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Bantam Elite League: 2023 Minor Postseason Awards

By YHH Staff, 08/25/23, 2:15PM CDT


All-BEL Minor team, Unsung Heroes, and Most Valuable Player selected.

2023 All-Bantam Elite League Minor

Carter Nash, Rangers

Position Player Team Hometown
Goaltender Will Arnold North Stars Moorhead
Goaltender Zach Burdick Wisconsin Stevens Point
Goaltender Cruz Fitzpatrick North Dakota West Fargo
Goaltender Carter Nash Rangers Hermantown
Defense Charlie Awsumb Canes Edina
Defense Oliver Deschamp North Dakota Minot
Defense Brock Gutterman Bruins Forest Lake
Defense Ayven Hontvet Rangers Warroad
Defense Zach Ostricki Wisconsin Stevens Point
Defense Whitaker Rewertz Rangers Hibbing
Defense Elliott Schultz Sharks Minnetonka
Defense Beck Thoreson North Stars Moorhead
Forward Porter Bayer Bruins Blaine
Forward Colten Crook Canes Minnetonka
Forward Joey Cullen North Stars Moorhead
Forward Dawson Ernst Penguins Lakeville
Forward Gavin Godbout Sharks Woodbury
Forward John Gramer North Stars Moorhead
Forward Anton Klint Rangers Roseau
Forward Jack Larkin North Dakota West Fargo
Forward Nolan Marto North Dakota Grand Forks
Forward Caleb Miller Kings Elk River
Forward Logan Mosser North Dakota Minot
Forward Tyler Potter North Stars Pequot Lakes
Forward Brody Ruprecht Penguins Prior Lake
Forward Fletcher Schroeder Wisconsin Stevens Point
Forward Cole Swanson Rangers Hibbing
Forward Tripp Wroblewski Wisconsin Appleton

Charlie Awsumb, Canes

Most Valuable Player - Logan Mosser

Logan Mosser tallied nine goals and 17 points for North Dakota.

Logan Mosser's first game in the Bantam Elite League should have been considered a harbinger of what would come. 

The Minot native scored two goals, added two assists, and was named Player of the Gamer for his efforts in an 8-3 win over Wisconsin. 

Over the next dozen games, Mosser's play matched - and eclipsed - the four-point performance in West St. Paul. 

Mosser finished the BEL Minor season with nine goals and 17 points, tied for sixth among all skaters in scoring. He proved game in and game out that how you play the game matters much more than what your stats say at the end. 

Mosser's vocal leadership, willingness to go headstrong into any situation on the ice, and tempo-setting play in the postseason were the primary ingredients in the juice that Mosser brought to the North Dakota lineup. 

2023 BEL Minor Unsung Heroes

Reese Cullen, Bruins

Reese Cullen

After being held without a point for consecutive games in the middle of the BEL Minor season, Cullen went on a tear to end the campaign, tallying four points in three games as the Bruins bowed out in the playoffs. Cullen’s motor and work ethic earned praise from multiple observers, as did his effort level in both the offensive and defensive zones.  

Austin Kazin

Listed as a forward for the BEL Minor season, the Delano native was asked to step up on defense for a shorthanded Canes lineup during playoff weekend. He did so with enthusiasm and settled nicely into his spot on the blue line, playing so well that it looked like he’d been a blueliner the whole time. 

Colton Brandt

It’s a cruel truth, but elite leagues at all levels are rarely kind to goaltenders. Brandt played the second-most minutes (349:00) and faced the most shots (271) of any netminder in the BEL Minor Division. Despite facing that barrage, the Rochester product stopped 223 shots and finished with a better-than-it-appears save percentage of .823.  

Bodie Burris, North Dakota

Bodie Burris
North Dakota

Burris played a critical role on the backend during North Dakota’s run to the BEL Minor title, shutting down opposing forwards and routinely starting the breakout with his crips passes. In addition to his defensive prowess, the Grand Forks native also recorded seven points. 

Jari Aus
North Stars

Aus marked the scoresheet in five of the North Stars’ last eight games, translating his hard work into production with five goals and nine points. Aus’ effort level never dipped over the three weekends, and his play drew praise from opposing coaches and players alike. 

Ryker Dunbar

Dunbar finished the season with five assists for the Penguins, but his play on defense stood out over his 10 games. Described by an opposing coach as a long and physical defender who played well on both ends of the ice, Dunbar is only scratching the surface of his potential.  

T.J. Wojtysiak, Rangers

T.J. Wojtysiak

As technically sound as a defender can be at this age, Wojtysiak gave opposing teams fits with his defensive play all summer. His ability to read the play, cut off angles, and throw his body around when needed made the Hermantown native one of the league’s best all-around defensemen.  

Charlie Nelson

One of the league’s best drivers in the offensive zone, Nelson tallied a pair of goals and eight assists for the Sharks. He notched multiple points in four games and was one of the more consistent forwards when it came to effort and puck control.  

Bo Schroeder

Schroeder’s offensive production (4G-8A-12P) for Wisconsin represents only a shallow view of his ability to change a game. Throughout Wisconsin’s often heartbreaking (six one-goal losses) time in the BEL, Schroeder maintained a poker face on the ice, consistently rebutting opponents’ physical play with his excellent skating balance and control.  

Charlie Nelson, Sharks

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