STOCKHOLM (Sweden) - Sweden remained undefeated today, beating the Czech Republic 3-2, to claim the Sweden
Games title in Stockholm, Sweden, while Sergei Berezin led Russia with three goals in their 7-3 victory for
third place over a Canadian national team that was experiencing goaltending problems
"In competition where we're always the underdog, we need outstanding goaltending," said Canadian national
team coach Mike Johnston. "Tonight, both Andrew (Verner) and Mark (Cavallin) struggled."
Verner, of Weston, Ontario, played the first period allowing three goals in seven shots, and one of them
with Canada on the power-play. Mississauga, Ontario native Cavallin faired little better, shutting out the
Russians in the second period on four shots, but he gave up four goals in the last period on 11 shots.
Johnston also noted that his team cannot spot their opponents any goals early on in the game. "Similar to
the other games, we allowed the Russians to take an early 3-0 lead, putting us back on our heels and exposing
our inexperience internationally."
Berezin, the Toronto Maple Leafs' eighth choice (256th overall) in the 1994 entry draft, scored two
unassisted goals at 6:24 and 10:43 to put the Russians up 2-0, and defenceman Sergei Sorokin beat Verner at
18:41 with Canada on the power-play for the 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Canada scored the lone second period goal when defenceman Jeff MacLeod of Dartmouth, N.S., scored his
eighth of the season at 16:34 for the 3-1 score after 40 minutes. MacLeod's goal was unassisted.
Russia turned the heat up again on the Canadian defence at the beginning of the third period scoring three
times before the end of the six-minute mark.
Yuri Leonov beat Canada on the power-play at 3:14 and at even-strength at 6:35, while teammate Dmitri
Kvartalnov had another at 5:26.
The Canadians attempted a comeback in the last 10 minutes of the game, scoring twice, but Berezin recorded
his third of the game at 15:26 to put the game out of reach for Canada.
Terran Sandwith of Stony Plain, Alberta, combined with Montreal's Dany Bousquet at 11:49 to bring Canada
at 6-2, and Ryan Johnson, brother of Detroit Red Winger and former Canadian Olympian Greg Johnson, scored at
17:45 to close out the game scoring at 7-3 in Russia's favour. It was Sandwith's third and Johnson's second
goal of the season.
There were some positives for the Canadian national team at the end of their last European tour of the
season. They kept pace with the more experienced Russian squad today, out-shooting them 26-22.
Russia lined-up behind head coach Vladimir Vasiljev with 11 players from the Russian top league, seven
from Sweden and four from the elite German league.
Swedish referee Roger Orerg called 21 penalties - 12 against Russia and nine against Canada. The Russians
scored one power-play goal in six tries, while Canada were scoreless on nine opportunities.
Canada's 1995-96 record after 39 games stands at 24 wins, 11 losses and four ties. The national team
returns to Canada on Monday to prepare for four-game tours with both the Czech Republic and Russians, and the
Father David Bauer Cup against the same two teams in Waterloo, Ontario, from March 28-31.
Sweden Games, Stockholm