MOSCOW – Russia routed Sweden 6-2 Sunday to win the Channel One Cup, the second event of the four-leg Euro Hockey Tour.
Russia dominated from the start and scored three of its goals on power plays as it easily secured its fifth straight title in the tournament.
In Sunday’s other game, Finland beat the Czech Republic 5-2 to finish second. Sweden remained last.
Alexey Mikhnov put Russia ahead with a short-handed goal on a solo effort at 17:21, beating goalie Johan Backlund in the upper left corner.
Aleksey Tereshchenko made it 2-0 on a power play midway through the second period, and Vitaly Artyukhov added a third on another power play four minutes later.
Danis Zaripov and Sergei Mozyakin then scored within the first two minutes of the third to make it 5-0 and put the game away. Johan Akerman and Jimmie Eriksson scored Sweden’s consolation goals, with Denis Kulyash adding another shorthanded goal for Russia in between.
“We are satisfied with the results,” said Russia coach Vyacheslav Bykov. “We are not just testing our players. We are building the team for the world championships and we need players with the philosophy of the winners.”
Russia, which won the world championship title in May for the first time since 1993, extended its unbeaten streak to 22 games since February.
Janne Niskala scored two power-play goals to put Finland 2-0 ahead before Jaroslav Hlinka narrowed the gap on a power play at 5:53 into the second period. Tomas Rolinek then equalized from a narrow angle on another power play eight minutes later, but Markus Seikola restored Finland’s lead before the second break. Kalle Sahlstedt and Jukka Voutilainen scored for Finland in the third period.
The European Hockey Tour consists of four tournaments in Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic and Sweden. Russia, two-time defending tour champion, won the Karjala Cup in Finland in November and leads the standings with 17 points. The Czech Republic is second with eight, followed by Finland, one point behind, while Sweden is last with four.
The Channel One Cup is a successor of the Izvestia Cup, which started 41 years ago. It was later called the Baltika Cup and then the ROSNO Cup, and is now named after the state-run TV broadcaster.