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Russia takes second Cup win in two days; Finland rips Canada

December 17, 1996

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russia scored three goals in the final 12 minutes to defeat the Czech Republic 3-1 Tuesday and take sole possession of first place in the Izvestia Cup hockey tournament.

A young Canadian team was routed for the second straight day and fell to the bottom of the five-team standings with a 6-1 loss to Finland.

The world champion Czechs were clinging to a 1-0 lead on a second-period goal by David Vyborny when an aggressive Russian attack produced back-to-back goals by Alexander Prokopyev and Alexander Korolyuk midway through the final period.

Korolyuk added an empty-net goal with one second left in the game at the CSKA Ice Palace.

Earlier, Finland rebounded strongly from an opening-day loss to Russia and took a 5-0 lead over Canada by the third period which was marred by penalties and a fight.

Mika Alatalo scored twice for the winners, who also got goals from Kimmo Rintanen, Pasi Saarela, Juha Riihijarvi and Jarkko Varvio.

Steve Junker scored for Canada.

The other remaining unbeaten team, Sweden, can pull even with the defending champion Russians with a victory over the Czechs in Wednesday’s only scheduled game.

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