Dallas Stars prospect Roope Hintz and Finland struck gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship. The Finns defeated Russia, 4-3, in a dramatic championship game Tuesday evening in Helsinki.
Kasperi Kapanen scored on a wrap-around 93 seconds into overtime to give Finland its fourth gold medal at the World Juniors and second in the past three years.
The Russians forced overtime with just 6.9 seconds left in regulation when defenseman Ivan Provorov scored from the point with Russia’s net empty and an extra attacker on the ice. Finland had taken a 3-2 lead with 2:09 remaining in regulation on a power-play goal from Mikko Rantanen, who tipped in a shot from the point into the net.
Hintz had no points in Tuesday’s game, four shots on goal and he won six of ten faceoffs. Hintz, Dallas’ second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, finished the tournament with four points (three goals, one assist) in seven games. He won 48 of 101 faceoffs (47.5 percent).
The Finns are one of three countries to win World Junior gold on their home ice, according to the IIHF. They also did it in 1998. Russia won gold on home ice in 1983. Canada has done it multiple times (1991,1995, 2006, 2009, 2015).
The USA won the bronze medal, defeating Sweden, 8-3, in the early game on Tuesday. Anders Bjork, Matthew Tkachuk and Ryan Donato each had two goals for the Americans and Nick Schmaltz had three assists.
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