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Model Camp Day 1: Offense on display as Camp kicks off with all games decided by two goals or more

By Drew Herron, Minnesota Hockey, 07/22/19, 4:45PM CDT

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Reds (8) fend off Royal Blue (7) in hard-charging nightcap Monday at 3M at Mariucci


Red forward Sam Janski buries a goal in the first half of Monday evening's opening day at Model Camp. The Red team defeated Royal Blue 5-3. Photo by Drew Herron


The Reds celebrate a goal by Cullen Hilter during the second half Monday. Photo by Drew Herron

The Reds fell behind early, but answered every score with at least one goal of its own as Team 8 skated to a 5-3 victory over Royal Blue (Team 7) in Monday’s nightcap on the opening day of Model Camp.

Sam Janski’s (Park-Cottage Grove) goal midway through the opening half got things started for the Reds, who took a 2-1 into the break. Early in the second, he assisted on Nolan Widman’s (SC Cathedral) goal that gave Team 8 a two-goal cushion they would retain for the majority of the way.

It was Blue who started hot on a highlight goal just seconds into the match. Nikolai Dulak, a junior from Mahtomedi, gained possession of the puck just inside the blue line, when he skated across the top circle and into the high slot before be buried a filthy wrist shot into the far top shelf, above the goalie’s blocker where nobody could turn aside such precision. 

In time though, Red would tip the scales with puck possession and strong passing that drove them. Cullen Hiltner’s (SC Cathedral) goal with 12:18 remaining, his second of the game, would seal it for the Reds as Team 8 begins the camp with a 1-0 mark. 

Manning the crease for victorious Team 8 was Dane Couture (Little Falls), who closed out a tense second half by allowing two goals after Jake Turek (North Branch) kept a lid on things in the second half for the Reds. 

Box Score: Red (8) vs Royal Blue (7)


GRITTY DEFENSE AND SMOOTH TRANSITION PAVE WAY FOR PURPLE (5) VICTORY OVER YELLOW (6)


Yellow defenseman Luke Ahles (WBL) and Purple forward Gavin Waltz (Shattuck-SM) fight for a 50-50 puck near the blue line. Photo by Drew Herron

Team 5 in Purple controlled play for the better part of 70 minutes with crisp passing, sound transition, and a stifling effort in the defensive zone to carve out a 4-2 victory over the Gold Team 6.

Cade Wessman, a scrappy sophomore forward from Osseo, scored twice in the second half to help Purple pull away down the stretch after a 1-1 tie settled in at the halftime break. Wessman scored both of his goals from close range as he, and his Purple teammates proved committed to crashing the net and generating whatever offense might come.

Wessman’s first goal came a little more than seven minutes into the second half, and Team 5 held on to that narrow lead for the next 15 minutes before Purple poured in two more, with a goal by Blake freshman William Matzke sandwiched between Wessman’s pair. Also scoring for Purple in the victory was Hayden DeMars, a freshman from Grand Rapids to help along the Team 5 effort.

In net for Loudon Houg (Edina) and Derek Manzella (Eagan) combined for the victory in net for Purple, each allowing one goal per half of action. 

Box Score: Team 5 Purple vs. Team 6 Yellow


Yellow goalie Aksel Reid, a sophomore from Blake, moves to cover the puck in the crease and end a scoring threat in the first half. Photo by Drew Herron


Yellow forward Noah Griswold (Holy Angels) handles the puck in the corner during the second half Monday. Photo by Drew Herron



Green goaltender Cooper Olson, a junior from Osseo, turns aside a scoring chance by Sky Blue forward Marco Troje from East Ridge. Photo by Drew Herron

Pair of goals by Drew Holt drives Team Light Blue (3) past Green (4)

Team 3 wearing the Light Blue jerseys scored the game’s first two goals and never trailed on its way to a thorough 6-3 win over Team 4 Monday afternoon at the Model Camp at 3M at Mariucci.

Drew Holt, a sophomore wing from Eden Prairie, led the way with two goals and three points to charge Light Blue, and finish as the only skater with more than two points for the game. 

Light Blue held a one-goal lead at the break that was leveled just a few seconds into the second half when Luc Laylin (St. Michael-Albertville) scored on a break down the ice following the opening draw of the half. Laylin was assisted on the goal by his younger brother Casy, the first of two scores the pair would generate in the second half.

Tied 2-2 for over a dozen minutes, Holt pushed Light Blue ahead again with his first goal at 12:49, and Team 3 was on its way. The team would score three of the next four goals down the stretch, including another from Holt, and an empty-netter by Jack McVey (East Ridge) in the closing moments to ice the victory.

The string of goals was interrupted only by Laylin to Laylin with 3:26 remaining as Light Blue powered on to victory.

Liam Sebek (Edina) allowed one goal in one half of work for Team 3, and Tyler Steffens (White Bear Lake) played out the second half, allowing two goals.

In net for Team 4, Cooper Olson (Osseo) opened the game by allowing a pair of goals in the first 35 minutes before Evan Melville (Apple Valley) replaced him in the second half. Melville surrendered three goals while he was in net.

Box Score: Team 3 vs Team 4


Black team forward Mack Motzko battles for an airborne puck against White goalie Dominik Caspers and defenseman Matt Gruss during the first half of Monday's game. Photo by Drew Herron

Black team forward Mack Motzko battles for an airborne puck against White goalie Dominik Caspers and defenseman Matt Gruss during the first half of Monday's game. Photo by Drew Herron


Lakeville South sophomore forward Cade Ahrenholz scores on a shot from the low circle late in the first half. Photo by Drew Herron

PAIR OF GOALS EACH BY STONEKING, GRUSS, DRIVE WHITE TO 5-2 VICTORY OVER BLACK

The White team’s offense came to life late in the first half with three goals over a four-minute span as Team 2 finished off Black Team 1 5-2 Monday afternoon in the opening game of this year’s Model Camp at 3M Arena at Mariucci on the campus of the University of Minnesota. 

Austin Stoneking, a speedy freshman from Lakeville South, scored twice in the opening half to help fuel the White attack by netting the game’s first goal seven minutes in, then added another with 3:31 left in the half as Team 2 was able to transition in a hurry and finish its opportunities. 

In the second, defenseman Matt Gruss, a sophomore from Maple Grove, answered a Black score with 8:52 remaining to net his second goal of the game and place White on the victory footing.

Dominik Caspers (Marshall) manned the crease during the first half for the White Team, and surrendered just one goal over 35 running minutes of play. In the second, Toby Hopp, a freshman from Maple Grove closed things out with a strong performance as well by allowing just one goal.

White starts the camp 1-0, and will return to action Tuesday afternoon against Team 7 (Royal Blue) with a 4 p.m. puck drop. Black falls to 0-1 and will resume play Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. against Team 8 (Red).

Box Score: Team 1 (Black)  vs Team 2 (White)


Black forward Mack Motzko and White defenseman James Harrington fight for a loose puck in the neutral zone. Photo by Drew Herron