NEWS
02/11/2012 08:41 EST | Updated 04/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Finland routs Czech Republic 7-0 at Oddset Hockey Games

STOCKHOLM - Finland routed the Czech Republic 7-0 on Saturday at the Oddset Hockey Games, the third event of the four-leg Euro Hockey Tour.

Coming off a weak performance in their opening loss to Russia in Helsinki, the Finns proved much stronger in the Globe Arena in the Swedish capital.

"The big difference today was that we capitalized on our chances and scored," said Finland coach Jukka Jalonen in reference to the 2-0 loss to Russia that was played outdoors at the Olympic Stadium.

"We played better as a unit. They (the Czechs) started well, but we were efficient. After we scored the goals (in the first period), I think our confidence grew and theirs maybe went a bit down. That's the reason why we won."

After first-period goals by Leo Komarov, Janne Pesonen and Juhamatti Aaltonen, Finland put the game beyond reach in the second with two more as Janne Lahti and Petri Kontiola scored.

Lahti picked up a backhand pass by Janne Niskala 11 minutes into the second period and flicked the puck past goalkeeper Tomas Popperle. Kontiola made it 5-0 when he fired a puck into the roof of the Czech goal in the final minute of the period.

After that, the Czechs showed little of the fighting spirit that had helped them prevail against Sweden on penalties in their previous match.

Niskala made it 6-0 in the opening minute of the third, while Pesonen rounded off the scoring with his second goal of the game just 18 seconds later.

Hosts Sweden and defending Euro Hockey tour champion Russia play their match later Saturday.