The 2019 IIHF World Championship came to an end on Sunday, with Russia taking home bronze earlier in the day and Finland providing their final upset of the tournament by beating Canada in the gold medal game.
Both Finland and Canada had consistent and strong performances throughout the tournament, but ultimately Finland did just enough to win 3-1.
With the victory, Kaapo Kakko, a likely top-two pick at the 2019 NHL Draft, became a three-time gold medallist, winning championships at all three top levels of the World Championship. Kakko won gold at the Under-18 World Junior Championships with Finland in 2018, and both the Under-20 and World Championship in 2019.
He is 18-years-old.
Finland Captain Marko Antilla scored the first two of Finland’s goals, with Harri Pesonen solidifying the win with the third tally. Even with goaltender Matt Murray pulled for the extra attacker, Canada could not find a way to beat Finnish goaltender Kevin Lankinen.
Though Kakko didn’t score in the final, he did finish seventh overall in the tournament in goals, tallying six in ten games played. That is pretty impressive, considering the NHL talent that he matched up against over the last two weeks.
Kaapo Kakko's strength and puck protection is just disgusting. pic.twitter.com/XakM5dNC2O
— Alex Nunn (@aj_ranger) May 26, 2019
With their win, Finland chose the celebrate with We Are the Champions blasting.
Headline photo: Matt Zambonin/HHOF-IIHF Images
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