USA vs. Sweden live score, highlights, updates from 2023 World Juniors bronze-medal game

The U.S. is going for a medal today, and it’s not as expected. The team will face Sweden on Thursday afternoon in the 2023 World Juniors bronze medal match.

Both teams are coming off heavy semi-final defeats. USA lost to Canada, Sweden fell to Czechia.

The USA took an early 2-0 lead over their rivals, but the team gave up six straight goals in a 6-2 loss. The Americans were on the wrong end of two disallowed goals as Canada successfully challenged twice for goaltender interference and wiped USA goals off the board.

Also: Watch 2023 World Juniors Live on fuboTV (Free Trial, US Only)

There was just one minute left for Sweden to clinch their spot in the gold medal match. However, David Jiracek scored a game-tying goal 38 seconds into the game.

The USA last played in the bronze medal game in 2018 against the Czech Republic. The Americans won 9-3 to win their sixth bronze medal.

This is the second year in a row that Sweden will play for the World Juniors bronze medal. Sweden beat Czechia 3-1 in the 2022 games to finish third in the competition.

The 2023 tournament will mark the first time that these two teams will face each other.

Also: 2023 World Juniors schedule, standings, results

Sporting News provides live coverage and highlights from the USA-Sweden bronze medal match at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship.

USA vs. Sweden score

1 2 3 OT F
America 1 3
Sweden 0 3

USA vs Sweden Live Stream, 2023 World Juniors Highlights

(Eastern at all times.)

Second period

3:52 pm — Goal! The USA regained the lead as Cutter Gauthier unleashed a bomb over the shoulder of Lindbaum on the power play. The Americans try to get Gauthier on the right side for once and he makes no mistake about it. USA leads 4-3 with 10 minutes to go.

3:50 pm – Pettersson had the puck out of the game and sat out late in the game. The US goes back to the power play, which it has already struck out once.

3:47 pm — Goal! Leo Carlson rips a one-timer through Augustin to tie the game. Ufko gets out from behind his net on a breakout pass that goes to the Swede. Seconds later, it’s in the back of the USA net. 3-3 now with 11:08 left in the second.

3:44 pm — Goal! Sweden respond immediately when Oskar Pietersen picks the far corner over Augustin. Pietersen drives wide and puts a shot over Augustin’s glove. Four goals in a span of less than five minutes cut the USA lead to 3-2.

3:41 pm — Goal! Immediately after Augustin’s save on one end, Chaz Lucius took a Sweden neutral zone turnover and came up alone on Lindbaum and beat him over the glove. Jackson Blake punted and caused the turnover. USA leads 3-1.

3:41 pm – Sweden have a chance to tie the game as Liam Ogren breaks away, but Augustin makes a poor save.

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3:39 pm – Target! The Swedes reply a minute and a half later for a Ufko goal as Bysted beats Augustin under the glove. A drop pass from Leckerimäki allowed Bisted to gain time and space in the slot. 2-1 USA Now the second in less than four minutes.

3:36 pm – Target! With two seconds left on the power play, a shot by Ryan Ufko bounced through traffic and beat Lindbaum. Despite the bodies in front, Lindbaum was able to pick it up, but he was a little late with the glove. The U.S. took a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the middle frame.

3:33 pm – The second period begins with the USA on the power play at 1:53.

First period result: USA 1, Sweden 0

3:13 pm – Cooley’s tally in the opening minutes was the only goal of the period and the USA led 1-0 at the first break. Both Lindbom and Augustin were strong in the nets as expected. The Americans start the second game on the power play after a bysted penalty.

3:14 pm – Two big stops by Augustine in the dying moments of the period to keep the SUA shutout intact. Phillip Bistedt and Sean Behrens engage in an elimination match, but Bistedt’s stick hits Behrens in the face and America gets a power play.

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3:12 pm – Another power play was successfully countered by Sweden. Lindbaum has been solid so far against the Swedes, making a pair of stops for the man advantage.

3:08 pm – Noah Ostlund beat Jackson Blake, both followed the puck and the Swedish forward sat down to make the interception. A late power play in the period for the US.

3:05 pm – A strong kill from America. A couple of good saves from Augustin as he denied the Swedes any second chance opportunities.

3:01 pm – Cooley now goes to the box for holding as he pulls down Jonathan Leckerimäki in the back check. Sweden gets the first power play of the game.

3:01 pm – The U.S. cannot capitalize on the five-minute power play. Two 4-for-4s in those minutes weren’t helped by a Brindley penalty, but Sweden also had a strong PK.

2:58 pm — Luke Hughes came close to doubling America’s lead but his shot from distance hit the post.

2:57 pm — Brindley is out, so the major is under three minutes in when America resumes its power play.

2:54 pm — Immediately Gavin was called to hold Brindley so they would go 4 on 4.

2:53 pm – A five-minute major and a match penalty were assessed to Liesel. Correct call as he hit Connors in the right jaw. An extended power-play for the US.

2:51 pm — Fabian Liesel is getting the upper hand on Kenny Connors, who is sure to sit out. The question is how long. Officials are investigating.

2:42 pm — Goal! The United States are first down the group as Jimmy Snaggerud sets up Logan Cooley up front. Snuggerud gets the puck on the forecheck and finds the front puck. It was Cooley’s seventh goal of the tournament. 1-0 USA just 2:51 into the contest.

2:41 pm – Sweden had an early chance and a quality look at Augustin when William Stromgren danced in the slot, but his shot whistled wide of the net.

2:38 pm – The bronze medal game was to go from Halifax.

Pre game

2:15 pm – While the 2023 World Juniors will mark the first time the USA and Sweden will meet, several players from both sides played at the 2022 U18 World Championship, where the two nations met in the final. Sweden defeated the United States in that championship match.

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1:50 pm – Here’s how the two sides line up in the bronze medal game. Trey Augustin for the United States and Carl Lindbom for Sweden. America has no Tyler Boucher.

1:30 pm – The US, which failed to medal in the 2022 Games, is poised to medal.

USA vs. Sweden start time

  • Time: 2:30 PM ET (3:30 PM AST)

The puck drops at 2:30pm ET (3:30pm local time) from the Scotiabank Center in Halifax, NS, home of the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads.

MORE: Team Canada 2023 World Juniors Roster, Results

This will be the first of two medal games at the 2023 World Juniors.

Today which channel USA vs. Sweden?

  • Canada: TSN 1/3/4/5
  • USA: NHL Network

TSN has all the World Juniors action in Canada. In the United States, viewers can watch games on the NHL Network.

Court Miller and Mike Johnson will be on the call for TSN. James Duthie, Bob McKenzie and Cheryl Pounder will provide analysis during the break.

Stephen Nelson and Dave Starman are paired with reporter John Rosen on NHL Network for American viewers.

How to Live Stream World Juniors Hockey Games

Fans in Canada can stream all World Juniors games on or the TSN app. US fans can stream the match on fuboTV (offers a free trial), or the NHL app.

Also: Team USA roster, 2023 World Juniors schedule

USA vs Sweden Odds

  • USA: -1.5 (-115)
  • Sweden: +1.5 (-120)
  • O/U: 6.0

According to SportsInteraction, the U.S. was a 1.5-goal favorite on the puck line against Sweden in the bronze medal game.

USA World Juniors Table 2023

(Eastern at all times)

Date Opponent As a result Time (ET) TV
December 26 Latvia W, 5-2 final TSN, NHLN
December 28 Slovakia L, 6-3 Final TSN, NHLN
December 29 Switzerland W, 5-1 final TSN, NHLN
December 31st Finland W, 6-2 final TSN, NHLN
January 2 Germany (Quarter Final) W, 11-1 Final TSN, NHLN
January 4 Canada (Semifinal) L, 6-2 final TSN, NHLN
January 5 Sweden (Bronze Medal Games) 2:30 p.m TSN, NHLN


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