The U.S. National Junior Team won a back-and-forth tilt 6-4 over Sweden, as Nick Robertson tallied two goals to lead Team USA. In total, five different U.S. skaters scored goals, while Spencer Knight and Dustin Wolf split netminder duties.
“I thought we played much harder and came out strong after first intermission,” said head coach Scott Sandelin. “I’m glad we showed what we did, come back with that effort and get the results.”
Team USA forced possession in the first few minutes of the game, but Sweden pushed back and took an early 3-0 lead heading into intermission.
Twenty-four seconds into the second period, the U.S. took a penalty and Sweden look poised to score again. However, it would be Shane Pinto creating an offensive chance, as he intercepted a pass and fired a shorthanded attempt on net. The U.S. would go on to kill the penalty and carry momentum.
Curtis Hall capitalized on a slot pass 2:38 into the second and fired his shot to the top corner over the outstretched glove of Swedish goaltender Hugo Alnefelt. Two more U.S. goals came within the next six minutes, first from Cole Caufield in tight, and then from Pinto who buried a Spencer Stastney rebound to tie the game at three apiece.
Knight faced back-to-back scoring opportunities in front of his own net, his final two saves of the night, before Wolf entered at 10:15 in the second period.
With the game tied 3-3, the U.S. had its first power play opportunity with 5:51 remaining in the middle period. Zac Jones fired a puck from the blue line, sending the glass behind the net shattering to the ice. Both teams waited to complete the final 4:40 of the period on clean ice. Two minutes in, Robertson pounced on a turnover in the neutral zone to give the U.S. its first lead of the game. Robertson would score again, this time on the powerplay, as he skated through two defenders and finished on his backhand with only one second remaining in the period.
Thirty seconds into the third period, Sweden came tearing through the U.S. zone on an early three-on-one opportunity, but K’Andre Miller battled back to break up the play. Sweden tallied a power play goal 7:38 into the final frame, and seven minutes later found themselves on the man advantage once again. Ty Emberson helped keep the game 5-4 with two crucial blocks while Wolf shut down Sweden’s attack. As time expired Miller took a Robertson pass and scored an empty-net goal, putting the U.S. up 6-4. Nick Robertson was named U.S. Player of the Game.
06:44 – 🇸🇪 GOAL – Ginning (Höglander, Fagemo)
08:28 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Robertson, interference
14:05 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Turcotte, interference
17:05 – 🇸🇪 GOAL – Broberg (H. Gustafsson)
18:37 – 🇸🇪 GOAL – Henriksson (Söderström)
20:24 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Zegras, high sticking
22:38 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Hall (Brink)
25:21 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Caufield (Beecher)
28:22 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Pinto (Stastney)
34:09 – 🇸🇪 PEN – Ginning, cross checking
37:15 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Robertson (Stastney)
39:59 – 🇺🇸 GOAL – Robertson (Pinto)
46:11 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Kaliyev, high sticking
47:38 – 🇸🇪 PP GOAL – Holtz (Berggren, Pašić)
54:27 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Zegras, slashing
59:15 – 🇺🇸 EN GOAL – Miller (Robertson)
W: 🇺🇸 Knight (7-10), Wolf (9-10)
L: 🇸🇪 Alnefelt (23-28)
SHOTS ON GOAL
🇺🇸 3+11+15 = 29
🇸🇪 7+8+5 = 20
🇺🇸 Goaltenders: Spencer Knight, Dustin Wolf. Defence: Ty Emberson, Zac Jones, Christian Krygier, K’Andre Miller, Alec Regula, Spencer Stastney, Cam York. Forwards: John Beecher, Bobby Brink, Cole Caufield, Parker Ford, Curtis Hall, Trevor Janicke, Arthur Kaliyev, Shane Pinto, Jacob Pivonka, Nick Robertson, Alex Turcotte, Oliver Wahlstrom, Trevor Zegras.
🇸🇪 Goaltenders: Hugo Alnefelt, Jesper Eliasson, Erik Portillo. Defence: Tobias Björnfot, Philip Broberg, Adam Ginning, Nils Lundkvist, Mattias Norlinder, Rasmus Sandin, Victor Söderström. Forwards: Oskar Bäck, Jonatan Berggren, Albin Eriksson, Samuel Fagemo, David Gustafsson, Hugo Gustafsson, Karl Henriksson, Alexander Holtz, Nils Höglander, Linus Nässén, Nikola Pašić, Linus Öberg.
|🇺🇸 UNITED STATES||vs.||SWEDEN (C) 🇸🇪|
(previous 04 Jan 2018)
|Last Title||reign ends
(since 08 Nov 2019)
(+ 2 ties)
|First IHLC Meeting (USA vs. SWE)
🇸🇪 SWE 5-5 USA 🇺🇸 – 28 Dec 1979 – WJC – Vantaa 🇫🇮
|Previous IHLC Meeting (USA vs. SWE)
🇸🇪 SWE 5-4 USA 🇺🇸 (OT) – 29 Dec 2018 – WJC – Victoria 🇨🇦
|Last IHLC Game
🇸🇪 SWE 5-1 CZE 🇨🇿 – 20 Dec 2019 – EX – Frýdek-Místek 🇨🇿
|Next IHLC Game
🇺🇸 USA 7-1 GER 🇩🇪 – 23 Dec 2019 – EX – Havířov 🇨🇿