Well over 1,000 players from 77 teams from the United States and Canada, representing Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Utah and Texas as well as Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, were on hand for the sixth annual Minnesota “Gone Wild” OneHockey Tournament from Jan. 12-15 at Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, MN.
All told, eight champions were crowned spanning Squirt, PeeWee and Bantam all the way up to U-16 and U-18 divisions concluding the four-day event in “The State of Hockey.”
Taking home the championship in each division were the Colorado Evolution (Squirt AA), Gentry Galaxy (PeeWee AA Elite), Peoria Jr. Rivermen (PeeWee AA National), Notre Dame Hounds (Bantam AA Elite and Bantam AA National), the Maple Leaf Athletic Club (U-16 AA Elite), the Chesterfield Falcons (U-16 AA National) and the McKinney North Stars (U-18).
“This was a great event as they always are in Blaine, Minnesota and we always look forward to coming back every year,” OneHockey CEO Sebastien Fortier said. “There’s nothing like being in Minnesota for a hockey tournament.”
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Minnesota Gone Wild Tournament Championship Recaps
Colorado Evolution 6, Sabre Hockey Association 3 (Squirt AA)
Caden Gristini registered a goal and an assist and Ben Beal added two assists to led the Colorado Evolution to the Squirt AA championship. Finley Walsh, Dimitri Tioumentsev, Max Beal and Taylor Gardner were also credited with goals for Colorado in the win.
Kody Cadwell and Boris Genov were named OneHockey Tournament MVP’s.
Gentry Galaxy 3, Thunder Bay Kings 2 (PeeWee AA Elite)
Reese Shaw and Carter Davis scored in regulation before Gentry Galaxy prevailed in overtime to capture the PeeWee AA Elite tournament title. Evan Barnhouse picked up an assist for the Galaxy. Owen Voortman and Jonathan Beaucage hit for Thunder Bay.
Peoria Jr. Rivermen 9, Vernon Hills Ice Dogs 4 (PeeWee AA National)
Tate Brandenburg recorded three goals and assisted on a fourth to power the Junior Rivermen to the PeeWee AA National championship. Charlie Bassen added two goals and three assists and Wyatt Duke, Wyatt O’Donoghue and Jacob Cusmano also found the back of the net for Peoria. Brandon Schultz scored twice for Vernon, which also got goals from Austin Whipple and Kyle Maness.
Brandenburg and Brady Gruden were named OneHockey Tournament Most Valuable Players. J.J. Kania and Drew Lermen of the Ice Dogs were also recognized.
Notre Dame Hounds 4, West Dundee Leafs 2 (Bantam AA Elite)
David Doucet, Jaryd Sych, Keenan Keays and Kai Joorisity each lit the lamp to power Notre Dame to the Bantam AA Elite tournament title. Connor Keough, Scott Sawatzky, Max Joy and Doucet also picked up assists in the triumph. Jason Dabrowski and Aleksandros Matsas hit for the Leafs.
Notre Dame Hounds 4, Gentry Galaxy 2 (Bantam AA National)
Nathan Croteau had a hand in all four of his team’s goals as 2003 forward tallied a goal and three assists to power Notre Dame to the Bantam AA Elite tournament title. Mitchell Choi, Emmitt Marchesi and Kihisis Hansen also found the back of the net for the Hounds.
The Hounds’ Cole Clarke and Davyn Gambler were named tournament MVP’s.
Maple Leaf Athletic Club 3, Texas Warriors 1 (U-16 AA Elite)
Tyson Mallet, Brandon Gratrix and Justin Girard led the way for MLAC in its victory over Texas in the U-16 Elite championship bout. Gratrix, Reese Malkewich and Lucas Samson tallied assists on the goals. Devin Lawler hit for the Warriors, assisted by Louis Rice and Roman Piatas.
Keiv Kineshanko and Carson Lopatka were recognized as U-16 AA Elite Tournament Most Valuable Players. The Warriors’ Koby Lelko and Jayden Hofmeister were also honored.
Chesterfield Falcons 4, Texas Jr. Brahmas 1 (U-16 AA National)
Kyle Brauch and Michael Lane each recorded a goal and an assist to lead Chesterfield to the U-16 AA National tournament title. Braden Harwell and Austin Meers also found the back of the net for the Falcons. Mitchell Clifton accounted for the Junior Brahmas marker.
For their standout play, the Falcons’ Stephen Tiemeyer and Mac Beatrice were recognized as tournament MVP’s. Texas’ Chris Yonce and Mitchell Clifton were also honored.
McKinney North Stars 3, Leafs Hockey Club 2 (U-18)
Cole Enloe, Marcus Russell and Dylan Odelein each put their names on the scoresheet with goals to lead the North Stars to the U-18 OneHockey Tournament title at Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, MN. Chase Nies recorded two assists and Kyle Mills and Jonah Fleisher also drew assists.
Odelien and Fleisher were named OneHockey U-18 Tournament Most Valuable Players.
Main Image: The Notre Dame Hounds celebrate their Bantam AA National OneHockey Minnesota Gone Wild Tournament Championship after edging Gentry Galaxy, 4-2. (Photo courtesy of OneHockey)
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