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Western States: All-Tournament Team

By YHH Staff , 09/11/18, 4:15PM CDT


All-Tournament selections based on staff observations and coach recommendations.

Nathan Sarallo scores the game-winner in Team Illinois's shootout win over the Madison Capitols.

Go West(ern), Young Men

Over the past weekend, 10 talented teams made their way to the historic Bloomington Ice Garden for the second Western States Invitational to compete in both Bantam Major and Peewee Major divisions, showcasing their talent for three days.

Teams from Arizona, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota featured players from Alaska, California, and Ukraine. The diversity of the players' hometowns transcended the assumption that the Western States means only western states. 

There were special performances galore over the weekend, including the first game of the tournament, where Team Illinois snuck past the Madison Capitols in a shootout 4-3 early on Friday morning. There was the game where the 2006 Great Plains boys scored three times in 33 seconds en route to a 9-2 win over the Twin City Selects.

There was goaltender Mason McElroy doing his best Ironman imitation, playing every minute between the pipes for the Selects. There was the goaltending duo of Logan Hughes and Zack Schave, who admirably faced more than 200 shots over the weekend for the Northeast Wisconsin Jr. Gamblers.

There were 2004 Arizona Jr. Coyotes skaters Mykhailo Danylov and Danilo Dolia, both from Ukraine, giving the American skaters a taste of how the game is played in Europe. There were the Chicago Young Americans, who came to town with teams in both divisions and provided several highlights during their interviews on A Minute After. There was the Gentry Galaxy, bouncing back after starting the tournament 0-2 with a pair of gutsy victories.

There was 2004 Great Plains forward Zam Plante, who after being snakebitten by bounces and near-misses early on scored two beautiful goals in Great Plains' final game. There was Ryan Wallin and Niklas Erickson, who as '04 Great Plains goaltenders have not lost a game since August 5. The "Tan Wall" lives on.

The Youth Hockey Hub would like to thank the players, parents, coaches, volunteers, and Bloomington Ice Garden staff for helping us put on the Western States Invitational. We absolutely could not do this without you.      

Charlie Pardue of the 2006 Chicago Young Americans totaled four goals and seven points over the weekend.

2004 All-Tournament Team

Player Team Position
Jay Fairchild Madison Capitols Goaltender
Nicholas Hansen Arizona Jr. Coyotes Goaltender
Kendel Geier Chicago Young Americans Defense
Will Shepherd Arizona Jr. Coyotes Defense
Tristan Sarsland Great Plains Defense
Reed Kluender Great Plains Defense
Attila Lippai Gentry Galaxy Forward
Mikey DeAngelo Team Illinois Forward
Marc LaFrance Chicago Young Americans Forward
Jaden Lipinski Arizona Jr. Coyotes Forward
Oren Shtrom Arizona Jr. Coyotes Forward
Jimmy Clark Great Plains Forward
Jaksen Panzer (MVP) Great Plains Forward

Jaden Lipinski finished tied for second in the 2004 Division with six assists for the Arizona Jr. Coyotes.

2006 All-Tournament Team

Player Team Position
Logan Hughes Northeast Wisconsin Jr. Gamblers Goaltender
Mason McElroy Twin City Selects Goaltender
Charlie Pardue Chicago Young Americans Defense
Dean Andrews Chicago Young Americans Defense
Logan Hensler Great Plains Defense
Tanner Henricks Great Plains Defense
Ben Carey Northeast Wisconsin Jr. Gamblers Forward
Charlie Arend Chicago Young Americans Forward
Will Zellers Twin City Selects Forward
Brendan McMorrow Great Plains Forward
Ben Miller Great Plains Forward
Brodie Ziemer Great Plains Forward
Max Plante (MVP) Great Plains Forward

Will Zellers scored six goals for the Twin City Selects.

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