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UMD standout Joey Anderson signs with New Jersey Devils

Joey Anderson, who helped Minnesota Duluth to the NCAA title earlier this month and was captain of the U.S. junior national team, signed with the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, passing up his final two seasons of college eligibility.



Anderson, a Roseville native and former Hill-Murray player, signed a three-year entry level contract and will burn the first season now. He joins the Devils in New Jersey, where they trail Tampa Bay 2-0 in a first round playoff series. He was taken by the Devils in the third round (73rd overall) in the 2016 draft.

The 19-year-old winger had 23 goals in two seasons for UMD, which played in the NCAA title game  both his seasons. The Bulldogs lost in the 2017 title game to Denver, which was led by Devils rookie defenseman Will Butcher.

Anderson played in the past two World Junior Tournaments. He was captain of the bronze medal team in January, and won a gold with the 2017 team.

Before UMD, he played two seasons with the U.S. development program after two seasons at Hill Murray. His brother, Mikey, was a freshman defenseman at UMD last season, and was also on the U.S. junior national team. Mikey Anderson posted congratulations on Instagram.

Pressure-tested UMD, Notre Dame ready for Frozen Four title game



Good evening from Xcel Energy Center, where at 6:37 p.m. (TV: ESPN) Minnesota Duluth and Notre Dame will face off for the NCAA Frozen Four championship, with the Bulldogs seeking their second title since 2011 and the Fighting Irish trying to break through for their first national crown.

Both teams excel living on the edge, with UMD playing 10 consecutive one-goal games in NCAA play and Notre Dame winning its past five games in either overtime or with 31 seconds or less remaining in the third period.

"It wouldn’t surprise me if it’s another 2-1 hockey game,’’ Bulldogs Scott Sandelin said Friday. “We can all surprise you and have a 5-4 game, but I’m just expecting it to be a real tight, lower-scoring game.’’

In NCAA wins over Air Force and Ohio State, Minnesota Duluth took 2-0 leads and hung on to advance. That formula might be more difficult against Notre Dame, which made the final when Jake Evans scored with 5.2 seconds left in the third period to beat Michigan 4-3 in the semifinals on Thursday.

“We can’t go into the game thinking we’re going to score a goal in the last minute,’’ Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson warned.

Will it come down to late heroics for the Fighting Irish or Bulldogs again? We might know around 9 p.m. – or maybe even later.