Roseville native wins world championship

The World Junior Championships don’t garner that much attention in the United States although the annual event usually provides some compelling and exciting hockey. There were probably some folks in Roseville glued to their TVs watching the tournament last week, though.

Roseville native Joey Anderson was among the 23 Americans who helped Team USA capture the gold medal. The United States claimed the championship by beating Canada in the final on Jan. 5 in Montreal.

Team USA went a perfect 7-0 in the tournament and won its last two games via shootouts, which is the International Ice Hockey Federation’s rule for deciding games in international competition. The United States went 4-0 in the preliminaries with wins over Latvia, Slovakia, Russia and Canada.

Once the prelims finished, the top eight teams advanced to the playoff portion of the tournament. Team USA opened the playoffs with a 3-2 win over Switzerland and then edged Russia in a shootout in the semifinals.

In the championship game, Team USA went up against Team Canada in front of a very pro-Canada crowd at the Bell Centre, home of the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens. Canada twice built two-goal leads only to see the United States rally to tie it.

After 60 minutes of regulation, the two teams played one 20-minute overtime session and when that wasn’t enough to determine a winner, the shootout rule came into play.

Each team had five chances to score and the only goal in the 10 shots came from Team USA’s Troy Terry, who also scored three times in the shootout against Russia.

Anderson finished the tournament with two assists, 10 shots on goal and a plus/minus rating of plus one. Last year, he played for Team USA in the Under-18 World Championships and scored seven goals in seven games as the United States finished third.

The seven goals tied Anderson for the tournament lead and he finished fourth on Team USA in total points. Anderson has played in four other international events for Team USA.

Once the World Junior Championships ended, Anderson headed back to Minnesota to rejoin his college team. He is currently a freshman on the University of Minnesota-Duluth men’s hockey team.

Through the Bulldogs’ first 18 games, Anderson was second on the team in points with 17, on six goals and 11 assists. UMD was 12-3-3 and ranked No. 1 in the nation heading into last weekend’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference series against Colorado College. 

Anderson’s professional rights are held by the New Jersey Devils, who selected him in the third round of the 2016 NHL draft in June of last year.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

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