Devils prospect Blake Pietila and Team USA have captured gold at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
The U.S. knocked off defending champion Sweden, 3-1, on Saturday to claim its third world junior gold, and second in the last four years.
Pietila, the Devils’ fifth-round selection in 2011, played in all seven games for the Americans, registering two assists, 11 shots and a plus-5. He finished the tournament with a 20-for-32 (63%) record on faceoffs.
A native of Milford, Mich., Pietila is in his sophomore season at Michigan Tech (CCHA), where he has 10 goals and two assists for 12 points in 17 games.