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Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, 6:21 p.m.

Finland didn't need arguably its best young defenseman at the World Junior Championship.

Without Olli Maatta, who is playing regularly with the Penguins, Finland bested host Sweden, 3-2, on Sunday for the gold medal.

It was the third World Junior title for Finland, which finished 5-1-1 at the tournament that was staged in Malmo, Sweden.

Penguins prospect Oskar Sundqvist, a center, finished the tournament with two goals for Sweden.

Derrick Pouliot, a Penguins defensive prospect, had a goal and five points to go with a plus-2 rating in seven games for Canada, which, like the United States, failed to medal.

Russia beat Canada, 2-1, on Sunday to win bronze.

Toronto and Montreal will co-host the 2015 World Junior Championship.

Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.

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