PARDUBICE, Czech Republic, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The United States junior hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie Thursday in its second game of the 2002 World Championship tournament.
After a scoreless first period, Team USA got on the board with its first power play goal of the tournament when Chris Higgins scored his second goal of the tournament.
Just over a minute later Chad LaRose made it a two-goal lead when he intercepted the puck at the red line and scored on an unassisted, shorthanded goal.
Sweden staged its comeback in the third period, notching its first goal at 2:27 into period when Johan Ejdepalm beat U.S. goaltender Jason Bacashihua with a shot from above the face-off circle.
The game-tying goal came with less than two minutes remaining in the game when Sweden forward Daniel Widing slipped the puck past Bacashihua for a power-play goal.
"Nobody likes to tie, especially when you're up by two goals, but I think it was the right result for this game," U.S. head coach Keith Allain said. "This was a very even contest and I'm proud of how our players played with intensity through the whole game, but we will need to be smarter to win games."
On Saturday, Team USA will take on Belarus, who is 0-2 at the 2002 tournament.
In other action Thursday, Canada was unflappable in a 6-1 victory over Switzerland. Canada improved to 2-0 in the round robin tournament and faces rival Russia on Saturday. Switzerland drops to 1-1.
Also the Czech Republic, which has won back-to-back tournaments, fell to 0-2 after a 1-0 loss to Slovakia.