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Pokka Captures Gold at World Juniors

The Islanders prospect wins gold as Finland downs Sweden 3-2 in overtime at WJC.

Sunday, 01.5.2014 / 6:41 PM ET / News
By Sarah Holzberg
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Pokka Captures Gold at World Juniors
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Ville Pokka (12) celebrates a goal during Finland's 3-2 overtime win over Sweden on Sunday. (courtesy: IIHF)

Islanders prospect Ville Pokka, and Team Finland, won World Junior gold Sunday, beating Team Sweden 3-2 in overtime in the championship game. Pokka, the Islanders second-round selection in 2012, was plus-two in the final and finished the tournament with one goal and three assists. Pokka was named one of Finland’s top-three players by the coaches and his plus-seven rating was the highest amongst all defensemen in the tournament.

Finland lost twice in the preliminary round, including a 4-2 setback against the host Swedes, but turned it on in the playoffs, beating Canada 5-1 in the semifinals before edging its rival in the final.

Click here to read the full recap of the gold medal game. (IIHF)

Click here for the official scoresheet. (IIHF)

Click here for the list of defensive scoring leaders. (IIHF)

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