Russia 2, Sweden 0

Russia’s national hockey lost 4-2 to Sweden in the opening game of the Euro Hockey Tour’s Kajotbet Hockey Games last year, but this time around would result in a better final. With Olympic hopeful Stanislav Galimov between the pipes, the Russian’s managed to shutout Sweden, coming out on top with a 2-0 victory. The first two of the thirds game featured very little action, with just a few penalties every here and there. During the third period, however, Russia managed to grab the first goal of the game, as forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, a prospect in the Washington Capitals organization, rushed down the ice before squeaking a weak wrister between the pad of Henrik Karlsson and the post with twelve minutes remaining in the game. Following a rough and tough battle tussle between Alexander Burmistrov of Russia and Dennis Rasmussen of Sweden, Yegor Averin received a nice pass from Sergey Plotnikov before wiring in another stoppable wrist shot. Sweden was unable to register a goal, giving Galimov the goose egg and Russia the win.

Finland 3, Czech Republic 1

The tournament hosts got off to a poor start as the Czech’s fell down to the Finns 3-1 in the opening match in Pardubice. Jori Lehterä, who was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the 3rd round (65th over all) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, got the scoring started in the first period, scoring a goal 17 minutes into the period following a pass from former NHLer Sami Lepistö. Pekka Jormakka, a Finnish forward who currently plays for the Pelicans of the SM-liiga, built on the momentum in the second, scoring just a couple minutes into the second frame. Jori Lehterä got the third and final Finnish goal just a few minutes later after ripping the disk behind Alexander Salak. A fight midway through the second period between Oskar Osala and Lukas Krajicek led to game misconduct’s and additional five minute majors for roughing. Zbynek Irgl scored the only Czech goal within the final ten minutes of the game, but it was far too late for a comeback, allowing Finland to finish off the game with a 3-1 victory.

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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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