better team, taking home the 5-0 victory in the final competition of the tournament and registering a perfect 3-0 record with a superb 10-1 goal difference.

Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov capitalizes on a dominant first period by the Finns, scoring on a rebound to make it 1-0. The game remained close until the middle frame, when Swedish player Elias Fälth scored a goal in his own net. Minutes later, Sakari Salminen finished off a two on one with a nice marker, and teammate Pekka Jormakka made it 4-0 right afterwards. During the third period, Oskar Osala, who was given credit for scoring Falth’s own goal, scored his second on the power play to make it 5-0. Sweden, who won the 2013 World Championships, just didn’t look strong without the Sedin’s holding the fort.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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