Sabres prospects Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen and Oskari Laaksonen earned gold medals Saturday as Finland downed the United States, 3-2, in a dramatic final to win the World Junior Championship in Vancouver.
Defenseman Mattias Samuelsson, the Sabres' second-round pick in 2018, earned a silver medal.
Finland had a 2-0 lead but Team USA got third-period goals from Josh Norris and Alexander Chmelevski.
Kaapo Kakko, 17, scored the game-winner with 1:26 remaining in the game as Finland avenged a 4-1 loss to the Americans in round robin play and won the tournament for the first time since 2014.
Finland has now won the tournament five times.
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Luukonen, who shined throughout the tournament, finished with 25 saves.
Team USA went 0-for-5 on the power play, despite a number of good scoring chances. A power-play goal was overturned on video review.
Cayden Primeau made 28 saves for Team USA.