The U.S. is looking for a perfect 4-0-0-0 at the World Junior Championships for the first time since 2017 when it takes on Sweden in its final preliminary round game Sunday night.
The Americans last beat Austria, where Carter Mazur and Wyatt Kaiser each scored twice in the Saturday matinee.
“We knew we had to get off to a good start today,” coach Nate Leaman said after the 7-0 victory. “Our schedule was different today, and it was important for us to adjust quickly. I’m happy with how the team started the first period and kept it going.”
Team USA has practically cruised through group stage. It outscored Germany, Switzerland and Austria 19-2 through the first three contests. Sweden will be by far the Americans’ toughest test to date.
The Swedes also roll into Sunday after a win against Austria. They played last Friday and won 6-0. Sweden previously defeated Switzerland 3-2.
The winner of this game will very likely finish as No. 1 in Group B and be nicely set heading into the knockout stage.
Sporting News will provide live score updates and highlights throughout the competition.
USA vs Sweden score
Carter Mazur Tracker
Each game we will highlight a player on Team USA to follow.
For the competition against Sweden, we will focus on Carter Mazur. The University of Denver product is coming off back-to-back goals with two goal games. His four goals in the tournament trails only Canada’s Mason McTavish, and his six points are fourth among all skaters.
The 2021 third round pick of the Red Wings has been great playing on the top line with Thomas Bordeleau and Landon Slaggert. If Team USA wants to come out on top against Sweden, it will need that line to be at its best.
USA vs Sweden live updates, highlights from 2022 World Juniors
22:31 — Chances on both sides, but nothing since the Berard goal. Mbereko has been strong, but his rebound control has been a little shaky. Look for Sweden to get bodies and pucks to the net.
22:21 — GOAL! The USA takes advantage when Brett Berard takes the puck to the net from the sideline and takes his own rebound past Wallstedt. A smart power move, takes a pass from the dot and attacks Wallstedt directly. The first shot is blocked, but Berard remains resilient and he puts in the second attempt.
🇺🇸 Brett Berard converts on the power play to open the scoring for the Americans.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) August 15, 2022
22:19 — Liam Ohgren gets his stick in the skates of Luke Hughes and is called for tripping. First power play for the USA.
22:18 — Sweden just had a wide net, but they couldn’t hit it. Mbereko stopped the initial shot, but the puck bounced off his glove. A Swedish forward had the puck on his stick in the crease behind Mbereko, but it rolls off the blade.
22:10 — Early chance for Logan Cooley, who had the puck on his stick at the top of the crease, but he couldn’t get a clear shot away. A pass had gone under the stick of a Swedish defender and right to Cooley in front of Jesper Wallstedt.
21.00 — A couple of changes for Nate Leaman’s crew. Charlie Stramel comes out as Hunter McKown pulls back in. Kaiden Mbereko is back in the fold after sitting out the Austria game.
USA and Sweden about an hour from puck drop. USA has Hunter McKown back for Charlie Stramel (2023). This match will decide first place in the group. pic.twitter.com/R0lgQS2Ovp
— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) August 15, 2022
What channel is USA vs Sweden on today?
- Canada: TSN3
- United States: NHL Network
TSN has all the World Juniors action in Canada. In the US, viewers can find the games on the NHL Network.
EJ Hradek will be on the call for NHL Network. He will be joined by analyst Dave Starman and reporter Jon Rosen on the broadcast.
How to Live Stream World Juniors Hockey Matches
Fans in Canada can stream all World Juniors games on TSN.ca or the TSN app. US fans can stream the tournament on fuboTV (which comes with a free trial), NHL.tv or the NHL app.
USA vs Sweden start time
- Start time: 10:00 PM ET (8:00 PM MT)
The game between the USA and Sweden starts at 10:00 PM ET (8:00 PM local time) from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta., home of the NHL’s Oilers and the WHL’s Oil Kings.
MORE: Team USA 2022 World Juniors roster, results
It is the final match of the preliminary round for the USA, which won its first three matches. It is the third competition for Sweden who have won in their two previous matches.
USA vs Sweden odds
- USA: -1.5 (+185)
- Sweden: +1.5 (-263)
The puck line is at 1.5 for Sunday’s game between the USA and Sweden, according to Sports Interaction. The USA failed to cover the puck line against Germany but covered it in their wins over Switzerland and Austria.
USA World Juniors 2022 schedule
(All times Eastern)
|9th of August||Germany||W, 5-1||10 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|August 11||Switzerland||W, 7-1||10 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|August 13||Austria||W, 7-0||2 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|August 14||Sweden||—||10 p.m. (TSN, NHLN)|
|August 17||Quarter finals||—||TBD (TSN, NHLN)|
|August 19th||Semifinals||—||TBD (TSN, NHLN)|
|20th of August||Bronze/gold||—||TBD (TSN, NHLN)|