Finland 2, Russia 0

Russia managed to shutout the Swedes just a few days ago in the first game of the tournament, however Saturday’s match proved to be a whole different ball game for the red, white and blue, as Finland would go on to win their second game of the Czech Hockey Games. Sakari Salminen gave Finland the early lead in the first, putting the puck past Stanislav Galimov just seven minutes in to make it 1-0. During the second, Finland took multiples penalties, but Russia couldn’t capitalize on their chances, allowing Finland to keep the one goal advantage. At the midway point of the second, Pekka Jormakka would make it 2-0, putting the game away for good with half the game to go. Mikko Koskinen, a former goaltender with the New York Islanders organization, kept the remaining shots out of the net to record his first shutout of the tournament, and give the Finns the 2-0 victory.

Sweden 3, Czech Republic 0

The Czech’s didn’t bring a winning team to their own tournament, losing their second match in as many games. Sweden took control took a quick 2-0 lead against the Czech Republic in the first period after two power play goals by Per Åslund, with both markers getting assisted by Linköping forward Simon Hjalmarsson. Czech Republic goaltender Jakub Kovar stood on his hand during the rest of the game, but Henrik Karlsson, a former puckstopper for the Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks was just as good, if not better. In a desperate attempt to record a goal, the Czech’s pulled Kovar in the dying minutes of the game, however Swedish player Niklas Persson put the game away with the third goal of the match, handing Sweden the 3-0 win. The meeting between Finland and Sweden tomorrow will decide who is given the tournament championship tomorrow.

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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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