MONTREAL – Finland shocked the host country to walk away with a gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Malmo, Sweden.
Facing the powerhouse Swedes in the finals, the Finns, featuring Habs prospect Artturi Lehkonen, came away with a 2-1 win to finish the 11-day tournament at the top of the podium.
Lehkonen, who wore an “A” for Finland at the tournament, was taking part in his second World Juniors after finishing out of the medals at the 2013 championships. This time around, the 18-year-old Finn picked up TWO goals and TWO assists in seven games, including scoring the game-winning marker in a 5-1 win over Canada in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon.
The high-flying forward also got in on the scoresheet in the final on Sunday, chipping in with an assist on Saku Maenalaen’s goal to give the Finns a 2-1 lead in the second period.
The win marks Finland’s third-ever gold medal at the annual Junior tournament, having previously won in 1987 and 1998, when the event was held in Helsinki.
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