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 at the third NAPHL event of the season, which took place in Frisco, Texas from November 9-12. Stats were based on ALL games played.
18U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Nicholas DeGrazia, Thunder Bay Kings
Now the leading scorer in the NAPHL’s 18U Division, Thunder Bay Kings forward Nicholas DeGrazia, 15, had a great event in Texas as the Kings posted a 3-1 record and are now in 2nd place in the Elite Division. The 6’0/160 lbs. native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, had 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) in the four games, which included three multi-point games. That included a four-point game in a 5-0 win over Wenatchee. For the season, DeGrazia currently leads all NAPHL 18U players in scoring with 19 points to date.
#2 Star: Ryan Mulrenin, Florida Alliance
#3 Star: Jakob Stevenson, Everett Silvertips Elite
18U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Sam Brickley, CarShield AAA
CarShield AAA 18U defenseman Sam Brickley, 18, had his best event of the 2018-19 season in Texas as he registered his first points of the season, scoring six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in the four games during the third event of the season. The 6’0/195 lbs. native of Salt Lake City, Utah, had a four-point game in a 10-0 win over Nashville and also scored goals in shootout losses to both the Dallas Stars Elite and Esmark Stars.
#2 Star: Dustin Geregach, Esmark Stars
#3 Star: Max Ruoho, Madison Capitols
18U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Adam Bublitz, Colorado Springs Tigers
Colorado Springs 18U goalie Adam Bublitz, 17, helped his team to a perfect 4-0 record during the Texas event by winning both of his starts and allowing just one goal in the process. The 5’10/150 lbs. native of Denver, Colorado, faced 48 shots in his two starts and allowed just a single goal. That included a 20-save shutout in a 1-0 win over Nashville and 27 saves in a 4-1 win over Arizona. For the season, Bublitz has a 2-3-0 record with a 2.41 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.
#2 Star: Andrew Miller, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Ted Stevens, CarShield AAA
16U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Nikita Asylaev, Alaska Oilers
Now the leading scorer in the NAPHL’s 16U Division, Alaska Oilers 16U forward Nikita Asylaev, 16, had another great event in Texas helping the Oilers to a 3-1 record at the event as they continue to hold down the top spot in the High Performance 16U Division. The 6’0/155 lbs. native of Ufa, Russia, had 12 points in the four games, which included 8 goals and 4 assists. Asylaev had five goals in a 6-2 win over Valley Forge and four points in a 7-1 win over Everett. Asylaev’s 28 points and 16 goals are tops in the 16U Division.
#2 Star: Jaxson Ezman, Madison Capitols
#3 Star: Andrei Mitrofanov, Alaska Oilers
16U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Matt Kochanowski, Sioux Falls Power
Sioux Falls 16U defenseman Matt Kochanowski, 15, helped his club to a perfect 4-0 record in Texas as they closed the gap in the top spot in the High Performance 16U Division. The 5’11/193 lbs. native of Apple Valley, Minnesota, had five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the four wins. That included two goals and an assist in a 10-1 win over Pursuit of Excellence and assists in wins over Colorado Springs and Valley Forge. In 12 games played this season, Kochanowski has 10 points, which is 4th among NAPHL 16U defensemen.
#2 Star: Caleb Brownell, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Alex Pineau, Thunder Bay Kings
16U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Hobie Hedquist, Sioux Falls Power
Sioux Falls 16U goalie and Colorado College commit Hobie Hedquist, 15, helped his team to a perfect 4-0 record during the event in Texas as he allowed just two goals in his two starts. The 6’2/188 lbs. native of Heron Lake, Minnesota, stopped 32 of a possible 34 shots during the weekend. That included 13 saves in a 2-1 shootout win over Colorado Springs and 19 saves in a 7-1 win over the Madison Capitols. For the season, Hedquist has a 5-1-1 record with a 1.83 goals against average and an .899 save percentage.
#2 Star: Liam O’Gwen, Meijer AAA
#3 Star: Matt Smith, CarShield AAA
15U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Joseph Cesario, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
Thanks to a perfect 4-0 record in Texas, the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders 15U team is now tied for the top spot in the NAPHL’s 15U standings. 15U forward Joseph Cesario, 15, had a big event as he recorded 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) in the four wins. That included recording multiple point games in all four wins. The 5’10/150 lbs. native of Westminster, Colorado, had two goals and an assist in a 5-1 win over Esmark and three assists in a 4-3 win over Meijer. Cesario is tied for the team lead in scoring this season with 15 points in 12 games played.
#2 Star: Liam Cox-Smith, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
#3 Star: Cal Osterberger, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
15U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Aiden VanRooyan, Sioux Falls Power
Tied atop the 15U standings for 1st place is the Sioux Falls Power, who posted a 2-2 record in Texas. 15U defenseman Aiden VanRooyan, 15, was a big factor for his team at the event recording four points in four games, which included three goals and an assist. The 5’11/172 lbs. native of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, had a goal and assist in a 5-1 win over Everett and a goal in a 5-2 win over Meijer and a goal in a 5-4 loss against CarShield. In 12 games played this season, VanRooyan had seven points.
#2 Star: Jake Lange, CarShield AAA
#3 Star: Blake Bridges, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
15U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – George Prielipp, Meijer AAA
While the Meijer AAA 15U team went 2-2 in Texas, leading the charge in goal for both wins was 14-year-old goaltender George Prielipp. The 5’9/140 lbs. native of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, allowed just two goals in two games, stopping a total of 35 of 37 shots on goal. That included 12 saves in a 4-1 win over Everett and 23 saves in a 2-1 win over Esmark. For the season, Prielipp has a 5-1-0 record in six appearances with a 2.33 goals against average and a .901 save percentage.
#2 Star: Jordan Behnen, CarShield AAA
#3 Star: Brant Kragel, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
The fourth NAPHL event of the 2018-19 season will take place from November 30-December 3, 2018 at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.