Adam Judd put in an excellent performance to give the US a 3-2 win in overtime, which gave Sweden their first loss at the World Hockey Championship on Saturday in Tampere.
The Ottawa Senator striker engaged in all three goals for his country and sealed the victory by accepting TJ Tynan’s extra 2-on-1 surrender.
Judit also tied the match 1-1 in the first period, before colluding with Nate Schmidt’s success at the end of the second half.
The Swedish national team, unbeaten so far in the preliminary round, remained in second place in Group B, behind Finland. They responded to the Americans with networks of Rasmus Dahlen and Karl Grundström.
The Finns, the local favorites, played their sixth game on the same day and beat the Austrians 3-0.
Valtteri Vilpola, Mikael Granlund and Toni Raggala inserted the needle, while goalkeeper Jose Olkenora blocked all 19 shots he faced. In contrast, David Madlner performed well in front of the Austrian goal with 36 saves.
Finland has 16 points, four more than Sweden. The latter, however, has a game in hand.
Victory awaits Canada
In Helsinki, Denmark easily beat France 3-0 thanks to 19 balls from goalkeeper Sebastian Dehm.
Fourth in Group A, the Danes will be Canada’s next challengers on Monday.
Peter Regin and Joachim Blichfield cheated vigilant Henri-Corentin Buysse, who faced 29 rounds. Julian Jacobsen finished scoring in the empty net.
In other matches on Saturday, the Czech Republic beat Norway 4-1, and the Slovaks beat the Italians 3-1.