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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Ties Up Czech Republic




Yevgeny Petrochinin scored from the blue line early in the third period to give Russia a 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic in the Baltika Cup international ice hockey tournament.


The Czech Republic opened the scoring Sunday in front of a crowd of 9,000 at Luzhniki Ice Palace on a power-play goal by Ladislav Benysek. The Czech defenseman scored with three minutes left in the first period off an assist from Petr Gajanek.


With a one-man advantage at the beginning of the second period, the Czechs missed several scoring chances and the Russians gradually seized the initiative against the World and Olympic champions.


Five minutes into the third period, Petrochinin equalized for the home side on a blistering slapshot from the blue line after Russia controlled a faceoff in the right circle.


"In the first period we were not very fresh, but in the second and third periods we played even with the Czech Republic and it's a pity we didn't score another goal, though the Czech goalkeeper played an excellent game," Russian coach Alexander Yakushev said.


With the tie, Russia remained at the top of the tournament standings with five points followed by the Czech Republic with four points after three games. Finland and Sweden had two points after two games going into their meeting Monday.


Canada had lost both of its games going into its game Monday against the Czech Republic.


The five-team, round-robin tournament wraps up Tuesday with Canada meeting Finland and Russia facing off against Sweden.


The annual tournament is the third of four legs of the European Hockey Tour and features each country's best players outside the NHL.