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Live: Bronze medal game, U.S. vs. Sweden

We're here from HSBC Arena for the bronze-medal game between the U.S. and Sweden.

Kind of a downer that the U.S. won't win the gold in back-to-back years but this is a meaningful game considering the World Junior Team from the U.S. has never medaled in back-to-back years.

Third period

5:13 p.m.: Puck drop.

19:08 left: USA chants equals another goal. Drew Shore tips in point shot through screen by Justin Faulk. One of those gritty goals. USA leads, 2-1.

14:04: U.S. fails to convert on power play with chance to increase lead. Few chances. Also these teams are playing a little cranky - which is good to see. Makes it seem like playing for third place means something to them. Both did vow to play better after being kind of blah for stretches of their respective semifinal losses.

8:47: U.S. holds 39-29 edge in shots here. Have gotten close to increasing lead but haven't been able to sneak one by Wentzel in tight.

8:20: U.S. increases its lead. Bjugstad with a nice redirection while skating past front of crease on point shot from Nick Leddy. U.S. leads, 3-1.

5:42: Jesper Fasth scores on his own rebound, winning battle in front with Leddy. U.S. leads, 3-2.

1:53: U.S. gets insurance goal. Kreider gets his second, fires shot short side top shelf and knocks off water bottle from left circle to finish off 2-on-1 with Palmieri. U.S. leads, 4-2.

Oops sorry about that. U.S. wins bronze. Final, 4-2.

Second period

4:24 p.m: Puck drop.

17:00 left: How novel! Some USA chants. Couple Sweden ones uttered in retort but not as loudly.

16:00 left; Nick Bjugstad fires high on chance near left hash mark.

15:41: Campbell two fine saves.

12:39: Schmozzle in Swedish crease and still nothing for the Americans.

8:32: Fine save on redirection by Rickard Rakell by Campbell. He looks really sharp.

8:02: Sweden scores. Oscar Lindberg knocks in a rebound under a sprawled Campbell after he made a save. Sweden leads, 1-0.

6:28: Chants of USA, USA as Americans finally score. Chris Kreider on the power play off assist by Chris Brown and Jon Merrill. Tied, 1-1.

End of second: Tied 1-1. Shots 24-18 in favor of U.S. for game. Campbell a little busier that period and made some fine saves. U.S. scores, just its second goal in past six periods.

First period

3:39 p.m.: Puck drop.

19:40 left: Sweden's Carl Klingberg and U.S. Jeremy Morin battle on the ice in corner in Sweden zone behind the play.

18:00: Jack Campbell makes great sprawling right pad save on one-timer from left circle by Calle Jarnkrok during power play.

14:35: On U.S. power play, Kyle Palmieri and CHris Kreider work nice give and go but Palmieri's one-timer stopped by Sweden goalie Fredrik Petersson Wentzel, who got call instead of Ottawa prospect Robin Lehner.

13:38: Another fine save by Wentzel, this time on door-step attempt by Chris Brown toward end of power play.

9:49: What is going on here? The U.S. dumps it in during a 4 on 2 and caromed off boards easy for goalie to freeze.

8:49: Swedes crashing net hard. U.S. defense needs to plant someone quickly to make them think twice about getting near Campbell.

6:00: Emerson Etem fires over net on fat rebound in front of net after Brock Nelson is stopped.

5:32: U.S. buzzing around Sweden crease but can't slip it in, but fans in attendance, mostly dressed in Canada jerseys gives them some applause for a good shift.

4:55: First let's go Canada chant of the day.

2:35: Etem misses wide on another open net, this time off feed from Nelson.

End of first: U.S. holds 13-5 edge in shots. U.S. came on latter half of period, but scoring woes continue. Etem fails to cash on two golden scoring opportunities that most beer leaguers wouldn't miss. Just a sample of how snake-bitten Team USA has been for most of the tournament offensively. Only three goals past two games. Campbell tested early and makes some fine saves.

---Miguel Rodriguez

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