Luukkonen wins world junior gold with Team Finland

World juniors: Finland flattens Switzerland 6-1, set for U.S. in gold-medal showdown

World juniors: Finland flattens Switzerland 6-1, set for U.S. in gold-medal showdown

I'm told Rasmus Kupari was also solid for Finland in the game and narrowly missed out on several chances. "It's sad. I don't want to go through this again". Luukkonen made the original stop on a shot from Jack Hughes (2019 NHL Draft eligible), but could not get over in time to make the save on Chmelevski.

Kaapo Kakko, who's expected to go second, scored the game-winning goal in the last minute-and-a-half of Saturday night's game. "There are no words", the young Finn said through a translator.

"I think he's unbelievable". First tournament and he scores a goal like that? "Unbelievable. It sums up his tournament, for sure", said Finnish captain Aarne Talvitie. "He don't fear anything", said Eeli Tolvanen, who played four games with the Nashville Predators last month.

"He's unbelievable. He's going to be the first overall for sure".

"We were really tight". We have great personalities on the team. "We grew up as a team", he said. Finland, meanwhile, who knocked out Canada in the quarterfinal stage, will look to continue their path of upsets and win their third gold medal in 13 years.

Jesse Ylonen and Otto Latvala also scored for Finland.

"We showed at the end of the tournament why we are one of the best teams", Luukkonen said.

"It's an evaluation of the best players in that age group, so as you go up the ladder of evaluation, these opportunities serve as a really good assessment for evaluation", said Craig Button, TSN resident director of scouting and former National Hockey League general manager.

However, instead of stepping on the Americans' throats to put them out of reach in third, the Finns sat back and let the US come at them with the lead.

Cayden Primeau stopped 28-of-31 shots for the U.S. "We're the guys who control the puck", said Ahokas.

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"Just sticking together as a group ... we have just improved our game", said the 2017 second-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers. But the team's performance was lacklustre through the group phase of this year's tournament, with victories over Slovakia and Russian Federation and losses to Sweden and the U.S.

"I'm disappointed in the outcome, but I'm not disappointed in the group in there".

"The boys were fantastic; they really gave it their all".

"Finland earned what they got tonight". "We tried to come back. But that happens in games like this".

The Americans lost a single game in the round-robin, dropping a 5-4 overtime decision to Sweden on December 29.

Finland beat Canada 2-1 in overtime in the quarterfinals and topped Switzerland 6-1 in the semifinals.

It's a triumphant return to the title game after a loss in last year's semifinal to Sweden ruined any hopes of a repeat. Hollenstein stopped a Kupari shot and Talvitie's rebound appeared to go into the net, but was first waved off before a replay showed the goal was good.

"We know they're a good team", said Heponiemi.

For the Finns, they capture their first gold medal since the 2016 tournament when they hosted the event in Helsinki. We had our ups and downs in the tournament. "In the end we got the gold medal so there is nothing more we can ask". There's even a good chance he gets selected in the later rounds of the 2019 NHL Draft after winning four of his five games with a 1.45 goals-against average and.935 save percentage for bronze medal-winning Russian Federation.

Next year's tournament will be held in the Czech Republic. Poehling (6-2, 185), chosen No. 25 in the 2017 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, averaged 17:12 in ice time, had a plus-5 rating and 19 shots on goal in a silver medal-winning effort.

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