University of Massachusetts hockey freshman goaltender Fille Lindberg became the third Minuteman in program history to win gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship when Team Finland defeated the United States, 3-2 in the Gold Medal Game on Saturday night in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Espoo, Finland native joins current teammate Cale Makar
who took home the 2018 title with Canada last year and former UMass forward Stephen Werner (2002-06), who won a Gold Medal with Team USA in 2004.
"The entire UMass hockey team and staff is happy for our friend and great teammate, Fille Lindberg," said UMass head coach Greg Carvel
. "What a great experience for Fille! Just as Cale Makar
did last year, Fille has represented our program in a first-class manner and his experience will further develop his game and our program. Congratulations to Fille and Team Finland."
Lindberg earned an 18-save shutout in Finland's 5-0 victory over Kazakhstan in the Preliminary Round. He has appeared in four games thus far as a freshman for the Minutemen this season and holds a 1.73 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage over 242 minutes in net. He has posted wins at Rensselaer (3-1), at Merrimack (4-3, OT), and at Holy Cross (3-1) with his one setback coming on the road against then-ranked No. 1 Ohio State where he made a season-high 36 saves.