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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Beats Czechs to Claim Cup

ReutersAlbert Leschev and Alexander Kharitonov celebrating Russia's opening goal of the game in Helsinki on Sunday.
HELSINKI -- Russia won the Karjala Cup after beating the Czech Republic 3-2 in a penalty shootout Sunday, snapping Finland's streak of eight straight titles in the Euro Hockey Tour event.

Petr Shastlivy, who scored the game-winning goal against the Finns, forced overtime when he tied the score at 2-2 with 1:56 left of regulation.

Petr Caslava gave the Czechs a 1-0 lead early in the first period. Alexander Tiaritonov tied it with a power-play goal 27 seconds into the third period. Caslava then set up Ivan Huml midway through the session.

Russia also won its first two games by one-goal margins.

On Saturday, Igor Volkov had two goals and one assist as Russia beat Sweden, the reigning Olympic Champion 5-4.

Volkov scored his first goal at 19:30 in the second period, just 1 minute, 34 seconds after Steen's goal had given Sweden a 2-0 lead.

His second tied it early in the last period, only for Sweden to retake the lead. But two late goals from Petr Shastliviy and one from Ivan Nepriaiev took the game out of Sweden's reach.

Russia won the Euro Hockey Tour last season, edging Sweden 2-1 in the final. The tour consists of four tournaments in the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden.