Thrilling All-Star Games, playoff berths highlight Day 1 of NAPHL event
January 27, 2018
The 2017-18 NAPHL 16U and 18U All-Star Games were each decided by a goal and played in front of dozens of scouts and a packed house full of fans. Congratulations to all the players!
Day 1 of the final NAPHL regular season event in Blaine was highlighted by some close and memorable All-Star Games in front of scouts and big crowds. Here is a recap of the action:
16U All-Star Game
East All-Stars 5 vs. West All-Stars 4
– Five different players scored goals as the East All-Stars edged the West All-Stars, 5-4 in front of a packed house at the Schwan Super Rink. The East jumped ahead 2-0 on goals from Cole Ferri (Esmark) and Ryan Hastings (Esmark). The West All-Stars came right back to tie the game at 2-2 as Cole Dubicki (Everett) and Alex Bolshakov (Everett) scored. However, before the end of the 2nd period, that was answered back by the East and a goal from Michael Stubbs (Thunder Bay). The West again had an answer as early in the 3rd period John Drury (California) scored to knot the game at 3-3. The East would then regain the lead as goals from Jeremy Ambrose (New Jersey) and Aliaksei Kosterau (Esmark) gave the club a 5-3 edge. Keith Schenkel (Sioux Falls) would add a late goal for the West, but it would not be enough. In goal for the East, Max Schwarz (New Jersey) made 9 saves, Carter Tahk (Meijer) made 6 saves and Craig Perry (Esmark) made 5 saves. For the West, Austin Cooley (Sioux Falls) made 15 saves, Logan Gorbitz (Rocky Mountain) made 9 saves and Owen Hains (Valley Forge) made 7 saves. Boxscore
18U All-Star Game
North All-Stars 4 vs. South All-Stars 3 (OT)
– It was a comeback for the ages as the North All-Stars came from behind and got great goaltending to edge the South All-Stars in overtime, 4-3. Northeast Generals tender John Jaworski was the offensive hero for the North as the Sioux Falls forward recorded a hat-trick, including the overtime-winner and had an assist in the win. Things looked good for the South All-Stars early as goals from Peter Morgan (Tampa) and Liam McCanney (Valley Forge) put them ahead 2-0. The North had an answer thanks to hot goaltending and goals from Tyler Perkins (Madison) and two from Jaworski. The South got a goal late in regulation from McCanney, his second of the game to tie the game at 3-3, but just :12 seconds into overtime, Jaworski ended the game, with a wrist shot. The South goalies shined as they faced a combined 47 shots, with each allowing just one goal. Mikael Foucher (California) made 14 saves, Nate Severtson (Madison) also made 14 saves and Talyn Boyko (Pursuit of Excellence) made 16 saves. For the South, Andrew Miller (Rocky Mountain) stopped all 3 of the shots he faced, Kyle McClellan (CarShield) made 4 saves and Kyle Johnson (New Jersey) made 9 saves. Boxscore
The big story on Day 1 of the event in Blaine was five teams clinching a spot in the Gold Cup Playoffs. That means that just three spots remain in the race for the Top 8. The big upset of the day happened early as the Colorado Springs Tigers posted just their third NAPHL win of the season by defeating the Sioux Falls Jr. Stampede, 2-1. The Jr. Stampede had lost just one game in regulation until today. Thunder Bay kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 overtime win over CarShield. Meijer AAA and Arizona helped their playoff chances with a pair of regulation wins. With three games remaining in the regular season, the Everett Silvertips Elite are in the driver’s seat thanks to a 13-1 record and a 2-0 win over Washington on Day 1. Rocky Mountain and Madison, who both won their games on Saturday, are in a tie for 2nd place, two points behind Everett.
The game of the day on Day 1 was the Tampa Scorpions against the Sioux Falls Jr. Stampede, with the Stampede coming away with a 3-2 win and clinching a playoff spot in the Gold Division playoffs next month. Also clinching a Gold Division Playoff spot was CarShield AAA, who maintained the top spot in the division thanks to a 3-0 shutout of the Madison Capitols. Rocky Mountain is a win away from clinching a spot in the playoffs thanks to their 5-1 win over Meijer AAA. Elite Hockey and Valley Forge both helped their playoff chances with big wins on Day 1 as Elite beat Shattuck-St. Mary’s, 4-1 and Valley Forge handled the California Titans. Wenatchee, Pursuit of Excellence, and Thunder Bay all kept their playoff chances alive for another day as they both claimed overtime wins on Day 1. The race in the 18U Division is not only tight for the top spot, but also for the 8th and final spot. As of the end of Saturday, both Madison and Meijer, who have appeared in the last 18U Championship Games, are on the outside looking in of the Gold Division Playoffs with just three games to go.
All games this weekend from the Schwan Super Rink will be broadcast live on HockeyTV.