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USA vs. Switzerland live score, highlights, updates from 2023 World Juniors

Less than 24 hours removed from an upset loss at the hands of Slovakia, the United States shifts its focus to Switzerland as the two meet on Thursday at the 2023 World Junior Championship. 

After a subpar performance in an opening win against Latvia, the USA crumbled in the second period against Slovakia. The Americans allowed three goals in a span of less than four minutes, and a 2-1 lead became a 4-2 deficit.

“I think we just got away from our game in the second period and allowed a couple goals when we shouldn’t have,” Luke Hughes said. “I think we’ve just got to tighten up defensively and get back to our game. That’s kind of what cost us.”

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A comeback attempt in the third period was not enough as Slovakia grabbed a 6-3 win, the team’s first at the tournament. 

“We got our teeth kicked in tonight, and we’re going to rebound,” coach Rand Pecknold said after the Slovakia loss. “We’ll be really good (Thursday). It’s a lesson, it’s a teachable moment and we’ll move on.”

It won’t get easier Thursday. Switzerland is off to a great start, with wins in its first two games.

The Swiss knocked off Finland in overtime and then beat Latvia in a shootout. With four points, they entered Thursday tied for first in Group B with the Finns. 

The Sporting News is providing live updates and highlights from the USA-Switzerland matchup at the 2023 World Junior Championship.

MORE: Team USA roster, schedule for 2023 World Juniors

USA vs. Switzerland score

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USA vs. Switzerland live updates, highlights from 2023 World Juniors

(All times Eastern)


2:30 p.m. — Trey Augustine gets the start in net for the United States. He won the opener against Latvia. Rand Pecknold also making changes to his defensive pairings. 

USA vs. Switzerland start time

  • Start time: 4 p.m. ET (5 p.m. AST)

The puck will drop at 4 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local time) from the Avenir Centre in Moncton, N.B., home of the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats. It is the third game of the tournament for both teams. 

MORE: Team USA 2023 World Juniors roster, results

What channel is USA vs. Switzerland on today?

  • United States: NHL Network
  • Canada: TSN3/5

TSN has all the World Juniors action in Canada, while in the United States, viewers can find the games on NHL Network.

Stephen Nelson will provide play-by-play coverage for NHL Network. He will be joined by analyst Dave Starman and reporter Jon Rosen on the broadcasts. 

Dennis Beyak and Craig Button will be on the call for the USA games for TSN. Laura Diakun and Dave Reid will be in the studio.

How to live stream World Juniors hockey games

U.S. fans can stream the tournament on fuboTV (which comes with a free trial), or the NHL app.

Fans in Canada can stream all World Juniors games on or the TSN app.

USA vs. Switzerland odds

  • USA: -2.5 (-128)
  • Switzerland: +2.5 (-109)
  • O/U: 7

The USA was a 2.5-goal favorite on the puck line for its game against Switzerland as of late Wednesday, according to Sports Interaction. 

USA World Juniors schedule 2023

(All times Eastern)

Date Opponent Result Time (ET) TV Info
Dec. 26 Latvia W, 5-2 4 p.m.  TSN, NHLN
Dec. 28 Slovakia L, 6-3 4 p.m.  TSN, NHLN
Dec. 29 Switzerland 4 p.m.  TSN, NHLN
Dec. 31 Finland 4 p.m. TSN, NHLN
Jan. 2 TBD (Quarterfinals) TBD  TSN, NHLN
Jan. 4 TBD (Semifinals) TBD  TSN, NHLN
Jan. 5 TBD (Gold-medal game) TBD  TSN, NHLN

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