The first installment of our daily 2019 All-Tournament Team selections, as selected by Loren Nelson and David La Vaque.

JD Metz
Mahtomedi | Sophomore

Here’s a kid who who doesn’t mind taking a pounding in front of the net. In fact, he kind of likes it. Metz played his garbage man role to perfection by by banging home two first-period rebound goals — one of them coming on his third whack and after the puck bounced off his shin pad and onto his stick.

Nate Warner
St. Cloud Cathedral | Junior

Three straight goals in the second period. A natural hat trick. And, in a refreshing reversal of today’s throw-yourself-against-the-glass celebrations, Warner’s post-goal reactions were incredibly ho hum. 

Donte Lawson
Greenway | Senior

Chalk up two more goals and a couple more assists for the do-it-all forward who has been an inspirational — and often absentee — leader for the Raiders. Lawson has spent much of the past couple weeks at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, where his younger brother, Dominik, underwent a third kidney transplant.
Luke Schmidt 
St. Cloud Cathedral | Senior

Schmidt is a third cousin to Nate Schmidt, the former Cathedral and Gophers star — and current NHLer with the Vegas Knights. Not a bad pedigree. Not a bad game, either: Scored two goals (his second and third of the season) and added an assist.

Christian Miller
Greenway | Junior

Scored the winner on a blast from the point in a wonderfully dramatic victory (so refreshing after a day of blowouts). Defense? There was some of that played, too, and Miller wasn’t shy about throwing his 6-3, 210-pound body into anyone wearing Delano orange.

Noah Amundson
St. Cloud Cathedral | Senior

Made 10 of his 15 saves in the first period when North Branch unloaded most of its artillery. “They could have easily gotten two or three,” Cathedral coach Derrick Brown said, “if it hadn’t been for Noah.” Brown left Amundson in the game even when it got out of hand, a courtesy that allowed Amundson to get his fourth shutout in five games.

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