The five Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs who spent the last two weeks in Buffalo, N.Y. at the World Junior Championship are coming home with a bronze medal after the U.S. National Junior Team routed the Czech Republic 9-3 on Friday.
Team USA captain and UMD sophomore wing Joey Anderson registered a goal and an assist Friday against the Czechs to finish the tournament with four goals and three assists. Anderson was a member of last year’s American team that won gold.
Bulldogs sophomore wing Riley Tufte and freshmen defensemen Scott Perunovich of Hibbing and Dylan Samberg of Hermantown had assists in the bronze medal game. They and UMD freshman defenseman Mikey Anderson were taking part in their first World Junior Championship. Mikey Anderson and Samberg will both be eligible to take part in next year’s World Junior tournament in Vancouver.
The Wisconsin Badgers’ Trent Frederic had four of Team USA’s nine goals in the bronze medal game while Kieffer Bellows of Edina scored twice to finish the tournament with nine goals.
While Team USA, coached by St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko, was unable to win back-to-back gold medals, it did medal for a third-straight year for the first time ever after also winning bronze in 2016.
Final UMD WJC stats
Joey Anderson 4-3—7
Dylan Samberg 1-3—4
Scott Perunovich 1-2—3
Riley Tufte 0-3—3
Mikey Anderson 0-1—1