The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) announced its Apex Learning Virtual School Peak Performers for the month of October. The players were selected based upon their performance at the second NAPHL event of the season, which took place at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota from October 22-24, 2016.
18U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Kyler Head, Northern Cyclones
Northern Cyclones forward Kyler Head, 17, had quite the four games at the second NAPHL event in Blaine. The native of Malone, NY, put up nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in the four games and recorded multi-point outings in all four games as the Cyclones posted a 2-2-0 at the event. That included a three-point outing in a 5-4 loss to division-leading St. Louis and two games where Head (6’4/200) had a goal and an assist. Head ranks tied for 6th in NAPHL 18U scoring to date with 14 points in nine games played so far this season.
#2 Star: Tyronne Bronte, Meijer AAA
#3 Star: Jacob Marti, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
18U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Jared Kucharek, Meijer AAA
As the Meijer AAA 18U team was climbing the standings with a 3-0-1 record at the second event of the season in Blaine, they leaned heavily on defenseman Jared Kucharek. The 18-year-old defenseman from Parma, OH, had a very productive four games, as he posted six points (3 goals, 3 assists). Kucharek (6’3/195 lbs.) had two multi-point games at the event, which included a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win over the Arizona Bobcats and a goal and two assists in a 5-0 win over California. Kucharek ranks 2nd among all NAPHL 18U defenseman with 11 points to date.
#2 Star: Hunter Canestra, Valley Forge Minutemen
#3 Star: Jovan Zimmerman, New Jersey Jr. Titans
18U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Thomas Lalonde, Shattuck St. Mary’s
Shattuck-St. Mary’s 18U goalie Thomas Lalonde, 16, improved his season record to 4-0-0 in the NAPHL with two more wins during the second event of the season in Blaine. The 5’8/145 lbs. native of Montreal, PQ, was perfect in his two games played as he posted two shutouts with wins over Wenatchee and Thunder Bay. Shattuck-St. Mary’s finished the event with a 3-1-0 record. Lalonde made 13 saves in a 4-0 win over Wenatchee and then made 30 saves in a 1-0 shootout win over Thunder Bay, which including stopping all three shooters in the shootout. He leads the NAPHL 18U Division with a 0.74 goals against average and a 96.4% save percentage.
#2 Star: Bryce Hanson, Madison Capitols
#3 Star: Alec Coakley, Washington Little Capitals
16U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Sam Renlund, Omaha AAA
Omaha is off to another strong start in the 16U Division of the NAPHL as they lead the way with a 9-0-0 record, which included a perfect 4-0-0 record at the second event in Blaine. Forward Sam Redlund, 16, led the way for Omaha at the event with 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in the four wins. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Verona, WI, recorded three points in three of the four wins and two points in the other win. That included three game-winning goals in wins over Meijer AAA, Rocky Mountain and Esmarck. To date, Renlund ranks 2nd in scoring among all NAPHL 16U players with 23 points in nine games played.
#2 Star: Alex Konovalov, New Jersey Jr. Titans
#3 Star: Christian Gorscak, Esmark Stars
16U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Coltan Wilkie, Omaha AAA
Omaha 16U defenseman Coltan Wilkie, 16, was at it again for his club at the second event of the season in Blaine. The 5’9/175 lbs. native of Omaha, NE, led the way with 11 points in four more Omaha wins and earned his second consecutive Apex Peak Performer awards for NAPHL 16U defensemen. Wilkie had a goal and 10 assists in the four wins, which included five assists in a 10-0 win over Pursuit of Excellence, three assists in a 5-1 win over Meijer and a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over Esmark. Wilkie’s 24 points leads all NAPHL players in scoring, despite being a defenseman.
#2 Star: Jack Millar, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Nikolai Jenson, Omaha AAA
16U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Andrew Miller, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
Rocky Mountain RoughRiders goaltender Andrew Miller, 16, was busy at the second event of the season in Blaine. The 5’10/170 lbs. native of Boulder, CO, appeared in three games for his team and put together 2-1-0 record. Miller faced a total of 72 shots in three games and made 69 saves, giving up just three goals. He made 32 saves in a close 2-1 loss to division-leading Omaha. He stopped all 21 shots that came his way in a 2-0 shutout of California. In his final game, he made 16 saves in a 5-1 win over Valley Forge. For the season, Miller has a 4-2-0 record with a 2.12 goals against average and a 92.4% save percentage.
#2 Star: Henry Graham, Colorado Springs Tigers
#3 Star: David Reduzzi, St. Louis Selects
15U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Mac Robertson, Washington Little Capitals
Robertson, 15, recorded at least a point in each of the five games in his NAPHL debut event. The 6’4/160 lbs. native of Bowie, Maryland had nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in the five games as the Little Capitals posted a 3-2-0 record. Robertson had three multi-point games, which included two goals and an assist in his NAPHL debut in a 7-3 win over Esmark.
#2 Star: Connor Lundeen, Omaha AAA
#3 Star: Adam Varga, Washington Little Capitals
15U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Jake Adams, Meijer AAA
Adams, 15, helped Meijer AAA to a 1-1-3 record in their NAPHL debut event. The 6’0/165 lbs. native of East Grand Rapids, Michigan, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the first five games of the season in league play. That included a goal and an assist in his NAPHL debut, which was a 5-4 overtime loss against Colorado Springs.
#2 Star: Bobby Staring, Washington Little Capitals
#3 Star: Lucas French, Omaha AAA
15U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Avery Sturtz, Omaha AAA
Omaha 15U goalie Avery Sturtz posted a perfect 5-0-0 record during the first event of the season as Omaha took an early lead for 1st place in the 15U Division. The 6’0/155 lbs. native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa allowed just six goals in the five wins, posting a 1.22 goals against average and a 92.2% save percentage in the process. That includes two shutouts in wins over New Jersey and the Northern Cyclones.
#2 Star: Michael Morelli Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Andrew Owens, Washington Little Capitals
The NAPHL is comprised of five regular-season events leading up to its Championship Tournament Series in which the top teams in each division compete for a league championship. The third NAPHL event of the 2016-17 season will be the NAPHL Showcase and Future Prospects Tournament, which will take place from November 11-13, 2016 in Superior, Colorado.