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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Swedes Beat Russians to Izvestia Snowman

Sweden beat Russia 3-1 in the final game of the 29th Izvestia hockey tournament to claim a first-place purse of 80,000 Swiss francs ($62,000) and a traditional Russian Snowman trophy.


Russia finished second in the five-nation tournament, with Finland coming in third, trailed by the Czechs and Canada, which lost every game.


The opportunistic Swedes, trailing the hosts by one point and needing a victory in Saturday's finale, capitalized on two second-period breakdowns in the Russian defense, quieting a near -sellout crowd at the CSKA Ice Palace.


Per Eklund's power-play goal and Per Swartvadit's effort with two minutes left gave the Swedes a 2-0 lead going into the final period. Dmitry Erofeyev provided the home fans some hope when he scored on a power play in the opening minute of the third period, but steady Johan Hedberg kept his net safe for the rest of the game, giving Sweden its first victory in 27 Izvestia appearances. "Obviously, we're very disappointed to lose on our home ice," said Russia's captain, Alexei Chupin.


Sweden's coach Kent Forsberg, who earlier blasted organizers for poor ice conditions, said that his team was better prepared than the Russians and deserved to win.


Earlier, Finland defeated the Czech Republic 5-2.