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The Gobbler 2019: Best Of

By Peter Odney , 12/03/19, 1:30PM CST


Significant moments and memories from a fireworks-worthy weekend at Bloomington Ice Garden.

2019 Gobbler Highlight Video

The Gobbler 2019: Best Of

Boo-yah...the Sabers coaches were best dressed.

Best-Dressed Coach

While early-morning consolation games can be a drag, a pair of plaid pants and a tan jacket can spice up any bench. The Shakopee Bantam B team may have fallen short of there it wanted to finish in the standings, but thanks to a coaching staff that embraced growth and experience instead of counting victories, a Sunday skate at BIG for sixth place wasn't a chore.  

Best Goalie Mask

Brooks Currie, Lakeville South Bantam B rocked a cougar mask complete with cat eyes on the back of his head.

Best Jersey 

Purple is one of those colors that either pleasantly surprises the eyes, or singes the corneas beyond repair. 

Buffalo managed to find that happy medium between the two, gracing the ice clad in a purple and gray mashup that offered a nice change from the typical color wheel that generally populates hockey rinks.

Buffalo managed to pull off purple and grey this weekend at the Gobbler.

Best Post-Championship Game Moment

After trophy presentations on Championship Sunday, teams pose on the ice for pictures, one from YHH and approximately two-dozen from parents and coaches. After the Peewee B title game, Mahtomedi lined up facing Bloomington Ice Garden's Rink 1 bleachers behind the player-benches for the easy sight-lines.

The Buffalo PWB team collected their runner-up trophy and prepared to leave the ice, but stopped when it realized that it would be crossing behind Mahtomedi and sneaking into the Zephyrs' pictures. 

After the last iPhone image was captured, only then did the Bison continue their path to the locker room. The presence of mind and the conscientiousness to wait it out was a lovely sign of sportsmanship from a team that had just been defeated.   

Best Shorty

Up 3-2, Sartell PeeWees found themselves two men short late in the game with Edina Green. With the Edina goalie off for an extra attacker the Hornets had twice as many skaters as the Sabres (6-3). Michael Trobec fired a 182 foot shot that inched past the goal line into the empty net to give Sartell the win.

Best Assist

Minnetonka took on Mahtomedi Sunday for fifth place. The Skippers got the win and a rare assist by a goalie. Grady Rannow seized the moment and fed Thomas Quinn for their first goal of the game.

Best Names

Player Team Level
Jackson Heusinkveld Rosemount PWB
Nicholas LaCourse Minnetonka Bantam B
Roman McNamara Hastings Bantam B
Brock Moor White Bear Lake Bantam B
Bentley Miller Mahtomedi PWB
Trygg Opsahl Edina White PWB
Will Preimesberger Woodbury Bantam B
Wyatt Stack Prior Lake PWB
Owen Stoneking Lakeville South Bantam B
Vinny Schumacher Lakeville South Bantam B
Colton Whiterabbit Mahtomedi PWB
Si Zavoral Edina Green PWB

Stillwater Bantam B hoists The Gobbler's championship trophy. The Ponies defeated Chaska-Chanhassen on Sunday for the title.

Gobbler 2019 Peewee B All-Tournament Team

Player Team Position
Jackson Chesak Mahtomedi Goaltender
Aubrey Baker Buffalo Goaltender
Kaden Gagnelius Matomedi Defense
Jackson McGannon Minnetonka Defense
Ian Moots Buffalo Defense
Laken Decker Mahtomedi Defense
Ryan Toren Edina White Forward
Kaleb Shult Buffalo Forward
Jordy Johnson Minnetonka Forward
Gavin Dworak Mahtomedi Forward
Austin Hillstrom Osseo-Maple Grove Forward
Noah Hughes Osseo-Maple Grove Forward
Cam Frattalone Mahtomedi Most Valuable Player

Austin Hillstrom tied for the scoring lead in the PWB Division with three goals and seven points.

Gobbler 2019 Bantam B All-Tournament Team

Player Team Position
Alex Reedy/Lucas Schanno Stillwater Goaltender
Justin Halvorson Osseo-Maple Grove Goaltender
Tommy Sieve Edina Green Defense
Ben Kolesar Chaska-Chanhasen Defense
Carson Jewett Stillwater Defense
Justin Kuharski Osseo-Maple Grove Defense
Jack Henry Osseo-Maple Grove Forward
Jared Greiner Chaska-Chanhassen Forward
Cullen Ryan Lakeville South Forward
Patrick Greene Edina White Forward
Cam Peltier Stillwater Forward
Will Summary Stillwater Forward
Brody Dustin Stillwater Most Valuable Player

Cam Peltier helped the Stillwater Ponies to a 5-0 record and the Bantam B crown last Sunday.

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