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World Juniors 2019: Kaapo Kakko’s late goal wins gold medal for Finland against U.S.

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Blackhawks’ Henri Jokiharju recorded an assist on the game-winning goal.

Finland v United States: Gold Medal Game - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

Kaapo Kakko scored the game-winning goal with 1:26 left in the third period to lift Finland to a 3-2 win over the United States to claim gold at the World Junior Championship on Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Blackhawks defenseman Henri Jokiharju fired a shot from the blue line and Kakko — a top prospect for this year’s NHL draft — collected the rebound and buried it for Finland to win its first World Juniors gold since 2016.

Jokiharju had two goals and three assists in the tournament, while Blackhawks prospect Evan Barratt had one goal in his first World Juniors appearance for the United States.

The Americans thought they scored the first goal of the game when Oliver Wahlstrom (Islanders) roofed a rebound on a Ryan Poehling (Canadiens) into the net. However, Josh Norris (Senators) was in the crease, causing the goal to be waved off for a crease violation penalty.

Jesse Ylonen (Canadiens) netted the first goal on a power play opportunity from a Barratt goaltender interference penalty, and Otto Latvala added another for a 2-0 Finland lead.

The Americans roared back with third-period goals in a 1:46 span from Alexander Chmelevski (Sharks) and Norris.

Earlier in the day, Blackhawks forward prospect Philipp Kurashev and Switzerland fell 5-2 to Russia in the bronze-medal game. He led all Chicago players in the tournament in scoring with six goals and seven points. Kurashev was named to the tournament all-star team.