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2023 Boys NIT: Day 4 Recap

By Minnesota Hockey & Kassondra Burtis, 04/23/23, 3:00PM CDT


Championship: North Dakota 2, Michigan SRS 5

Michigan Seniors got off to a hot start in the first period with two quick goals, one coming from Braden Pietila (Hartland) and Camden Markham (Houghton). North Dakota responded with a goal from Luc Bydal (Grand Forks Red River) to cut the deficit to 1.

In the second period, Michigan got on the board early with two quick goals from Gaborik Carlson (Houghton) and Landon Stevens (Houghton) to make it 4-1.

In the third period, Michael Coleman (Grand Forks Red River) scored to cut the deficit to 4-2. Gaborik Carlson (Houghton) tacked on one more goal for Michigan to bring the final score to 5-2.

Nick Kutriak (Flint Powers) stopped 29 of 31 shots during the game.

Minnesota HP-18 6, Minnesota SRS 5

It took a shootout to decide a winner between Minnesota 18s and Minnesota Seniors. The 18s had a strong start, getting two goals from Jack Christ (Chanhassen) within the first 4:09 of the game. Halfway through the game the 18s were up by four goals, but the Seniors mounted a comeback with four goals in the last 19 minutes.

It came down to a shootout, where both Gavin Garry (Minnetonka) and Rhys Wallin (Wayzata) each scored on their shootout attempts and 18s goalie Kai Weigel (Moorhead) stopped both shootout attempts he faced to give the 18s the win.

Christ ended the game with two goals and one assists while Will Seymour (New Prague) scored once and added two assists.

Logan Opgrand (Eastview) led the Seniors with three points (1 G, 2 A).

Wisconsin SRS 6, Michigan HP-18 3

Wisconsin Seniors jumped ahead to a 3-0 lead after the first period and added three more goals in the next two periods to overtake Michigan 18s. Hunter Bill (Notre Dame Academy), Michael McIntee (Notre Dame Academy), and Conrad Moline (Verona) each tallied a goal and an assist for Wisconsin.

Michigan piled on the shots on goal in the second and third periods—19 in the second and 18 in the third—to try and erase the deficit, but Wisconsin's goaltending duo of Devin Schutt (Arrowhead) and Blake Milton (New Richmond) stood up to the challenge, allowing just three total goals.

Nolan Galda (Detroit Catholic Central), Charles Burchfield (Brighton), and Grant Lucas (Traverse City Bay Reps) scored Michigan’s goals.


Wisconsin 18s fired 35 total shots on goal and scored twice in each period en route to a 6-3 win against Team Colorado. Tied 2-2 after one, Wisconsin scored the next four goals to generate a lead Colorado couldn’t overcome.

Carsen Gause (Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln) led Wisconsin with three points (1 G, 2A) while Nicholas Voss (Bay Port) scored twice and Talan Blanck (St. Mary’s Springs Academy) added two assists.

Vincent Felt (Monarch), Noah Fekete (Valor Christian), and Brooks Wright (Valor Christian) scored Colorado’s goals.