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The Pumpkin 2023: All-Tournament Teams and Highlights

By YHH Staff, 11/06/23, 1:30PM CST


All-Tournament Teams for both Big and Little Pumpkin tourneys, plus the highly-anticipated tournament highlight video and "Best Of's" from the weekend.

The Pumpkin 2023 Tournament Highlight Video

The Pumpkin 2023 Best Of

Eagan's Will Thonvold led the tournament in scoring with 10 goals in five games for the Wildcats.

Best Offensive Performance 
Carter Crowley, Eden Prairie 
Will Thonvold, Eagan 

Jax Dorff's hat trick in Stillwater's championship win over Minnetonka and Cade Christensen's five points in Woodbury Peewee A's Little Pumpkin finale have been well documented and rewarded with Most Valuable Player awards for each. 

Outside of those title-game performances were a pair of outliers, games for The Pumpkin ages played out away from the bright lights of Graham Arena Complex's Rink 4. 

On opening day, Eden Prairie's Carter Crowley turned a frigid Rink 2 into his own personal playground, skating up, down, around, and through the Omaha Jr. Mavericks for five goals, believed to be a record for the 11-year-old tournament. Eagan's Will Thonvold recorded his own five-point game later in the weekend, scoring four goals and adding an assist in the Wildcats' 6-2 win over Rogers. Thonvold ended up leading the tournament with 10 goals on the weekend. 

Best Goaltending Performance 
Matt Scott, Eden Prairie
Henrick Erickson, Wayzata Peewee A

Play-in darling Eden Prairie won its first three games of the Big Pumpkin, thanks in no small part to the goaltending of Matt Scott. In the Eagles' quarterfinal win over a talented Woodbury squad, Scott made 29 saves and held strong through several shootout rounds to claim the win. 

Wazyata blanked Rochester in the Little Pumpkin semifinals, powered by more than 40 saves from Erickson. For his big-time performance in a big-time spot, Erickson earned a place on the Little Pumpkin's All-Tournament Team.

Best Uniforms
White Bear Lake 

It's become a time-honored tradition that White Bear Lake brings the heat when it comes to uniforms. Black-and-orange is already a winning combination, but the Bears may have a designer on retainer for how well the colors, textures, and stitching play together. This year's all-orange kits put the Creamsicle Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniforms to shame. 

Best Cinderella Story

In 2022, Brainerd was handed four consecutive losses in Rochester, outscored 21-10 throughout the weekend. 

This year, the Warriors turned heads after gutting out a 5-3 win over Farmington and a 6-3 win over host and eventual Orange Bracket champion Rochester. The dream fell short in a loss to runner-up Minnetonka in the quarterfinals, but the Warriors bounced back with an overtime win over White Bear Lake and a decent showing against Woodbury in their final game of the tourney.

Best Heart-and-Soul 
Foster Gaston, Shakopee
Charlie Hoese, Minnetonka 

Gaston and Hoese never took the ice in Rochester, but their impact was felt beyond the Olmstead County Fairgrounds. 

Unfortunately, injuries keep the pair from lacing their skates for the Sabres and Skippers. Injuries happen in any sport. They're cruel, unfair, and painful, both physically and emotionally. It's understandable for players to be frustrated, to feel as though the universe cackled while handing them a pair of twos. 

But not Foster and Charlie. 

Foster filled water bottles and carried them back to his teammates in the hood of his sweatshirt. Charlie chatted away on the Minnetonka bench, keeping teammates engaged and showing up for his friends for every game. These are just two examples of a weekend filled with little moments for these two. 

Teams will always find a spot for players with this level of character and dedication. 

Even though he was unable to play, Shakopee's Foster Gaston was an invaluable Sabre during The Pumpkin.

Big Pumpkin All-Tournament Team

Chase Berlin, Andover

Player Team Position
Daniel Morrison/Jacob Sebahar Woodbury Goaltender
Hudson Rinehart Stillwater Goaltender
Owen Ryan White Bear Lake Goaltender
Matt Scott Eden Prairie Goaltender
Max Aldrich Minnetonka Defense
Lukas Bjornlie Stillwater Defense
Zach Martin Osseo-Maple Grove Defense
Zach Mielke Osseo-Maple Grove Defense
Blake Mliner Spring Lake Park Defense
Drew Morrell Woodbury Defense
Jaxson Perron Prior Lake-Savage Defense
Jace Potvin Brainerd Defense
Nicholas Baranivsky Wayzata Forward
Chase Berlin Andover Forward
Landon Burke Stillwater Forward
Carter Crowley Eden Prairie Forward
Jax Dorff (MVP) Stillwater Forward
Ace Laack Rochester Forward
Nolan Steele Rochester Forward
Dean Stevens Minnetonka Forward
Max Sutcliffe Wayzata Forward
Will Thonvold Eagan Forward
Luka Vanek Stillwater Forward
Tristan Will Woodbury Forward

Stillwater's Jax Dorff was named Big Pumpkin Most Valuable Player after recording a hat trick in the Ponies' championship win over Minnetonka.

Little Pumpkin All-Tournament Team

Caden Skildum, White Bear Lake

Player Team Position
Blake Bruns Rochester Goaltender
Henrik Erickson Wayzata Goaltender
Alexander Pierce Woodbury Goaltender
Roman Bobrowski Stillwater Defense
Treysen Donner Rogers Defense
John Girard Woodbury Defense
Jayden Schwartz Woodbury Defense
Cade Christensen (MVP) Woodbury Forward
Leo Lecker Stillwater Forward
Maverick Schiltgen Woodbury Forward
Chase Schurhamer White Bear Lake Forward
Platon Tikhnenko Woodbury Forward
Aiden Turunen Wayzata Forward

Alexander Pierce, Woodbury

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