It’s go time for team North America! If they want to advance to the next stage of the World Cup of Hockey, they need to do the near impossible: beat Sweden on Sept. 21. The game is going to be amazing so click to watch.
The North America team (a squad made up of 23-and-younger players) has a hard road ahead of them if they want to make it to the knockout round of the World Cup of Hockey. The only way they can move on is if they do what Russia and Finland were unable to do – and defeat Sweden. Can they do it? The game is scheduled for 3:00 PM ET so tune in to see if they can pull off this “Miracle on Ice.”
Sports fans can catch every single second of this must-win game for the North Americans by tuning into ESPN’s official live stream (after entering their cable information.) CLICK HERE TO WATCH NORTH AMERICA VS SWEDEN LIVE STREAM
Had the North American team defeated Russia on Sept. 19, the young stars would be on their way to the next round of the World Cup. However, the Russians handed the North Americans a 4-3 loss and with that, they might have sealed their doom.
Team North America will be eliminated if they lose to Sweden by five or more goals, per CBC Sports. The moment Sweden scores, they advance to the semis. If Finland somehow upsets Russia on Sept. 22, that might help Team NA, but they really need to beat Sweden to advance.
Sadly, the North American squad is already at a disadvantage. Aaron Ekblad is still recovering from a devastating hit by Finland’s Leo Komarov, 29, and the defenseman has exited the tournament. ”He’s a great player,” Matt Murray, 22, said of the 2014 No. 1 draft pick, per Fox Sports. ”He seems like a 10-year veteran and he’s only 20 years old. Yeah, we’ll miss him.”
With Aaron’s absence, the team will have to rely on Morgan Rielly, 22, Colton Parayko, 23, Shayne Gostisbehere, 23, and Ryan Murray, 22, to pick up the slack. On the Swedish side, Henrik Lundqvist, 34, is back following an illness. While in the net, he stopped 36-shots, shutting out Finland. Can he put up similar numbers against Team North America? Or will the young stars of hockey pull off a major upset?
Who do you think is going to win this game, HollywoodLifers? Will Sweden get the clean sweep or will North America achieve an amazing victory?