White Bear Lake celebrates after defeating Stillwater 7-1 to capture the 2019 Big Pumpkin Invitational championship.
White Bear Lake rocketed out of the gates with three goals in the first period, a preview of the rest of the game.
The Bears suffocated Stillwater in the defensive zone, routinely poke-checking the puck away from the Ponies and winning the majority of battles along the boards. Offensively, the Bears converted most of their scoring chances to the tune of seven scores in the 7-1 win.
Jack Stanius, Blake Eckerle, and Conrad Fondrk scored in that first frame for the Bears, while Will Distad added a goal in the second to make the score 4-0 entering the third. Stillwater got on the board early in the last period as Blake Vanek netted his sixth goal of the tournament.
Whatever life the Ponies found after Vanek's goal was sapped almost immediately. The Bears tacked on three more goals in the latter stages of the third, with Fondrk scoring his second goal and Kellen Beck and Denim Whelan adding their first.
Fondrk's performance earned him Tournament Most Valuable Player honors, scoring eight goals, two in each game.
White Bear Lake's Conrad Fondrk earned MVP honors with eight goals in four games.
White Bear Lake, Big Pumpkin Black Bracket champions.
Junior Podein capped an impressive game with the lone goal in a shootout to lift St. Louis Park to a 1-0 win over Osseo-Maple Grove in the Red Bracket championship game. Prior to the shootout, Podein pulled off one of the contest's best defensive plays, picking the pocket of an Osseo-Maple Grove skater who had a point-blank shot on net. Goaltender Eli Charney stopped all 25 shots he faced during regulation and denied all three OMG shooters in the shootout.
Junior Podein celebrates after his game winning shootout goal Sunday
St. Louis Park, Big Pumpkin Red Bracket champions.
Mason Minor converted on a forehand-to-backhand move going across the Blaine crease to net the overtime game-winner for Wayzata. The Trojans erased a 3-1 Bengal lead late in regulation, with Max Luedtke and Jacob Kvansica scoring in the final 1:16 of the third period to force overtime. Bradyn Burnevik, Santino Canevari, and Samuel Shaughnessy each scored once in the loss for Blaine.
Kade Sauer notched a goal for Wayzata in Sunday's win over Blaine.
Wayzata, Big Pumpkin White Bracket champions.