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

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The United States are going for a medal today, just not the one it was hoping for. The team faces Sweden Thursday afternoon in the 2023 World Juniors bronze-medal game. 

Both teams are coming off of tough semifinal losses. The United States lost to Canada, while Sweden fell to Czechia. 

The USA grabbed an early 2-0 lead over its rivals, but the team gave up six consecutive goals en route to 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 the USA goals off the board.

MORE: Watch the 2023 World Juniors live with fuboTV (free trial, U.S. only)

Sweden was less than a minute away from clinching its berth in the gold-medal game. However, a game-tying goal by David Jiricek with 38 seconds left forced overtime, and Jiri Kulich potted the eventual game-winner for the Czechs. 

The last time the USA played in the bronze-medal game was in 2018 against Czechia. The Americans won 9-3 to earn its sixth bronze at the tournament. 

This is the second consecutive year that Sweden is playing for a World Juniors bronze medal. The Swedes defeated Czechia 3-1 at the 2022 games to earn a third-place finish at the tournament. 

It is the first time these two teams are playing against each other at the 2023 tournament. 

MORE: 2023 World Juniors schedule, standings, results

The Sporting News is providing live updates and highlights from the USA-Sweden bronze-medal matchup at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship.

USA vs. Sweden score

  1 2 3 OT F
USA 1 4 2 1 8
Sweden 5 2 7

USA vs. Sweden live updates, highlights from 2023 World Juniors

(All times Eastern.)

Final: USA 8, Sweden 7 (OT)

5:11 p.m. — GOAL! Lucius wins it in overtime for the USA. He pulls a loose puck at the side of the crease and beats Lindbom over the right side to complete the hat trick. The bronze medal goes to the United States. 

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

5:09 p.m. — Overtime has begun. Next goal wins the bronze. 

End of the third period: USA 7, Sweden 7

5:07 p.m. — What a game. After the USA takes a late lead, Sweden ties it with the goalie pulled. To overtime we go. 

5:04 p.m. — GOAL! Tie game yet again! Bystedt puts home a puck in the crease with 21 seconds left to knot things yet again. After Sweden gave up a late game-tying goal to Czechia in the semis, it does it to the USA in the bronze-medal game. 


— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

5:03 p.m. — Lindbom to the bench. Sweden has its extra attacker out. 

5:02 p.m. — Good goal. The USA has the lead with 1:37 left in the bronze-medal game. It is credited to Gauthier. 

5 p.m. — GOAL! McGroarty jams home a loose puck in the crease and with 1:37 to go, the USA takes a 7-6 lead. The puck just barely crossed over the line before Lindbom pulled it out, but it completely crossed over. Sweden is going to challenge for goalie interference. 

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

4:57 p.m. — And here we go. The USA gets a power play with just over two minutes left as Carlsson trips Cooley. Remember that Sweden took a late penalty in its quarterfinal matchup against Finland, but Victor Stjernborg scored a shorthanded goal to break the tie. 

4:55 p.m. — Now the USA responds with its best shifts of the period. Hughes has been noticeably better in this period than he was earlier. There’s under three minutes to go in the tied contest. 

4:51 p.m. — Sweden has been by far the better team in this third, outshooting the Americans 14-6 in the third. The USA just does not have the legs like the team has shown throughout the tournament, but it is still in the game. 

4:45 p.m. — Credit to Mbereko for being thrown into a tough situation while cold, but he needs to be better with his rebound control. A couple of shots that he has saved has resulted in pretty juicy second-chance opportunities for the Swedes. 

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4:41 p.m. — Hughes sends a message to his bench after the game-tying goal. 

“We’re not losing this game” – Luke Hughes 🗣️#WorldJuniors

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

4:40 p.m. — GOAL! My word, what an individual effort by Hughes to tie the game. He tried to spin around Adam Engstrom with the puck, got knocked down, but as he was on his knees, he fired a shot along the ice and it beat Lindbom. We’re back to a tied game with 11:43 left. 


— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

4:39 p.m. — Cooley gets a mini-breakaway attempt and tries to beat Lindbom through the legs, but the Swedish goalie denies the American. 

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

4:33 p.m. — GOAL! Sweden gets its first lead of the game as Ostlund beats Mbereko with a shot on the short side. Ostlund came out from behind the net looking for a pass, had no options and elected to shoot. Sweden is ahead 6-5 four minutes into the third. 

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

4:27 p.m. — Final 20 minutes are underway with a bronze-medal on the line. 

4:26 p.m. — Augustine’s day is done. Kaidan Mbereko takes over in the crease for the USA. Augustine allowed five goals on 20 shots. 

End of the second period: USA 5, Sweden 5

4:09 p.m. — What a period. Nine combined goals between the USA and Sweden and at the end of it, it’s a 5-5 tie. There was absolutely no structure or defense in those 20 minutes on either side, resulting in goals galore in the frame. 

4:07 p.m. — GOAL! Just 30 seconds after the Oscarson goal, Ohgren ties the game up. Augustine comes out to play the puck, but his pass goes right to Ohgren and he fires it into the empty net. 5-5 with 42 seconds left in the second. This period has been chaotic from start to finish. 

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

4:06 p.m. — GOAL! Sweden’s power play comes through with a goal by Milton Oscarson to cut it to a 5-4 game. Augustine made the first save on Oscarson attempt, but the puck rolled through his legs and Oscarson knocked in the loose puck. A one-goal game with about a minute left in the second. 

— EP Rinkside (@EPRinkside) January 5, 2023

4:04 p.m. — Ukfo hip checks Stromgren chasing a dump-in, but it was a second too late and he’s called for interference. Sweden gets a late power play chance to make it a one-goal game. 

4:02 p.m. — Lucius spins and fires a shot on net from the dot and Sam Lipkin somehow could not put it in with Lindbom out of position. The puck rolled through the crease from one side and out the other. 

3:58 p.m. — GOAL! Lucius rushes in and uses his quick release to beat Lindbom by the blocker. The USA regain a two-goal lead with its fourth goal of the second period. Defense has been highly optional on both sides in this period. 

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

3:57 p.m. — Lindbom denies Hughes on a mini-breakaway, as the USA defender tries to get a backhand by the goalie, but the Swede makes the pad save. 

— EP Rinkside (@EPRinkside) January 5, 2023

3:52 p.m. — GOAL! The USA retakes the lead as Cutter Gauthier unleashes a bomb over the shoulder of Lindbom on the power play. The Americans have been trying to get Gauthier the one-timer on the right side and he mad no mistake on that one. USA leads 4-3 with under 10 minutes to go. 

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

3:50 p.m. — Pettersson chips the puck out of play and will sit for delay of game. USA heads back to the power play, which already has struck once. 

3:47 p.m. — GOAL! Leo Carlsson ties the game as he rips a one-timer by Augustine. Ufko whiffs on a breakout pass coming out from behind his net and it goes right to Sweden. Seconds later, it’s in the back of the USA net. 3-3 now with 11:08 remaining in the second. 

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

3:44 p.m. — GOAL! Sweden answers right away, as Oskar Pettersson picks the far-side corner on Augustine. Pettersson drove in wide and put a perfectly placed shot over Augustine’s glove. That’s four goals in a span of less than five minutes and the USA lead is cut down to 3-2. 

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

3:41 p.m. — GOAL! Right after the Augustine save at one end, Chaz Lucius takes a Sweden neutral zone turnover, gets in alone on Lindbom and beats him up over the glove. Jackson Blake was the one to poke the puck away and cause the turnover. USA takes a 3-1 lead. 

Chaz Lucius answers for the Americans 1:33 after Sweden’s goal to restore their two-goal lead.#WorldJuniors

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

3:41 p.m. — Sweden with a chance to tie the game as Liam Ohgren accelerates for a breakaway, but Augustine makes a pad save. 

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3:39 p.m. — GOAL! The Swedes answer about a minute and a half after the Ufko goal, as Bystedt beats Augustine under the glove. A drop pass from Lekkerimaki allowed Bystedt to have time and space in the slot. 2-1 USA now less than four minutes into the second. 

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

3:36 p.m. — GOAL! The USA doubles its lead with two second left on the power play as a shot by Ryan Ufko from the point gets through traffic and beats Lindbom. Even with the bodies in front, Lindbom was able to pick it up, but he was just a tad late with the glove. USA leads 2-0 less than two minutes into the middle frame. 

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

3:33 p.m. — The second period starts with the USA on the power play for the first 1:53. 

End of the first period: USA 1, Sweden 0

3:13 p.m. — Cooley’s tally in the opening minutes is the only goal of the period and the USA take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Both Lindbom and Augustine have been strong in the nets, as expected. The Americans begin the second on the power play as the Bystedt penalty carries over. 

3:14 p.m. — Two big stops by Augustine in the dying moments of the period to keep the SUA shutout intact. Filip Bystedt and Sean Behrens get into a shoving match, but Bystedt’s stick hits Behrens in the face and the USA get a power play. 

— EP Rinkside (@EPRinkside) January 5, 2023

3:12 p.m. — Another power play successfully killed off by Sweden. Lindbom has been solid so far in net for the Swedes, making a couple stops on the man advantage. 

3:08 p.m. — Noah Ostlund takes down Jackson Blake as the two were pursuing the puck and the Swedish forward sits for interference. A late power play in the period for the USA. 

3:05 p.m. — A strong kill from the USA. A couple of good saves from Augustine where he did not allow second-chance opportunities for the Swedes. 

3:01 p.m. — Cooley now heads to the box for holding as he dragged down Jonathan Lekkerimaki on the back check. Sweden gets its first power play of the game. 

3:01 p.m. — The USA can’t capitalize on the five-minute power play. It didn’t help that two of those minutes was 4 on 4 thanks to the Brindley penalty, but Sweden also had a strong PK. 

2:58 p.m. — Luke Hughes comes close to doubling the USA lead, but his shot from far out rings the post. 

2:57 p.m. — Brindley is out, so the USA resumes its power play with just under three minutes remaining on the major. 

2:54 p.m. — Immediately Gavin Brindley is called for holding so they’ll go to 4 on 4. 

2:53 p.m. — A five-minute major and a match penalty assessed to Lysell. The right call as he hit Connors right in the jaw. An extended power-play for the USA. 

Fabian Lysell has been assessed a 5-minute match penalty for a check to the head on Kenny Connors.#WorldJuniors

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

2:51 p.m. — Fabian Lysell lands a high hit on Kenny Connors and he will certainly sit. The question is for how long. The officials are going to review it. 

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2:42 p.m. — GOAL! The USA get on the board first as Jimmy Snuggerud sets up Logan Cooley in front. Snuggerud gets the puck on the forecheck and finds Cooley in front. That’s Cooley’s seventh goal of the tournament. 1-0 USA just 2:51 into the contest. 

Logan Cooley capitalizes off the turnover to give USA a 1-0 lead 🚨#WorldJuniors

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 5, 2023

2:41 p.m. — An early chance for Sweden as William Stromgren dances through the slot and gets a quality look on Augustine, but his shot whistles wide of the net. 

2:38 p.m. — The bronze-medal game is a go from Halifax. 


2:15 p.m. — While this is the first time the USA and Sweden are meeting at the 2023 World Juniors, a number of players on both sides played at the 2022 U18 World Championship where the two countries met in the final. Sweden defeated the USA in that championship game. 

1:50 p.m. — Here is how the two sides are lining up for the bronze-medal game. Trey Augustine gets the net for the USA, Carl Lindbom for Sweden. No Tyler Boucher for the USA. 

Final lines for the US and Sweden in the bronze medal game.

— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) January 5, 2023

1:30 p.m. — The U.S. is ready to claim a medal after failing to do so at the 2022 tournament. 

— USA Hockey (@usahockey) January 5, 2023

USA vs. Sweden start time

  • Time: 2:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. AST)

The puck drops at 2:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. local time) from the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, N.S., the home of the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads. 

MORE: Team Canada 2023 World Juniors roster, results

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

What channel is USA vs. Sweden on today?

  • Canada: TSN 1/3/4/5
  • United States: NHL Network

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

Gord Miller and Mike Johnson will be on TSN’s call. James Duthie, Bob McKenzie and Cheryl Pounder will provide analysis during intermissions.

Stephen Nelson and Dave Starman are the duo on NHL Network for the American audience, along with reporter Jon Rosen. 

How to live stream World Juniors hockey games

Fans in Canada can stream all World Juniors games at or the TSN app. U.S. fans can stream the tournament on fuboTV (which offers a free trial), or the NHL app.

MORE: Team USA roster, schedule for 2023 World Juniors

USA vs. Sweden odds

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

The US is a 1.5-goal favorite on the puck line against Sweden in the bronze medal game, according to Sports Interaction.

USA World Juniors schedule 2023

(All times Eastern)

Date Opponent Result Time (ET) TV
Dec. 26 Latvia W, 5-2 FINAL TSN, NHLN
Dec. 28 Slovakia L, 6-3 FINAL TSN, NHLN
Dec. 29 Switzerland W, 5-1 FINAL TSN, NHLN
Dec. 31 Finland W, 6-2 FINAL TSN, NHLN
Jan. 2 Germany (Quarterfinals) W, 11-1 FINAL TSN, NHLN
Jan. 4 Canada (Semifinals) L, 6-2 FINAL TSN, NHLN
Jan. 5 Sweden (Bronze-medal game) 2:30 p.m.  TSN, NHLN

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