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 during regular season games at the second NAPHL event of the season, which took place in Blaine, Minnesota from September October 20-23.
18U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Joe Winkelmann, CarShield AAA
Currently the 18U Division’s leading scorer, CarShield forward Joe Winkelmann, 17, posted some big and consistent numbers at the second event of the season in Blaine. The 5’11/168 lbs. native of St. Louis, MO, had seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) as CarShield won all four of their games at the event. This included two games with two goals each in wins over Sioux Falls and Colorado Springs. For the season, Winkelmann has 10 points in six games.
#2 Star: Matt Gurber, Madison Capitols
#3 Star: Husan Karpman, Shattuck-St. Mary’s
18U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Conner Lindsoe, Colorado Springs Tigers
Colorado Springs Tigers defenseman Conner Lindsoe, 18, continued his hot start to the season with another impressive outing at the second event in Blaine, MN. The 5’10/185 lbs. native of Three Forks, MT, scored three goals in four games, including two game-winners, as the Tigers put together a 2-2 record at the event. Lindsoe scored a goal in each of the final three games of the event and had the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Everett and a 5-2 win over California. He currently has six points in six NAPHL games played during the regular season.
#2 Star: Zach Fortin, Thunder Bay Kings
#3 Star: Jackson Millar, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
18U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Nate Severtson, Madison Capitols
Madison Capitols 18U goalie Nate Severtson, 18, who led the Capitals to the Dixon Cup last season, was in his old form during the second event in Blaine. The native of Lino Lakes, MN, not only won both his starts at the event, but also posted back-to-back shutouts. Severtson (6’4/185) stopped all 68 shots that came his way in the two shutouts, which included a 6-0 win over Everett and a 1-0 shootout win over Tampa. Severtson was in goal in the Championship Game last season when the Capitols won their second straight NAPHL 18U Dixon Cup.
#2 Star: Andrew Miller, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: George McMichael, Elite Hockey AAA
16U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Noah Decker, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
Rocky Mountain RoughRiders forward Noah Decker, 16, led his squad to a perfect 4-0 record at the second event in Blaine, as they grabbed the early lead in the standings. The 5’11/160 native of Thornton, CO, recorded a goal in all four of the games and totaled seven points in four wins. Decker opened up the event with a 2 goal, 2 assist performance in a 7-2 win over Elite Hockey, in which he also had the game-winning goal. Later that day, he had another game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over California. Decker then scored goals in wins over Pursuit of Excellence and Colorado Springs.
#2 Star: Brett Reed, Sioux Falls Jr. Stampede
#3 Star: Cole Dubicki, Everett Jr. Silvertips
16U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – David Parker, New Jersey Jr. Titans
The New Jersey Jr. Titans got off to a 3-1 start at the second event in Blaine and 16-year-old defenseman David Parker was a significant contributor. The native of Morganville, NJ, had five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the four games and recorded at least a points in three of the outings. Parker (6’2/185) got the event off to a great start by recording two goals and an assist in 5-2 win over Colorado Springs in the opening game. He also recorded an assist in a 4-3 win over Meijer AAA and scored a goal in a close 4-2 loss against undefeated Everett on the final day.
#2 Star: Cameron Duncan, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Tommy Kampmeinert, CarShield AAA
16U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Kenny Vought, Esmark Stars
A big reason why the Esmark Stars got off to a perfect 4-0 start for the regular season was the play of 16-year-old goalie Kenny Vought. The 5’10/150 lbs. native of Larksville, PA, posted two wins and two shutouts during his two starts during the event, which included stopping all 35 shots that came his way. Vought made 14 saves in a 4-0 win over Pursuit of Excellence and 21 saves in a 6-0 win over the Thunder Bay Kings.
#2 Star: Logan Gorbitz, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Owen Hains, Valley Forge Minutemen
15U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Daniyal Dzhaniyev, New Jersey Jr. Titans
New Jersey 15U forward Daniyal Dzhaniyev, 15, had another great event in Blaine and thanks to some remarkable consistency in his first nine games, is currently the NAPHL 15U scoring leader through two events. The 5’5/135 lbs. native of Brooklyn, NY, totaled 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) in the five games played during the event as the Titans finished the 15U regular season with a 6-3-0 record, which was good for 4th place in the 15U Division. The included a five point game in a 10-1 win over Colorado Springs and a four point game in an 8-3 win over Nashville.
#2 Star: Jake LaRusso, New Jersey Jr. Titans
#3 Star: Cameron Morris, Alaska Oilers
15U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Trey Whitehead, Alaska Oilers
The Alaska Oilers finished in the top spot of the 15U Division during the regular season with a 8-0-1 record thanks in large part to their team defense. Oilers defenseman Trey Whitehead, 15, was one of the pillars of the defense as he put together a nice string of games during the second event of the year in Blaine. The 5’9/156 lbs. native of Wasilla, AK, had five points in five wins, which included three goals and two assists. Whitehead’s eight points ranks tied for 4th among 15U defensemen.
#2 Star: Trent Gray, Esmark Stars
#3 Star: Josh Osting, Madison Capitols
15U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Lincoln Crosby, Washington Little Capitals
Washington Little Capitals goalie Lincoln Crosby, 15, put together a great effort in his three games played at the second event of the season in Blaine. The 5’8/135 lbs. native of Chevy Chase, MD, won all three of his starts and gave up just two goals in the process, stopping 67 of the 69 shots he saw in the three games. Crosby made 18 saves in a 5-1 win over Esmark, made 24 saves in a 4-1 win over Rocky Mountain and in his final outing, he stopped all 23 shots that came his way for his first shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over CarShield.
#2 Star: Talon Wild, Alaska Oilers
#3 Star: Sebastian Skarzenski, Tampa Scorpions
The NAPHL is comprised of five regular-season events leading up to its Championship Tournament in which the top teams in each division compete for a league championship. The third NAPHL event of the 2017-18 season will feature all the 18U and 16U teams and will take place from November 10-13, 2017 at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Michigan.