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Trocheck scores in North America’s 4-3 win over Sweden

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23-U team needs help from Finland to advance

World Cup Of Hockey 2016 - Team North America v Sweden Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Team North America pulled out a 4-3 overtime over Sweden in its final round robin game of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Unfortunately, by not finishing off the Swedes in regulation, due in large part to a 21-save second period from Henrik Lundqvist, the exciting 23-and-Under team must get help from punchless Finland to advance to the semi-finals.

Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck scored his first of the tournament at the 1:35 mark of the first period, 65 seconds after Auston Matthews game-opening goal to give North America a 2-0 lead.

Johnny Gaudreau lit lamp the lamp between goals by Filip Forsberg and Niklas Backstrom to put the North Americans up 3-2 after twenty minutes.

The Young Guns absolutely dominated the middle frame, but couldn’t solve Lundqvist to put the game away and gain a spot in the next round.

Patrik Berglund tied the game 6:50 into third period. The point Sweden gained by getting to overtime was enough to clinch Group B, setting up an elimination match with Team Europe, who was soundly beaten 4-1 by Group A-winner Canada last night.

Nathan MacKinnon delivered the game-winner with 49 seconds left in overtime, with assists going to the dangerous Gaudreau and Shayne Gostisbehere.

Russia must beat Finland today at 3 p.m. (ESPN) to gain the last semifinal berth and a Saturday date with host Canada. A Russian loss would send North America to the knockout round in what would be an extremely compelling match.

The Czech Republic will face Team USA at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 in the meaningless final game for both of those teams.