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2019 All-BEL Minor Division

By YHH Staff , 09/30/19, 2:00PM CDT


The all-Bantam Elite League Minor Division teams are selected through a process of YHH staff observations and recommendations from coaches and officials.

The Sharks captured the BEL Minor Division title with a final record of 8-3.

Most Valuable Player

Teddy Townsend, Sharks

When it mattered most, Teddy Townsend was there to deliver - and not just in the Bantam Elite League. 

A key member of last year's Eden Prairie Peewee AA state championship team, Townsend achieved national fame when his game-winning goal off a face-off in the offensive zone made the SportsCenter Top 10 plays segment. Townsend and the Eagles would then slay a forest of giants en route to their state title, knocking off higher-ranked foes all along the way. 

Almost six months later, Townsend came in clutch again, notching three goals and two assists in three playoff games to lead the Sharks to the 2019 Bantam Elite League Minor Division title. Townsend's speed and ice-awareness benefited the Sharks throughout the BEL Minor season, as the team went 8-3 after winning its first five games. 

Townsend's leadership helped the Sharks rebound after a three-game losing streak befell the squad prior to the playoffs. Instead of packing it in, the Sharks outscored their playoff opponents 15-6 in the three games.

For his ability to change the game from the face-off circle to the defensive zone, and his impressive work on offense, Townsend was named the 2019 BEL Minor Division's Most Valuable Player.  

Teddy Townsend was selected as the Bantam Elite League Minor Division's Most Valuable Player in early September.

All-Bantam Elite Minor First Team

Player Team Position
Dane Callaway North Stars Goaltender
Andrew Lane Sharks Goaltender
Nolan Barker North Stars Defense
Will Esterbrooks North Stars Defense
Mason Ray North Dakota Defense
Will Skahan Kings Defense
Zach Boren North Dakota Forward
Connor Crowley Sharks Forward
Ryan Flaherty Kings Forward
Max Plante North Stars Forward
Michael Risteau Bruins Forward
Brodie Ziemer Bolts Forward

Zach Boren led North Dakota in scoring with six goals and 16 points in 11 games.

All-Bantam Elite Minor Second Team

Player Team Position
Brady Altier Sharks Goaltender
Charlie Brandt Bolts Goaltender
Brody Dietz Sharks Defense
Will Emerson Kings Defense
Adam Kleber Bolts Defense
Cade Kozak Wisconsin Defense
Luke Giuliani Sharks Forward
Thomas Gunderson North Stars Forward
Preston Holmes Bruins Forward
Ben Miller Kings Forward
Sam Scheetz Bolts Forward
Noah Urness North Stars Forward

Noah Urness scored 10 goals and added seven assists for the North Stars during the BEL season.

Unsung Heroes

Owen Durigan, Bolts

The Rosemount native dutifully played distribution specialist for the Bolts during the BEL season, racking up eight assists and 10 total points in 11 games. Durigan tallied a four-point performance in a win over the Bruins. 

Isaiah Paulnock, Bruins 

Paulnock paced the league in shots faced with 225 and managed to stop a more-than-respectable 193 of them. Paulnock also finished tied for fourth in minutes played at 275, and stopped 20 or more shots in four appearances. 

Zach Wooten, Kings

The Kings' sparkplug for much of the season, Wooten was named Player of the Game twice and tallied five goals and nine total points.  

Jaxon Radke, North Dakota 

A defensive stalwart on the blue line, Radke provided consistency and reliability for North Dakota. Radke finished the BEL season with three goals and 10 points, good for third on the team as a defenseman.  

Grady Magner, North Stars 

Magner, an East Grand Forks native, totaled eight goals and 14 points for a loaded North Stars squad, earning at least one point in all but three of the team's 11 games.  

Aidan Siegfried, Sharks

A powerful forward who's not afraid to play physically, Siegfried recorded three points in two different games. The Woodbury native scored five goals and added five assists for the Sharks during their run to the league championship. 

Logan Hughes, Wisconsin 

Like Paulnock, Hughes took his share of lumps between the pipes, facing down 178 shots for Wisconsin. Despite the game-by-game barrage, Hughes finished with a top-10 save percentage of .865. 

Owen Durigan, Bolts.

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