For the first time since the start of the Karjala Cup back in 1922, the Euro Hockey Tour’s first event of the season saw Sweden win their second straight championship, becoming the first repeat winner two years in a row.

Sunday’s action in Finland was about as close as you can get, with the actual standings finishing with both Sweden and Finland tied at six points at the end. Finland had the advantage coming in, beating Russia and the Czech Republic before the final meeting against their arch rivals. Sweden wasn’t worried, however, as a win against Finland in the final contest would result in a tournament championship no matter what for the Tre Kronor.

Sweden did not disappoint, and after Joel Lundqvist found the back of the net 13 minutes into the first, things were looking good for the team in yellow, white and blue. Jimmie Ericsson helped extend the lead for Sweden just three minutes into the second, but the Finns would answer back thanks to a big goal by Sami Lepisto with six minutes to go in the first. Linus Omark, who finished second in tournament scoring with four points, would end up sealing the deal for Sweden, with his third goal voiding Kristian Kuusela’s late game marker to help lead Sweden to a 3-2 victory and take the tiebreaker thanks to the win.

With the win, Sweden was able to secure the Karjala Cup championship for the second straight year, while Finland finished second for the silver and Russia came home with the bronze. The second leg of the Euro Hockey Tour will happen again during the next international break, with the Channel One Cup set to take place in Russia from December 17th-20th.

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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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