The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) announced its Apex Learning Virtual School Peak Performers for the month of December. The players were selected based upon their performance at the fourth NAPHL event of the season, which took place in Blaine, Minnesota from December 3-5, 2016. Note: Any All-Star Game statistics were not taken into consideration.
18U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Kendrick Frost, Omaha AAA
Omaha 18U forward Kendrick Frost, 17, helped his club to a perfect 4-0 record at the NAPHL event in Blaine in December. 6’5/190 lbs native of Lee’s Summitt, Missouri had 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists in four games played at the event. That included multi-point games in all four and two goals in three of the four games. Frost, who has signed an NAHL tender with the Aston Rebels, also was selected to and played in the 2016 NAPHL 18U All-Star Game, where he had a goal and an assist for Team Suter. In 15 NAPHL games this season, he has 22 points.
#2 Star: Andrew Walker, Meijer AAA
#3 Star: Anthony Callin, Madison Capitols
18U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Adam Millar, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
Rocky Mountain RoughRiders 18U defenseman Adam Millar, 17, was solid at the December event in Blaine as the native of Westminster, Colorado, chimed in with five points (all assists) from the blueline. Millar (6’4/195) posted at least a point in all four games as the RoughRiders posted a perfect 4-0 record at the event and moved into 1st place in the 18U Division. Millar was also selected to and played in the 2016 NAPHL 18U All-Star Game, where he had two assists on Team Suter. His 18 points in NAPHL play are tops for all 18U defensemen so far this season.
#2 Star: Ethan Prout, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Mikey Butcher, Madison Capitols
18U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Cisco Clark-Silva, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
RoughRiders 18U goalie Cisco Clark-Silva, 17, made his appearances in Blaine count for the 1st place RoughRiders as the native of Boulder, Colorado, appeared in two of the four games for the team and posted wins in both. On Saturday, Clark-Silva (6’3/200) made 14 saves in a 4-1 win over HC Dallas. On Sunday morning, he stopped all 21 shots that came his way in a 4-0 shutout of the Thunder Bay Kings. Clark-Silva, who is tendered by the NAHL’s Topeka RoadRunners, also played in the 2016 NAPHL 18U All-Star Game, where he did not give up a goal and made 16 saves in one half of action.
#2 Star: Colin Cain, New Jersey Jr. Titans
#3 Star: Liam Murray, Meijer AAA
16U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Sam Renlund, Omaha AAA
For the third straight month, Omaha AAA forward Sam Redlund, 16, is the 16U Offensive Peak Performer. Omaha stayed perfect on the season and in 1st place in the 16U Division with a 4-0 record in Blaine. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Verona, Wisconsin, put up 17 more points in the four games, which included 7 goals and 10 assists. Renlund had two five-point games and a six point game in which he had four goals. Renlund leads all NAPHL players in scoring so far this season with 50 points in just 17 games played. Not only did he appear in the NAPHL 16U All-Star Game in December, but he also committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Colorado College.
#2 Star: Jordan Randall, Omaha AAA
#3 Star: Brayden Uttech, Madison Capitols
16U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Coltan Wilkie, Omaha AAA
For the third time this season, Omaha AAA defenseman Coltan Wilkie, 16, is the 16U Defensive Peak Performer. The 5’9/175 lbs. native of Omaha, Nebraska, had 16 points in four games in Blaine, which included 8 goals and 8 assists. Wilkie had two four-point games and a six-point game in the event. He was selected to and played in the 2016 NAPHL 16U All-Star Game. In addition, Wilkie earned a commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey at Colorado College during the month. His 48 points in NAPHL play not only leads all defensemen, but also ranks 2nd in the entire NAPHL 16U Division.
#2 Star: Matthieu Wuth, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Nikolai Jenson, Omaha AAA
16U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Nico Pidro, Esmark Stars
Esmark Stars 16U goalie Nico Pidro, 16, was literally perfect in the month of December for the Stars, who put together a 4-0 record at the event and moved into 2nd place in the 16U Division. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, played in two games in Blaine and posted two shutouts. On Saturday, he had 13 saves in a 4-0 win over Colorado Springs and on Sunday he had 14 saves in a 3-0 win over the Valley Forge Minutemen. Pidro has only give up one goal in his last three NAPHL starts and has three shutouts this season.
#2 Star: Kohl Reddy, Omaha AAA
#3 Star: ZJ Talamonti, Meijer AAA
15U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Alton Machen, Washington Little Capitals
Washington Little Capitals 15U forward Alton Machen, 15, helped his team to a 2nd place finish in the 15U regular season with a perfect 5-0 record in Blaine. The native of Baltimore, Maryland, recorded at least a point in all five wins and finished with seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in the five games. That included two multi-point games and one two-goal game. In 10 NAPHL games played this season, Machen (6’3/160) has recorded 10 points.
#2 Star: Adam Varga, Washington Little Capitals
#3 Star: Derek Hamp, Meijer AAA
15U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Dominic Chirico, Omaha AAA
Omaha AAA 15U defenseman Dominic Chirico helped his club to a 4-1 record in Blaine and secure the top spot in the 15U standings for the regular season. The native of Overland Park, Kansas, had seven points in five games played in Blaine, which included a goal and six assists. Chirico (5’10/155) had three multi-point games, which also included three-assist game in a 7-1 win over Arizona. In nine NAPHL games played this season, Chirico has eight points from his spot on the blueline.
#2 Star: Everest Schneider, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Garett Silverman, New Jersey Jr. Titans
15U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Connor Leslie, Washington Little Capitals
Washington Little Capitals goalie Connor Leslie, 15, played in three of the five team games in Blaine, winning all three of his starts. The 5’11/155 lbs. native of Leesburg, Virginia, allowed just two goals in his three starts, stopping 37 of a possible 39 shots. That included one shutout as Leslie stopped all 13 shots that came his way in a 4-0 win over Colorado Springs. He improved his NAPHL record to 3-2 and his goals against average to 2.22.
#2 Star: Avery Sturtz, Omaha AAA
#3 Star: Max Schwarz, New Jersey Jr. Titans
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 fifth NAPHL event of the 2016-17 season will take place from January 6-9, 2017 at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, MI.
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