The U.S. National Junior Team is moving on to the medal round after getting a goal from Minnesota Duluth's Joey Anderson and a pair of assists from Hermantown native Dylan Samberg in a 4-2 quarterfinal victory over Russia on Tuesday night at the World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.
Kieffer Bellows of Edina scored two goals, including the game-winner off a pass by Samberg with 7:29 left to play in the game. Samberg, a Bulldogs freshman defenseman, fired a rocket from the red line wide left of the crease, bouncing the puck off the end boards back toward the faceoff circle. Bellows won a race to the puck and one-timed it through to give the U.S. a 3-2 lead.
Samberg also assisted on a goal in the first period by Kailer Yamamoto that put the U.S. up 2-1. He has three points through five games.
Anderson, the U.S. captain and Bulldogs sophomore wing, clinched the victory by scoring into an empty Russian net in the game's final minute. It was Anderson's third goal and fourth point of the tournament.
The Americans will play Sweden in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Thursday in Buffalo. Canada plays the Czech Republic in the other semifinal later that night. Thursday's losers play for bronze at 3 p.m. Friday while the winners play for gold at 7.
Anderson and Samberg are two of five Bulldogs playing for Team USA along with freshmen defensemen Mikey Anderson and Scott Perunovich and sophomore wing Riley Tufte.