The Russian men’s national team swept all three games to win the Channel One Cup this past weekend, grabbing the most points after two stages.

Led by former NHL scoring superstar Ilya Kovalchuk, the Russians came into their home tournament with a lot of hope. The Channel One Cup, the second leg of the 2014-2015 Euro Hockey Tour, was held in Sochi, Russia, and unlike the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Russians made sure to make hometown fans proud, winning all three games against Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

In order to complete the sweep, they needed to defeat the Czech Republic in the final game, and a positive 3-2 result was what came out of it. The Czech’s got two late goals from Jan Kovar and Erik Hrna to give the Russians a run for their money, but three goals from Alexander Kutuzov, Yegor Yakovlev and Igor Grigorenko in the first half of the game sealed the deal.

Russia now has 30 gold medals at the Channel One Cup, as well as seven overall gold medals and 15 medals all time for Euro Hockey Tour play. Sweden, who won the Karjala Cup in early November, sits in second place overall, just two points behind Russia with 11 points, while Finland is behind in third after losing out of a silver medal by one point. The Czech’s have struggled big time, grabbing just two points in the six game span with zero wins to their credit.

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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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