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Model Camp Day 5: Championship Friday lives up to billing with epic clash between Red and Sky Blue

By Drew Herron, Minnesota Hockey, 07/26/19, 9:00AM CDT


Sky Blue forward Elbridge Dekraai buries the game-winning goal Friday to lift his team to a 6-5 victory over Red to win the championship game this week at Model Camp. Photo by Drew Herron

Sky Blue comes out on top in back-and-fourth battle for championship with 6-5 win over Red

Sky Blue celebrates the first goal of the game Friday, scored by Nate Stone (left). Photo by Drew Herron

Friday’s Model Camp title game proved to have all the elements a championship should be as Sky Blue came out on top of a donnybrook 6-5 against Red.

Both sides unbeaten heading in, four lead changes swung the momentum back and fourth as neither side would stay down for long, and quick responses became routine.

Tied at 2 at the half, Sky would score the first and the last goal of the second half to escape with a victory in what turned out to be the most intense and passionate game of the week,

Nate Stone (Edina) scored the game’s first and last goal, and tallied three points in the game. Logan Gravink (Andover) collected four assists, and Lincoln Bielenberg-Howard (Rochester Century) added two assists to make it three players with double-digit stats for the game.

Red’s Charlie Strobel (Hill-Murray) scored his second goal of the game with about 15 minutes to play in the 35 minute half, but Sky answered with two a short time later to seal the victory.

Sky ran the table with a 5-0 record, and finished with a camp best goals for to against ratio of 31-12. Stone finished atop the leaderboard in goals scored with 8 for the week, and he finished second in total points with 12. Drew Holt, who also scored Friday, was third in points with five goals and six assists.

Strobel led the pack from start to finish, tallying seven goals and seven assists for a camp-high 14 points.  - Drew Herron

Box Score: Red (8) vs. Sky Blue (3)

Black forward Cade Ahrenholz knocks home the game-winning goal in overtime Friday morning to push Team 1 past the White (2) team via 4-3 final. Photo by Drew Herron

Ahrenholz's overtime goal drives Black past White 4-3

Cade Ahrenholz (Lakeville South) received a centering pass from Nolan Christy (Apple Valley), set up by Bennett Johnson (Chisago Lakes), and slammed it five-hole to push Black to an overtime victory over White Friday morning at Mariucci Arena via 4-3 final. 

It ended a tense battle that saw three ties, and three lead changes as Black wraps up the week at camp with a fifth-place team finish.

It was White that struck first and held a 2-1 halftime lead when goals by Tucker Ness (Wayzata) and Luke Savage (Hastings) drove Team 2 out front early, though Black would answer at every turn before getting the all important first goal in the overtime session.

Grant Ellings, a sophomore from Providence Academy, finished with a goal and two assists for Black, who also got goals from Oliver Jorgensen (Eden Prairie) and Mark Overman (Edina). 

Ness finished with two points for White, along with Wayzata teammate Ben Luedtke.

Ahreholz finished the camp with a team-best five goals.   - Drew Herron

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

Griswold and Schneider both score twice and tally four points as Yellow knocks out Purple 6-2

Noah Griswold (Holy Angels) and Jacob Schneider (Wayzata) each had two goals and four points to lead Yellow to a 6-2 victory over Purple Friday afternoon in the third place game.

Griswold scored the game’s first goal less than five minutes in, and Yellow never trailed in what turned out to be a dominating performance. In net, Brett Holmer (Thief River Falls) and Aksel Reid (Blake) combined for the victory, each working a half in which they allowed one goal apiece. 

Schneider finished the camp with six goals and 11 points to lead the team, and Griswold was not far behind with four goals and eight points.

After starting camp with a pair of losses, Yellow won its final three to finish 3-2 and capture third place.  - Drew Herron

Box Score: Yellow (6) vs. Purple (5)

Green goalie Cooper Olson (Osseo) stops a scoring chance by Blue forward Lucky Bischoff (Grand Rapids) in the second half. Photo by Drew Herron

Reller's hat trick sparks Royal Blue past Green via 8-3 final

Blue forward Brandon Reller finished with three goals and four points in the team's 8-3 win over Green Friday morning at Mariucci Arena. Photo by Drew Herron

Royal Blue built a commanding first half lead, then held on through the second to finish off Green 8-3 Friday morning at Mariucci Arena. 

Brandon Reller (Maple Grove) recorded a hat trick by the first half, and finished with four points to lead the way and Conner Brown (Gentry) added a pair of goals as Blue’s offense came out firing. Nate Heitoff (Blake) added a goal and two assists and Wyatt Wurst (Edina) chipped in three assists to make it five players with multiple points for the game. 

On the other side, Green forward Luc Laylin poured in a hat trick of his own to account for all of his team’s scoring production. Laylin ended the week with a camp-leading seven goals.

Matt Syverson (Holy Angels and Jack Wieneke (Maple Grove) combined for the victory in net as the Blue team wraps up camp with a 2-3 record.   - Drew Herron

Box Score: Royal Blue (7) vs. Green (4)