Meijer AAA 15U defenseman Lucas McKeeby celebrated his 16th birthday during the second event in Blaine by putting up some numbers. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Mattawan, Michigan, had three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in four games as Meijer put together a 2-2-0 record. That included a one goal, one assist effort in a 5-1 win against Nashville. For the season, McKeeby has three points in eight games played.
#2 Star: Kyle Budde, CarShield AAA
#3 Star: Liam Varmecky, Esmark Stars
In two games during the NAPHL event in October, Sioux Falls Power 15U goalie Topher Chirico allowed just a single shot to get past him as he helped the Power to a perfect 4-0 record during the event. The 5’6/130 lbs. Kansas native stopped 49 of a possible 50 shots in the two games, which included a 21-save shutout against Colorado Springs and a 28-save effort in a 3-1 win over the Valley Forge Minutemen on the final day. Chirico’s save percentage of .933 currently ranks 4th in the NAPHL’s 15U Division.
#2 Star: Jordan Behnen, CarShield AAA
#3 Star: Jake Stern, Valley Forge Minutemen
Leading the way in the 15U Elite Division is the Florida Alliance led by forward Max Resnick. The 15-year-old from Tampa, Florida, recorded 10 points (4 goals, 6 assist) during the most recent event in Blaine as his team posted a 3-1-0 record. Resnick (5’9/150) had three multi-point games, which included two goals and two assists in a 5-2 win over CarShield AAA. For the season, Resnick leads the Alliance 15U team in scoring with 14 points in eight games played.
#2 Star: Marcus Miller, Sioux Falls Power
#3 Star: Larry Hansen, Florida Alliance
For a second consecutive month, Sioux Falls Power 16U defenseman Blake Arneson, 16, has earned the NAPHL’s Peak Performer nod for 16U defensemen. The 5’8/150 lbs. native of Red Wing, Minnesota, totaled five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the four games of the second event in Blaine as the Power posted a 1-2-1 record. His best game came in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Esmark Stars, where he scored both Power goals. Arneson currently leads all NAPHL 16U defensemen in scoring with 11 points in eight games played.
#2 Star: Jameson Folden, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Cooper Morris, Alaska Oilers
Colorado Springs Tigers 16U goalie Keaton French, 16, faced plenty of action during the second event of the season in Blaine. The 6’0/160 lbs native of Fairbanks, Alaska, played in three of the four games for the Tigers, posting two shutouts and stopping a total of 100 out of a possible 102 shots. French’s shutouts came in a 28-save win over Pursuit of Excellence and a 27-save win over the Minnesota Magicians Open team. His lone blemish was a 2-0 loss against the Thunder Bay Kings where he made 45 saves. French currently ranks 4th in the NAPHL’s 16U Division with a .950 save percentage.
#2 Star: Julien Lefebvre, Thunder Bay Kings
#3 Star: Larkin Dolan, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
Nashville Jr. Predators 16U forward Kolton Watts, 16, finds himself at the top of the NAPHL 16U scoring race thanks to a big second event in Blaine. The 6’1/195 lbs. native of Huntsville, Alabama, had nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in four games during the event as Nashville put together a 3-1-0 record. Watts recorded multi-point games in three of his four outings and had four points in a 5-1 win against Colorado Springs. Watts’ 19 points is current tops for all NAPHL 16U players.
#2 Star: Yusaku Ando, Pursuit of Excellence
#3 Star: Mason Mara, Florida Alliance
Madison 18U defenseman Max Ruoho, 17, helped his team to a 2-2-0 record during the second event of the season, which included three points (all assists) in the four games. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Verona, Wisconsin, recorded an assist in a 5-2 win over Valley Forge and two assists in a 5-4 shootout win against RHA Academy. Ruoho is tied for 5th in the NAPHL’s 18U Division for scoring for defensemen with five points this season, which is one behind the current leaders.
#2 Star: Nico DeVita, Everett Silvertips Elite
#3 Star: Cody Wilson, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
Esmark Stars 18U goalie Danny Mitchell, 16, was literally perfect during the event in October and in the process moved his season record to a perfect 4-0-0 mark for the Stars. The 6’2/160 lbs. native of Mars, Pennsylvania, posted shutouts in both of his starts during the October event. That included a 17-save shutout in a 5-0 win against Valley Forge and a 31-save shutout against the Sioux Falls Power. Mitchell has allowed just five goals in his four NAPHL wins this season.
#2 Star: James Downie, Meijer AAA
#3 Star: Austin Ryman, Wenatchee Wolves
Thunder Bay Kings 18U forward Nickolas Campbell, 16, helped his team to a 3-1-0 record during the October event and put up some great offensive numbers. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, had seven points in four games, which included three goals and four assists. Campbell recorded at least one point in all four games and had two multi-point games, which included two goals (including the game-winner) in a 4-2 win over Colorado Springs. Campbell is tied for 2nd in 18U scoring with 10 points this season.
#2 Star: Nickolas Wieben, Sioux Falls Power
#3 Star: Jazz Krivstov, Shattuck-St. Mary’s
Everett Silvertips Elite 15U defenseman Joel Lyrintzis, 14, helped his club get off to a 1-1-2 record with five points (5 assists) in four games during the first event in Blaine. The 5’8/154 lbs. native of Snohomish, Washington, had five assists during the event, which included recording at least one assist in three of the four games. His best effort came in an 8-0 win over Colorado Springs where he had three assists in the win.
#2 Star: Jake Stasyk, Valley Forge Minutemen
#3 Star: Easton Zueger, Sioux Falls Power
Esmark Stars 15U goalie Michael Witherup, 15, played well in the first event of the season, allowing just three goals in two games. The 6’2/175 lbs. native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, faced a total of 45 shots and saved 42 of them. That included 16 saves in a 1-0 loss aagainst the TPH Thunder 15U team and 26 saves in a 5-2 win over the Arizona Bobcats.
#2 Star: Aiden Winslow, Florida Aliiance
#3 Star: George Preielipp, Meijer AAA
Meijer AAA 15U forward Sutter Muzzatti, 15, helped his club to 1st place in the 15U Division after one event, thanks to nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in four games played. The 6’2/170 lbs. native of Okemos, Michigan, had three multi-point games during the event, which included a four-point game in a 5-3 win over CarShield AAA and a three-point game in a 4-1 win over the Colorado Springs Tigers.
#2 Star: Jack Lambert, Everett Silvertips Elite
#3 Star: Dylan DeAngelo, Valley Forge Minutemen
Sioux Falls Power 16U defenseman Blake Arneson, 16, is tied for the team scoring lead after one event thanks to a six-point effort in Blaine. The 5’8/150 lbs. native of Red Wing, Minnesota, totaled three goals and three assists in the first four games as the Power posted a perfect 4-0-0 record. Arneson had one game-winning goal, which came in a 1-0 win over the Alaska Oilers and also had a three-point game in a 5-3 win over the TPH Thunder 16U team.
#2 Star: Cooper Morris, Alaska Oilers
#3 Star: Clay Allen, Alaska Oilers
It was a perfect first event for Esmark Stars 16U goalie Connor Strobel. The 16-year-old native of Butler, Pennsylvania, helped his team to a 3-0-1 record in the first four games of the season, posting two shutouts at the event. Strobel (6’2/170) stopped all 47 shots that came his way in the two games, which included a 27-save shutout in a 2-0 win over the Janesville Jets 16U team and a 20-save shutout in a 3-0 win over the Iowa Wild.
#2 Star: Sam Woessner, Nashville Jr. Predators
#3 Star: Luke Fundator, Arizona Bobcats
Leading the scoring for the NAPHL’s 16U Division after one event is Alaska Oilers 16U forward Bret Link. The 16-year-old native of Anchorage, Alaska, racked up 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in the first five games of the season as the Oilers put together a 4-1-0 record. Link (6’2/170) had four multi-point games, which included a six-point game in an 8-0 win over MDHL 16U and a four-point game in a 12-2 win over the Indy Fuel 16U team.
#2 Star: Nikita Asylaev, Alaska Oilers
#3 Star: Yusaku Ando, Pursuit of Excellence
Meijer AAA 18U defenseman Tate Hjorth, 16, helped his club to a 3-1-0 record in the first four games of the season at the opening event in Blaine. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Walled Lake, Michigan, recorded four points (2 goals, 2 assists) from the blueline in four games at the event. That included recording at least a point in three of the four games and a two-goal game in a 4-3 overtime win over Everett on the final day of the event.
#2 Star: JP Krone, Sioux Falls Power
#3 Star: Gareth Aegard, Thunder Bay Kings
Sioux Falls 18U goalie Brandon Benson, 16, had a perfect first event, helping the Power to a 3-1-0 record in their first four games. The 6’4/195 lbs. native of Blaine, Minnesota, posted two shutouts at the event and stopped all 54 shots that came his way in the two wins. That included a 23-save shutout in a 6-0 win over the Janesville Jets 18U team in his first game and a 31-save shutout in a 1-0 overtime win over Lake Forest Academy.
#2 Star: Ashton Billesberger, Pursuit of Excellence
#3 Star: Eric Vanska, Thunder Bay Kings
Wenatchee Wolves 18U forward Jackson Tillinghast had a very good first weekend in Blaine. The 17-year-old native of Louisville, Colorado, recorded 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in five games during the first event, which included recording at least a point in all five games as the Wolves finished the event with a 3-2-0 record. Tillinghast (5’11/170) had three multi-point games and had one game-wining goal. This is his third season playing in the NAPHL.
#2 Star: Tyler Stewart, Esmark Stars
#3 Star: Riley Ott, Wenatchee Wolves