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BHS: HP 16/17 Spring Festival update

By Peter Odney , 04/20/21, 2:30PM CDT

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This year's Final 54 has been selected after an entertaining 2021 Spring Festival.

2004's and 2005's near end of HP offseason careers


East Grand Forks's Jaksen Panzer led the HP 17 Division in scoring with four goals and nine points.

The Minnesota Hockey CCM High Performance spring festival is a time-honored tradition in Minnesota, providing a platform for some of the state’s top hockey talent to showcase their skills in a competitive postseason environment. 

This season, the HP 16’s (players born in 2005) and HP 17’s (players born in 2004) were the first groups to conclude their first round of High Performance tryouts and games. Phase I includes a tryout in a player’s high school section for the chance to represent the section in a slate of games against the state’s other territories. Those games make up Phase II of the HP 16 and HP 17 process. 

Phase III features the top 54 players from the first set of games, selected to a random team denominated by color. Those three teams will play three games each, split into halves. The final players left standing will be selected to participate in the USA Hockey Boys 16/17 Player Development Camps in New York. 

Section 2 reigned supreme in the HP 16 Division during this year's spring festival, defeating Section 1 4-2, Section 6 2-1, and Section 5 3-1. Minnetonka’s Beckett Hendrickson led Section 2 in scoring with one goal and four points in the three games. Goaltender Carter Wishart of Chaska saw 37 shots in his 72 minutes of play, and did not allow a goal while splitting time with Eden Prairie’s Isaiah Paulnock.

Gentry Academy products Reese Shaw and Wesley Berg led the HP 16’s in scoring with five points each. Wayzata goaltender Will Ingemann faced the third-most shots last weekend, making 53 saves on 54 shots. 

In the HP 17 Division, Section 8 emerged unscathed, winning its three games by a combined score of 22-7. East Grand Forks junior and North Dakota commit Jaksen Panzer led both Section 8 and the HP 17’s in total scoring with four goals and nine points, followed by Section 8 teammate and Moorhead Spud Carson Triggs’s six assists and seven points. Landen Gunderson of Maple Grove also finished the weekend with seven total points for Section 5. 

Among goaltenders, Section 8’s Brett Holmer (Thief River Falls) put together an impressive stat line of 56 saves on 58 shots for a 1.00 goals-against-average and a .966 save percentage. Holmer’s 58 shots faced ranked fourth among netminders.  


Section 2's Beckett Hendrickson of Minnetonka paced the HP 16 Division champs with four points in three games.

2021 HP 16 Spring Festival Scoring Leaders


Tanner Bruender spent last season with the Chaska Chanhassen Bantam AA squad.

Rank Player Goals Assists Points Current Team
1 Reese Shaw 2 3 5 Gentry Academy
1 Wesley Berg 1 4 5 Gentry Academy
2 Aidan Willis 2 2 4 Lakeville South
2 Beckett Hendrickson 1 3 4 Minnetonka
2 Joseph Belisle 1 3 4 White Bear Lake
2 Matt Vander Vort 1 3 4 Edina
2 Noah Urness 2 2 4 Roseau
3 Alex Gelhar 1 3 4 Hastings
3 Kyle Ahlschlager 1 3 4 Waseca
3 Kyle Doll 1 2 3 Lakeville North
3 Tanner Bruender 2 1 3 Chaska
3 Hagen Burows 2 1 3 Minnetonka
3 Gavin Garry 2 1 3 Minnetonka
3 Caden Sampair 0 3 3 Hill-Murray
3 Mikey Mason 0 3 3 Edina
3 Ty Hanson 2 1 3 Hermantown
3 Thomas Gunderson 0 3 3 Duluth East
3 Cooper Conway 3 0 3 Andover
3 Jayson Saugabay 2 1 3 Warroad
3 Aaron Reierson 2 1 3 Moorhead

Jayson Shaugabay of Warroad totaled three points last weekend for Section 8.

2021 HP 17 Spring Festival Scoring Leaders


Carson Triggs totaled seven points last weekend. Triggs recorded six goals and 14 points for the Spuds last season.

Rank Player Goals Assists Points Current Team
1 Jaksen Panzer 4 5 9 East Grand Forks
2 Landon Gunderson 4 3 7 Maple Grove
2 Carson Triggs 1 6 7 Moorhead
3 Finn Loftus 0 6 6 Blaine
3 Gavin Lindberg 4 2 6 Moorhead
3 Kellen Murphy 2 4 6 Roseau
5 Anthony Madigan 4 1 5 Hill-Murray
5 Josh Giuliani 1 4 5 Maple Grove
5 Weston Knox 1 4 5 Andover
5 Maxwell Miller 2 3 5 STMA
5 Sam Ranallo 4 1 5 Rogers

Weston Knox, Andover

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