posted on Jan, 16 2005 @ 12:42 PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Jaromir Jagr scored an overtime winner and Russia's Avangard Omsk came from behind to beat Finnish champion Karpat Oulu 2-1
in the inaugural European Champions Cup final on Sunday.
Jagr, the only NHL player on Avangard, scored the winner off a pass from Maxim Sushinsky at 14:38 in overtime. He had assisted Alexei Kalyuzhny on the
team's first goal.
"It was our most difficult match in two years," Avangard captain Oleg Tverdovsky said.
Avangard opened strongly and former NHL player Alexei Kovalenko came close to scoring, but the puck glided across the goal mouth inches from the line.
Dmitry Zatonsky squandered another chance, failing to connect with Jagr's pass on a power play.
Defenseman Iikka Mikkola gave Karpat the lead on a slap shot from the blue line. After the goal, Karpat changed its tactics and hung back in defense
to preserve its lead.