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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sweden Beats Russia to Win Euro Tour

Itar-TassPyotr Shchastlivy lying sprawled on the ice during Russia's 4-2 loss to Sweden in the Euro Tour final in Moscow on Saturday. Russia lost 7-4 on aggregate.
Olympic champion Sweden beat Russia 4-2 Saturday in the second leg of the European Hockey Tour final to win the title 7-4 on aggregate.

Sweden won 3-2 win in the first leg in Gavle, Sweden, on Thursday.

Fredrik Bremberg scored at 6:02 and Johan Davidsson added his second goal in two games at 28:32.

Sergei Mozyakin narrowed the gap 29 seconds later, but Alexander Steen restored a two-goal margin 46 seconds into the third period. Three minutes later, Alexei Morozov put two-time defending champion Russia close to an equalizer, but Martin Thorenberg hit an empty net with 21 seconds remaining.

The match was played at the Khodynskoye Pole arena, one of the two arenas where the International Ice Hockey Federation world championship will start on April 27.

The Czech Republic edged out Finland 2-0 in overtime to claim the third place in Prague. Petr Sykora scored at 38:07 to send the series into overtime as Finland won the first leg 1-0 Thursday in Helsinki. Jaroslav Hlinka scored the decider with 1:30 left.

The Euro Hockey Tour is a four-leg event in which four teams -- the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden and Russia -- compete during the season.

Russia had won three of four legs on the Euro Tour, finishing first in the Czech Republic, Finland and Moscow. It's only loss came to world No. 1 Sweden in Stockholm.

While coach Vyacheslav Bykov would have preferred to go into the World Championship in Moscow on the back of a Euro Tour Final victory, he will not be unduly concerned by the loss, as, with NHL players allowed to take part, next week's squad will be very different from the domestic-based one that lost out to Sweden.