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2023 Boys NIT: Day 3 Recap

By Minnesota Hockey & Kassondra Burtis, 04/22/23, 7:45PM CDT


Wisconsin HP-18 1, North Dakota 5

Luc Bydal (Grand Forks Red River) kicked off the scoring with an early breakaway goal. Zachary Boren (Fargo South/Shanley) got on the board with a power play goal. Dillon Jackson (Grand Forks Red River) got on the board with a goal early in the second, and Rylee Vetsch (Grand Forks Red River) added a short-handed goal not long after. Nick Madsen (Eau Claire Memorial) got Wisconsin on the board with an early power play goal in the third. Noah Diemer (West Fargo High School) added the fifth goal for North Dakota in the third. Nolan Astrup (Fargo North) stopped 17 of 18 shots that he faced.

Minnesota SRS 3, Michigan HP-18 0

Kaizer Nelson (Minnetonka) stopped all 31 shots he faced against Michigan 18s to earn a shutout and backstop a Minnesota Seniors victory. Wyatt Mattfield (Bemidji) opened the scoring for Minnesota, notching a shorthanded goal less than three minutes into the game. Cole Christian (Duluth East) and Logan Opgrand (Eastview) tallied Minnesota’s other two goals.

Wisconsin SRS 3, Michigan SRS 5

The first period saw neither teams score. Jack L'Esperance (Hartland) netted the first goal of the game for Michigan in the second and added a second goal with a last second on an empty net. Landon Stevens (Houghton) tacked on another goal in the second. Hunter Bill (Notre Dame Academy) got Wisconsin on the board with a goal. Landon West (Catholic Central) Scored an early power play goal in the third followed quickly by a goal from Logan Nickolaus (Byron Center) to give Michigan its fourth goal. Reece Cordray (Verona) scored the second of the game for Wisconsin. Jack Bowe (Chippewa Falls) scored on the power play to give Wisconsin its third goal. Nick Kutriak (Flint Powers) made 20 saves on 23 shots for Michigan.

Minnesota HP-18 8, Colorado 1

After a scoreless first period, Minnesota 18s exploded for six goals in the second period. Jack Christ (Chanhassen) and John Halverson (Edina) each scored within the first 1:15 of the second followed by four other goal-scorers throughout the period. Minnesota added two goals in the third to close out the 8-1 win.

Halverson led Minnesota with three points (1G, 2A) while Gavin Garry (Minnetonka) scored twice and Gavin Reed (Benilde-St. Margaret’s) recorded two assists.

Ian Beck (Regis Jesuit) scored the lone goal for Colorado.