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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Czechs Thrash Russia 4-0 to Claim Baltika Cup

ReutersRussia's Alexei Koznev, top, colliding Sunday with the Czech Republic's Martin Prochazka during the final game of the Baltika Cup in Moscow's Luzhniki Indoor Arena.
Jaroslav Balastik scored two goals as the Czech Republic whitewashed defending champion Russia 4-0 to win the Baltika Cup international hockey tournament in Moscow on Saturday.

The world and Olympic champion dominated the match to win its first tournament in this year's European Ice Hockey Tour.

Six minutes into the game, right wing Balastik opened the scoring off a pass from linemate Petr Leska. Center Tomash Kucharcik made it 2-0 one minute and 26 seconds later.

Balastik missed an empty goal before scoring his second at 12:34 to give the Czech Republic a comfortable 3-0 lead in the first period.

Seconds later, Russia's head coach Boris Mikhailov substituted goalie Yegor Podomatsky for Maxim Sokolov.

Podomatsky, who plays for Lokomotiv, was named a backup for Russia's Olympic team goalie No.1, Nikolai Khabibulin of Tampa Bay.

"Maybe it's a black day for us. We played a hell of a game. I couldn't even foresee such a result," Mikhailov said after the match.

Russia failed to capitalize on 10 power-play minutes before right wing Pavel Rosa silenced the sellout crowd of 8,500 at Luzhniki Indoor Arena by adding the final goal at 36:21 on a pass from center Petr Cajanek, who was named to the Czech Olympic roster Friday.

The Czechs collected 7 points. Russia finished second with 5 points, followed by Sweden with 3 and Finland at the bottom with 2.