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PROSPECTS: Jokiharju's Finns take gold

The Blackhawks young defenseman recorded an assist in Finland's 3-2 win over Team USA

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GOLD MEDAL GAME - FIN 3, USA 2: In a wild finish to the 2019 World Juniors, Finland scored with 1:26 left in the game to steal victory and gold. Blackhawks defenseman Henri Jokiharju recorded the second assist on the game-winning goal by Kaapo Kakko.

Jokiharju had four shots on goal for the game and finished the tournament with two goals and three assists in seven appearances.

Evan Barratt was held off the board for USA in the game, finishing his tournament with one goal in seven outings. Barratt will return to Penn State, where he leads the NCAA in scoring with 

    BRONZE MEDAL GAME - RUS 5, SUI 2: Blackhawks prospect Philipp Kurashev's tournament came to an end with a loss to Russia in the bronze medal game on Saturday night. Kurashev had no points and finished the game with five shots on goal for the Swiss, playing 21:36.

    Tweet from @coreypronman: All-Stars as voted by the media:G Luukkonen-FinlandD Romanov-RussiaD Brannstrom-SwedenF Denisenko-RussiaF Kurashev-SwitzerlandF Poehling-USAMVP Poehling-USA

    Kurashev led the tournament in goals with six in seven games and also fired a whopping 28 shots on net, giving him a shooting percentage of 21.43. The forward was named a tournament All-Star by the media covering the event.

    The 2018 fourth-round pick of the Blackhawks heads back to the QMJHL, where he had 43 points (18G, 25A) in 33 games for the Quebec Remparts.

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