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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Stages Comeback to Outclass Czechs in Shootout

Valery Karpov scored four goals, including the game-winner in a tie-breaking shootout, as Russia came from three goals down to beat the Czech Republic 5-4 Monday in Baltika Cup play.

Russia went on the attack early, but Czech goalie Martin Prusek denied chance after chance. He made 39 saves as the Russians outshot the Czechs 43-20.

Five minutes into the match, center Kamil Piros put the Czech Republic ahead 1-0, but Karpov evened the score three minutes later. Then Radek Matejovsky, Viktor Hubl and Viktor Ujcik scored to put the Czechs up 4-1 by the middle of the second period.

Dmitry Kvartalnov kept Russian hopes alive with a second-period goal, and Karpov scored twice to tie the game in the third period.

Both teams failed to score in overtime. Radek Martinek missed his shot in the shootout, but Karpov buried his to the delight of 6,500 fans at Moscow’s Luzhniki Ice Palace.

Earlier, Finland beat Sweden 4-1, with Antti Miettinen scoring the tying goal and adding an assist.

Sweden dominated early on and took the lead 1-0 when defenseman Nichlas Falk scored from the blue line on a power play nine minutes into the game.

Four minutes into the second period, right wing Miettinen evened the score on a pass from Esa Pirnes. Just 59 seconds before the period’s end, linemate Jani Hassinen put Finland up 2-1. Juha Joenvaara scored three minutes into the third period, and Niklas Hagman made it 4-1 on a pass from Pirnes to cap the scoring.

Russia leads the annual tournament with 5 points, followed by the Czech Republic with 4 and Finland with 3. Sweden has lost both its matches.

On Wednesday, Russia faces Finland, and the Czech Republic plays Sweden.