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The Gobbler 2023: All-Tournament Teams and Highlights

By YHH Staff, 12/06/23, 5:00PM CST

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Eagles, Leafbirds emerge as champions after wild Gobbler weekend in Bloomington.

The Gobbler 2023: Highlight Video

Eden Prairie's defense stands tall in close games during championship run


Eden Prairie goaltender Nathan Dickinson (left) is mobbed by teammates after the Eagles edged Blaine 2-1 in a shootout during The Gobbler 2023's Bantam championship.

This year’s Gobbler Championship Sunday will go down in Youth Hockey Hub history as one of the most nerve-wracking, nail-biting, squeeze-your-coffee-cup-till-it-explodes slates of games. 

That is, unless next year’s Gobbler can top it. 

In the Bantam division, Eden Prairie started fast and ended clutch, blanking Rogers 11-0 in its tournament opener the day after Thanksgiving. Then, the Eagles held off a late charge by their future Lake Conference rival Minnetonka for a 4-2 victory, sending them to the semifinal round on Saturday. 

Eden Prairie emerged victorious in a thrilling shootout against a plucky Woodbury Black squad featuring a handful of players from last year’s Peewee B Gobbler champion. The extra-inning dramatics would continue on Sunday as the Eagles eked out another 2-1 shootout win over Blaine, which featured Bantam All-Tournament Team goaltender Jacob Eisenbrei. 

Eagle forward Charlie Shultz was named the Bantam Most Valuable Player, recording six goals and seven points in the four games. Shultz’s six tallies led the tourney, and his seven points were tied for most in the field with Lakeville North’s Samuel Bennett. 


Charlie Shultz was named MVP of The Gobbler's Bantam division after recording seven points.

Leafbirds take down Edina Green and Edina White en route to title


Osseo-Maple Grove Black hoists The Gobbler 2023's championship trophy after holding of Edina Green in the finals for a 5-3 win.

On the Peewee side of the event, Osseo-Maple Grove turned a loss into a pair of wins when it mattered most. The Leafbirds began with victories over Prior Lake Navy and White Bear Lake by a combined score of 11-1 in their first two contests, then lost a heartbreaker to Edina Green on Saturday by a score of 3-2. 

Forcing their way into the semifinals as the tournament’s Wild Card seed, the Leafbirds scored in the first and second periods against their pool play nemesis Edina Green, with Henry Passehl and Jacob McElroy spotting OMG its advantage. Judson Haymaker pared the lead to 2-1 with 3:45 left in regulation, but the Leafbirds held strong and gutted out the 2-1 win. 

The championship game featured a three-goal third period from Osseo-Maple Grove, which broke open a 2-2 tie after two periods against Edina Green. McElroy, Passehl, Mason Howell, Brant Faust, and Andrew Dorn scored once in the title-game win. With two goals and seven points during the weekend, OMG’s Passehl earned Most Valuable Player honors.


With two goals and seven assists, Leafbird forward Henry Passehl was named The Gobbler 2023's Peewee MVP.

The Gobbler 2023 Bantam All-Tournament Team


Connor Cloud, Forest Lake

Player Team Position
Nolan Buetow/Zander Davids White Bear Lake Black Goaltender
Nathan Dickinson Eden Prairie Goaltender
Jacob Eisenbrei Blaine Goaltender
Oscar Ailie Eden Prairie Defense
Jackson Schrick Lakeville North Defense
Jackson Shackelford Edina Green Defense
Sonny Storkson Prior Lake Defense
Kellen Walls Blaine Defense
Ben Ziegler White Bear Lake Defense
Samuel Bennett Lakeville North Forward
Connor Cloud Forest Lake Forward
Leo Gagnon St. Michael-Albertville Forward
Foster Johnson Blaine Forward
Devin Kapke Eden Prairie Forward
Griffin Nutter Chaska/Chanhassen Forward
Grady Schiefelbein Edina Green Forward
Levi Seleski Woodbury Black Forward
Charles Shultz (MVP) Eden Prairie Forward

Samuel Bennett, Lakeville North


The Gobbler 2023 Peewee All-Tournament Team


Hudson Hirsch, Eden Prairie

Player Team Position
Ethan Miller/Drew Schiena Edina Green Goaltender
Bradley Schneider Osseo-Maple Grove Goaltender
Andrew Dorn Osseo-Maple Grove Defense
Gavin Downey Edina Green Defense
Kellan Marshall Prior Lake Navy Defense
Barrett Sporcich Edina White Defense
Evan Abrams Bloomington Jefferson Forward
Hudson Hirsch Eden Prairie Forward
Mason Howell Osseo-Maple Grove Forward
Kirill Marin Edina White Forward
Henry Passehl (MVP) Osseo-Maple Grove Forward
Christian Schmidt Roseville Forward

Evan Abrams, Bloomington Jefferson

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