KAMLOOPS, B.C. -- Josh Norris (Oxford, Mich.) scored two goals, including the game-winner with one second left in overtime, as the U.S. topped Sweden, 5-4, here at the World Junior Summer Showcase.
The game opened with back-to-back goals from Rickard Hugg three minutes into the contest to put Sweden up, 2-0.
At the 11:19 mark, Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) cut the U.S. deficit to one when he beat Swedish netminder Adam Ahman. The play started when Quinn Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) carried the puck into the zone and cut back along the right wall before finding his brother, Jack, at the top of the right circle for a shot that slid through Ahman’s legs.
With 4:53 left in the opening frame, Isac Lundestrom tucked a shot past U.S. netminder Cayden Primeau (Voorhees, N.J.) to give Sweden a 3-1 lead entering the first intermission.
In the second frame, Jason Robertson (Northville, Mich.) connected 5:35 into the stanza to bring the U.S. back within one. Quinn Hughes was again behind the play, this time skating along the right side and around a defenseman before tossing the puck into the slot where Robertson was able to one-time the pass over the right pad of Ahman.
Paul Cotter (Canton, Mich.) then knotted the score, 3-3, with 6:32 left in the middle period. After taking a pass from Mattias Samuelsson (Voorhees, N.J.) in the neutral zone, Cotter carried the puck into the offensive zone and around a Swedish defenseman on the right wall before tucking the puck into the top right corner for the game-tying goal.
In the third period, Fabian Zetterlund put Sweden up, 4-3, when he was able to redirect a centering pass through Primeau at the 9:14 mark.
Three minutes later, Norris brought the U.S. level, 4-4, when he fired home a shot from the right circle off a pass from Matt Anderson (Skakopee, Minn.)
Neither team could net the game-winner in the final 7:47 of regulation and the game entered a five-minute, three-on-three overtime period.
In the waning seconds, Quinn Hughes deked around a defender in the slot and slid a cross-crease pass to Norris, who buried the game-winner with just over a second remaining in the extra stanza.
The U.S. returns to action tomorrow (Aug. 3) when it takes on Finland at Sandman Centre here in Kamloops. Puck drop is set for 1 p.m. local (4 p.m. ET) and will be televised live in the United States on NHL Network.
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|Mon., July 30||USA Blue vs. Sweden||L, 1-3||N/A|
|USA White vs. Finland||W, 5-2||N/A|
|Tues., July 31||Canada White vs. USA Blue||W, 3-2||N/A|
|Canada Red vs. USA White||W, 7-5||N/A|
|Thurs., Aug. 2||USA vs. Sweden||OTW, 5-4||NHL Network|
|Fri., Aug. 3||USA vs. Finland||W, 2-1||NHL Network|
|Sat., Aug. 4||Canada vs. USA||L, 5-6||NHL Network|