Czech Republic beats Finland 3-2 on late penalty shot in Karjala Cup

HELSINKI, Finland – Jan Marek scored on a penalty shot in the third period to give the Czech Republic a 3-2 win over Finland in the Karjala Cup hockey tournament Thursday.

The event is the first tournament of the Euro Hockey Tour.

Canadian Doug Shedden, who played 416 NHL games for Pittsburgh, Detroit, Quebec and Toronto, made his coaching debut for Finland. Shedden coached Helsinki team Jokerit to second place in the Finnish league last season and now combines coaching the club and national team.

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Marek beat goalkeeper Antti Niemi for the winner with 1:51 to go after Finland defenceman Jukka-Pekka Laamanen drew the penalty shot by moving the net.

Petr Kumstat gave the Czech Republic a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal at 2:35 of the first period, but Finland’s Teemu Aalto tied it a little more than a minute later.

Tomas Rolinek put the Czechs ahead again in the first minute of the third period, also on a power play, before Finland forward Janne Pesonen tied it at 10:09.