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HP 16/17 Day 2: 17-White, 16-Red finish with unbeaten records

By Loren Nelson, Special to Minnesota Hockey, 04/25/21, 7:30PM CDT


Landen Gunderson (Maple Grove) of 17-White is denied on a wraparound attempt by 16-Blue goaltender Wes Johnson (Totino-Grace). Photo by Loren Nelson,

Dylan Godbout (Hill-Murray) scored a goal and added an assist in the second half as 17-Blue salvaged a 4-4 tie with 17-White on Sunday to join 16-Red as the only teams to go undefeated in the CCM Minnesota Hockey High Performance Boys 16 & 17 Final 54 Festival at Plymouth Ice Center.

17-Blue and 16-Red each went 2-0-1. 16-Red had the most goals of any team with 17, led by Drew Stewart (Benilde-St. Margaret’s) and Finn Brink (Maple Grove) with three each. 16-Red's Austin Burnevik (Totino-Grace), Sam Scheetz (Chaska) and Stewart shared the event points lead with three other players with five each.

17-Blue allowed nine goals, the fewest of any of the six teams, and 17-Blue's Nick Erickson (Hill-Murray) was one of five goaltenders to allow just four goals in three halves of play. 16-White goaltender Jack Hochsprung (Lakeville South) posted a .938 save percentage (61 saves on 65 shots) to lead all goaltenders.

17-Blue 4, 17-White 4

Offsetting second-half performances — one goal, one assist — by 17-White’s Jaksen Panzer (East Grand Forks) and 17-Blue’s Dylan Godbout (Hill-Murray) led to a tie in a game with multiple lead changes.

Landen Gunderson (Maple Grove) had a goal and an assist in the first half as 17-White grabbed a 2-1 lead. 17-Blue rallied in the second half and led 4-3 with 11:40 remaining after a goal by Ben Portner (Lakeville South).

Panzer’s goal with 8:33 remaining tied it at 4-4.

Brett Holmer (Thief River Falls) had the top goaltending performance, stopping 11 of 12 first-half shots for 17-White. 

The final game of the festival was originally scheduled for Saturday night but was postponed because of power issues at the Plymouth Ice Center.

16-Red 4, 17-Red 4

Finn Brink (Maple Grove) and Drew Stewart (Benilde-St. Margaret’s) each scored their third goal in as many games for 16-Red as it salvaged the tie with 17-Red, which rallied from a 4-2 second-half deficit on goals from Gavin O’Connell (Wayzata) and Josh Giuliani (Maple Grove).

Sam Scheetz (Chaska) had a goal and two assists to lead 16-Red, which also got a goal from Austin Burnevik (Totino-Grace).

O’Connell scored twice for 17-Red, which also got a goal from Will Schumacher (Prior Lake).

Ben Dardis (Mahtomedi) turned in the top goaltending performance, stopping 21 of 23 second-half shots.

17-White 8, 16-Blue 4

Peyton Blair (Centennial) scored twice in the second half as part of four unanswered goals for 17-White as it cruised to the victory over 16-Blue.

Blair also had two assists, both in the first half, to finish with four points. Brendon Hammer (Gentry Academy) had a goal and two assists to pace 16-Blue.

Sam Ranallo (Rogers) scored twice for 17-White, giving him three goals for the weekend.

Brett Holmer (Thief River Falls) stopped six of seven shots and Toby Hopp (Maple Grove) made 17 saves on 20 shots for 17-White. 

17-Blue 5, 16-White 3

Tommy Cronin (St. Thomas Academy) scored his second of the game as part of a run of four-unanswered second-half goals for 17-Blue in its come-from-behind victory over 16-White.

Cooper Conway (Andover) scored early in the second half to give 16-White a 3-1 lead. 17-Blue responded with goals from Anthony Madigan (Hill-Murray), Ben Portner (Lakeville South), Dylan Godbout (Hill-Murray) and Cronin en route to the win.

Matt Vander Vort (Edina) scored twice in the first half — including a breakaway goal as the horn to end the half sounded — as 16-White took a 2-1 lead at the break.

Tate Cothern (Rochester Mayo) and Nick Erickson (Hill-Murray) needed to make just 10 combined saves for 17-Blue as it outshot 16-White 47-13.

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