Ristolainen picked up the puck along the right boards, cut in front of the goal and slid a backhander under goalie Oscar Dansk's right leg pad. Finland also won the under-20 event in 1987 in Czechoslovakia and 1998 at home in Helsinki.
Sweden's tied it at 2 on Christian Djoos' power-play goal with 9:07 left in the third period.
In the third-place game, Russia beat Canada 2-1.
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