For the first time in tournament history, Penn State was represented at the World Junior Championship.
Following Team Finland’s thrilling 3-2 win over Team USA, both Nittany Lions who made the trip to British Columbia for the 2019 tournament will return to State College with hardware around their necks.
Despite suffering a leg injury during the gold medal game, Finnish captain Aarne Talvitie helped guide his nation to its fifth gold medal. Talvitie’s victory came at the expense of Barratt’s defeat, as the Americans settled for silver.
Penn State’s Director of Hockey Operations Alex Dawes also earned a silver medal for Team USA as a video coach.
After a scoreless first period, Team Finland opened the scoring on a power play with Barratt in the box for goalie interference. The Finns doubled their lead six minutes into the third period.
The Americans wouldn’t go out quietly, however. Just over a minute after Finland’s second goal, Team USA began to mount its comeback, knotting the game at two just 2:47 after Finland’s second tally.
As both sides pushed for the winning goal, the Finns received a fortunate break. With just 1:26 remaining in regulation, Kaapo Kakko netted the golden goal for Team Finland.