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Day 4 All-Tournament Team

By Loren Nelson, SportsEngine, 04/03/21, 11:30PM CDT


Eden Prairie's overtime hero, Gentry Academy's shutdown defenseman top list of Championship Saturday standouts.

David La Vaque has covered all but one state hockey tournament game since 2009 and has worked as a Star Tribune high school sports reporter since 2004. His favorite tournament experiences include cheering for alma mater St. Paul Johnson in 1991 and staying for most of the Apple Valley/Duluth East marathon semifinal game in 1996. Loren Nelson has covered every state tournament for the MN Hockey Hub since 2009. He attended many, many other Tourney games as a high schooler from the far northern reaches of Minnesota making the annual pilgrimage south to the old St. Paul Civic Center in the 1980s.

Eden Prairie junior Jackson Blake scored in double overtime against Lakeville South to secure the Eagles' third state Class 2A championship. Photo by Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

The fourth and final installment of our daily 2021 All-Tournament Team, as selected by Loren Nelson and David La Vaque.

Damon Furuseth
Gentry Academy | Senior

To borrow a common refrain from the movie Talladega Nights: Shake N Bake! Furuseth, who would make a fine NASCAR driver, used his speed and wiggles to break free for a goal and three assists, with most of that production coming in the early going.

Jackson Blake
Eden Prairie | Junior

Which will be remembered more: Blake’s championship-securing double-overtime goal or the epic hug from Eagles’ coach Lee Smith that swept the diminutive forward off his feet?

Cade Ahrenholz
Lakeville South | Senior

As the game wore on it seemed all the Cougars’ best scoring chances came on Ahrenholz bull-rushes to the net. The Colorado College commit put the power in the term power forward all tournament.

Zach Reim
Gentry Academy | Junior

Stars defenders typically are asked to jump into the offense more than they are assigned to shut down a particular player. But such was the case Saturday when Reim was tasked with being on the ice every time state scoring leader Brody Lamb took a shift. Lamb was held to a single goal.

Ryan Koering
Eden Prairie | Defensemen

Meet the future of the Eagles' defense. Koering got a little TV airtime with some kudos for deflecting a shot out of play. Otherwise, he had a pretty quiet game, which is exactly what you want from your sophomore defenseman -- no drama.

Isaac Dale
Dodge County | Junior
Dale saw so much action against Gentry Academy (54 shots) he might spend the next week lounging in an ice bath in an attempt to heal all his bumps and bruises. Allowed eight goals but if not for his stellar play in the first two periods Dodge County would have lost by a dozen or more.

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