The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) announced its Apex Learning Virtual School Peak Performers for the month of November. The players were selected based upon their performance during regular season games at the third NAPHL event of the season, which took place in Troy, Michigan from November 10-13, 2017.
18U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Stepan Pokorny, Tampa Scorpions
Tampa Scorpions forward Stepan Pokorny, 17, vaulted himself into the NAPHL 18U scoring lead with a very good event in Troy. The native of Kolin, Czech Republic, had 11 points (5 goals, 6 assist) in 5 games at the event as the Scorpions stayed in good position towards the top spot with a perfect 5-0 record at the event. The Scorpions sit in 2nd place through three events with a 9-1-1 record and 19 points. Pokorny (5’11/180) had multi-point outings in all five games and had a three-point game in a 5-2 win against Thunder Bay. Pokorny leads all NAPHL 18U players in scoring so far this season with 18 points in 11 games played. Earlier this season, he signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Aberdeen Wings.
#2 Star: Peter Morgan, Tampa Scorpions
#3 Star: Zac Currie, Meijer AAA
18U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Adam Millar, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
Rocky Mountain RoughRiders 18U defenseman Adam Millar, 18, helped his club to four wins in five games during the third event of the season in Troy. The 6’5/200 lbs. native of Westminster, Colorado, had 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) in the five games, which also included three multi-point games. Millar, who was an NAPHL 18U All-Star last season, has picked up right where he left off last year, as he leads the entire Rocky Mountain 18U team in scoring so far this season with 12 points in 9 games played. Millar’s best outing came in a 4-0 win over Elite with 2 goals and an assist.
#2 Star: Jackson Millar, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Jordan Strand, Sioux Falls Jr. Stampede
18U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – James Downie, Meijer AAA
Meijer AAA goalie James Downie, 17, played in three of his team’s five games during the event in Troy and put up some great numbers. In the three games he played, the native of Blackburn, Australia, faced 63 shots and allowed just two goals, making 61 saves. In his first game, Downie (6’2/190) stopped all 16 shots that came his way in a 3-0 shutout of Thunder Bay. In his next game, he stopped 25 of 27 shots in a close 3-1 loss against 1st place CarShield. In his final game, he stopped all 20 shots that came his way for his second shutout of the event in a 5-0 win over Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Downie is tied for 2nd in the NAPHL 18U Division with three shutouts.
#2 Star: Kyle McClellan, CarShield AAA
#3 Star: Francisco Clark-Silva, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
16U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Brett Reed, Sioux Falls Jr. Stampede
Leading all NAPHL 16U players on scoring so far this season is Sioux Falls Jr. Stampede 16U forward Brett Reed. Reed, 16, led all players with 11 points in five games played during the event in Troy, bringing his season total to 21 points in 13 games played so far in the NAPHL action this season. The 6’0/197 lbs. native of Cross Lake, Minnesota, had a hat-trick and a five point game in a 6-2 win over Madison. He also had two, three point games in wins over Shattuck St. Mary’s and New Jersey.
#2 Star: Michael Stubbs, Thunder Bay Kings
#3 Star: Scott Sullivan, Colorado Springs Tigers
16U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Dylan Herzog, Everett Silvertips Elite
Thanks to a seven-point weekend during the third event in Troy, Everett Silvertips Elite 16U defenseman Dylan Herzog, 16, now leads all NAPHL 16U defensemen in points with 12 points in 13 games played this season. With an 8-1-0 record, Everett is in a tie for 1st place in the 16U Division and posted a 4-1 record during the event in Troy. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Auburn, Washington, had two, three-point games during the event, which included three points in a win over Pursuit of Excellence and two goals in a win over Valley Forge.
#2 Star: Nolan Cunningham, Colorado Springs Tigers
#3 Star: Jordan Steer, Dallas Blackhawks Elite
16U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Anthony Bonaldi, Arizona Bobcats
Arizona Bobcats goaltender Anthony Bonaldi, 16, kept his team in the playoff hunt for a Gold Division spot as the netminder from Las Vegas, Nevada, started in three of his team’s five games in Troy and put together a 2-0-1 record. Bonaldi (5’7/150) faced a total of 84 shots in the three games and stopped all but two of them, making 82 saves, which included two shutouts. In his first game of the event, Bonaldi stopped all 22 shots that came his way in a 4-0 shutout of CarShield. His next game was a 35-save performance in a 2-1 overtime loss against Madison. He finished the event with a 25-save performance in a 2-0 shutout of Shattuck-St. Mary’s.
#2 Star: Carter Tank, Meijer AAA
#3 Star: Austin Cooley, Sioux Falls Jr. Stampede
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 fourth NAPHL event of the 2017-18 season will feature all the 18U, 16U, and 15U teams and will take place from December 1-4, 2017 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, MN.
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