Michigan defenseman Jack Johnson kept Team USA’s medal hopes alive by scoring an overtime goal to beat Sweden 3-2 on Sunday.
If Team USA would have lost the game, the highest it could have finished is seventh. Instead, the Americans will begin their medal quest at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday against Finland.
Sweden stunned Team USA by tying the game with 14 seconds left, but the Americans took advantage of a power-play opportunity in the five-minute overtime period. The game would have been decided by a shootout if nobody scored in overtime.
The Swedes held a 1-0 lead in the second but the Americans got back-to-back goals by Patrick Kane and Ryan Stoa to take the lead — which held up until the final seconds.
UND defensemen Brian Lee and Taylor Chorney will miss this weekend’s Colorado College series should the Americans beat the Finns. If not, Team USA will be done Thursday and UND coach Dave Hakstol said the coaches will have a decision to make.
The Sioux can have 22 players on their travel roster.
Here is the World Junior bracket:
Quarterfinal: USA vs. Finland (Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.)
Semifinal: Winner vs. Canada (Wednesday, 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.)
Quarterfinal: Czech Republic vs. Sweden (Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.)
Semifinal: Winner vs. Russia (Wednesday, 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.)
Fifth place game — 9 a.m. Thursday
Bronze medal game — 9 a.m. Friday
Gold medal game — 12:30 p.m. Friday
I believe the rest of Team USA’s games will be on TSN and the NHL Center Ice package. TSN.ca also will be webcasting the games.