Before the ball hits Times Square in New York, the puck falls between two big stakes hockey powerhouses in Alberta.The United States and Sweden meet in the final round of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship each other and position themselves in the quarter-finals

If the United States wins on regulation, it will take the top spot in Group B and have a meeting with SlovakiaS. win in extra time, then finish second in the group and meet Germany. If they lose, they will play against Finland

The mood in Team USA is high after they have returned after an early loss to Russia with one-sided wins against Austria (11-0) and the Czech Republic (7-0) Trevor Zegras was a 10-point force (five goals, five assists) in just three games. Captain Cam York has six points, including five helpers The Americans scored goals from Arthur Kaliyev and Cole Caufield and a strong performance against Spencer Knight the Czech If head coach Nate Leaman can get a spark from these guys, it’s US. could ring on a roll in the new year

The US. will be without Patrick Moynihan sitting on injury The prospect of Devils had a late, high (and, as many would say, dirty) hit against Austria (the player was suspended for the hit two games) and was also down against the Czechs thrown around If Moynihan goes out, the Americans will attract 12 forwards and eight defenders, with Senators’ vantage point, Tyler Kleven, stepping in at the far end, and Knight is back on the net after a strong start against the Czechs

Sweden had their winning streak in the preliminary round at 54 with a loss of overtime on Wednesday night against Russia in the dwindling moments of the third half, Russia scored the decisive goal, but Russia scored the winning goal in the last seconds of the extra session The only plus for the Americans is that Sweden played a physical competition just one night ago, but beyond that this won’t be an easy meeting

Sweden is a force led by the noisy “Terror Twins” Alexander Holtz and Lucas Raymond Throw the Blue-Liners Philip Broberg, Victor Soderstrom and Tobias Bjornfot as well as the US. Will definitely have his hands full While Calle Clang started his first tournament in the first table, the table was wrong and Hugo Alnefelt will be on the net

Sporting News has it all as the US looks to finish 2020 on a high level and take first place in Group B

10:41 pm – TOR Arthur Kaliyev feeds Alex Turcotte who is standing in front of the door and Turcotte stuffs the puck in and takes his first of the tournament USA leads 4-0

10:40 pm – On penalties, Victor Soderstrom has the stick handling and he had space after pulling Knight out of position, but loses control of the puck when he goes to his forehand and doesn’t even get a shot / p>

10:39 pm – Arvid Costmar breaks in and is knocked down – and we get a penalty!

10:36 pm – GOAL Two minutes in the period A pass across Royal Street after a clean win from Trevor Zegras and Ryan Johnson buries him USA leads 3-0

10:34 pm – In the first minute of the action, Sweden has chances, including one from Lucas Raymond, that Spencer Knight will stop

10:14 pm – A Good First Period for the Americans Spencer Knight stopped nine shots as the Americans put 14 on the net, including the two from bad angles that resulted in goals

10:10 pm – Two seconds before the end, Alex Turcotte gets an additional love grip on the goalkeeper and the Swedes introduce themselves to him

9:53 pm – After saving, Alnefelt is out of position, but Alex Turcotte cannot put the puck in it, saving Victor Soderstrom with a stick and a beauty

9:44 pm – GOAL Trevor Zegras throws the shot next from the half wall on the left boards and it finds daylight over the shoulder of Alnefelt USA leading 2-0

9:39 pm – GOAL Only 1:09 in the game, Drew Helleson throws the puck out of the corner and below the goal line into the net and somehow it goes into USA leads 1-0

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Looks like the US. will face Calle Clang (PIT) in his first WJC action game Hugo Alnefelt (TBL) won’t play a second game in a row Oskar Olausson (2021) was back on SWE’s line-up after sitting outside last night on ImageTwittercom / JHaF0TO7YG

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