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MODEL CAMP DAY 4: Sky Blue remains perfect, late charges carry Red and Yellow squads to victory

By Drew Herron, Minnesota Hockey, 07/25/19, 4:00PM CDT


Sky Blue forward Drew Holt (Eden Prairie) skates up ice with the puck late in the first half of Thursday's nightcap at Mariucci Arena. Photo by Drew Herron

Sky Blue rips Black 7-2 to move into championship round

Sky Blue proved all business Thursday night with a 7-2 drubbing of the Black team to move its record to 4-0, and secure its spot in the championship game Friday against fellow unbeaten Red.

Nate Stone (Edina) tallied two goals and two assists to lead the way, while Marco Troje (East Ridge) scored twice and Drew Holt (Eden Prairie) finished with a goal and three points as Sky Blue’s offense was working at full force.

Stone (6-3-9) and Holt (4-5-9) enter the final day of camp tied for second on the leaderboard, three points off the pace.

Sky Blue led 3-1 at the break, then scored the next four in the second half to extinguish any threat of Black hanging around.

Liam Sebek (Edina) and Tyler Steffens (White Bear Lake) combined for the victory in net, each working a half and allowing one goal. Sky Blue has had the best goaltending in camp, with just seven goals allowed through four games, which is about half as many as any other team. 

Up next for Sky Blue is a championship showdown against Red in a game featuring the camp’s best offense (Red has 29 goals scored) to the best defense/goaltending.   - Drew Herron

Box Score: Sky Blue (3) vs. Black (1)

Yellow comes alive in second half to bury short-handed Green team

Yellow woke up in the second half Thursday evening and quickly turned a one-goal deficit into an eventual route with half a dozen goals to roll past a short-handed Green squad 6-1.

Adam Marshall, a freshman from Benilde-St. Margaret’s scored twice and had three points, while Yellow teammates Billy Rose (White Bear Lake) and Emmett Wurst (Edina) both finished with multiple points to help Yellow improve its record to 2-2 for camp.

Green, with just six forwards and four defensemen. proved tough early on and seized an early lead on Dominic Valento’s (Owatonna) power play goal midway through the half. But with few horses, Green could not sustain that level and were wore down in the second half. 

Yellow scored twice in the span of a minute early in the second when Marshall converted with an assist from Rose, before Rose scored with some help from Marshall, and Yellow was in charge the rest of the way.

In goal, Brett Holmer (Thief River Falls) and Aksel Reid (Blake) combined for the victory, with Reid tossing a shutout in the second half.  - Drew Herron

Box Score: Yellow (6) vs. Green (4)

Yellow forward Billy Rose (White Bear Lake) puts a shot on goal late in the second half Thursday evening. Rose finished with a goal and an assist to help Yellow defeat Green 6-1. Photo by Drew Herron

Strobel scores twice as Red pulls away late to topple White, remain unbeaten

The Red team celebrates the game-winning goal Thursday, scored by Sam Janski, late in the second half. The Red squad defeated White 5-2 to move its record to 4-0 for the camp. Photo by Drew Herron

White's Jack Reiman and Red's Evan Murr battle for the puck in the neutral zone Thursday.

Red broke a tie late in the third period, then pounded home a pair of empty net goals to knock off White 5-2 Thursday and maintain its perfect record heading into Friday’s final day of Model Camp.

Red forward Charlie Strobel, who entered the game as the Camp’s top scorer, added to his totals (5-7-12) after scoring twice Thursday.

The teams would trade scores in the first half when Henry Bartle (Centennial) got White on the road at 10:34, and Jack Sabre (Blake) would level things for Red a short time late. Swapping goals again early in the second half, Sam Janski (Park Cottage Grove) scored the eventual game winner with five minutes to go, sparking the empty net and the two goals from Strobel that would follow.

Red (4-0) enters Friday atop the standings with a +16 in goals differential (29-to-13), and have three players with eight points or more for the camp. Aside from Strobel’s 12, Janski (4-4-8) and Cullen Hiltner of St. Cloud Cathedral (5-3-8) all sit towards the top of the leaderboard. - Drew Herron

Box Score: Red (8) vs. White (2)

Red forward Charlie Strobel leads the camp with five goals and 12 points through four games. Photo by Drew Herron

Royal Blue forward Brandon Reller fires off a shot from between the high circles during the first half Thursday. Reller finished with two goals to help lead the team to a 4-2 win. Photo by Drew Herron

Reller's two goals help push Royal Blue past Purple 4-2

Royal Blue broke into the win column Thursday with a 4-2 victory over Purple.

Blue forward Brandon Reller, a sophomore power forward from Maple Grove, scored the game’s first two goals over a five-minute span midway through the period to set the tone, and Blue never trailed. 

Anthony LeMire (Centennial) added a third goal a short time later as Blue played with a lead as great as three goals before William Matzke (Blake) and Charlie Bischel (Benilde-SM) would score for purple to tighten things up.

With Blue holding a 3-2 lead at the break, the second half played out tight and scoreless until Lucky Bischoff (Grand Rapids) poured in an empty netter with nine seconds remaining to ice the victory for Blue, now 1-3. 

In net, Jack Wieneke (Maple Grove) pitched the shutout in the second half for Blue, with Matt Syverson (Holy Angels) working the first half in which allowed two.  - Drew Herron

Box Score:  Royal Blue (7) vs. Purple (5)

Purple's Adam Johnson (Mahtomedi) and Blue's Braeden LIndsay battle for the puck behind the net.