The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) announced its Apex Learning Virtual School Peak Performers for the month of January. The players were selected based upon their performance at the fifth NAPHL event of the season, which took place in Detroit, Michigan from January 18-21, 2019. Stats were based on regular season games played during the month.
18U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Oldrich Virag, Esmark Stars
Esmark Stars 18U forward Oldrich Virag, 18, led his team to a 3rd place finish in the NAPHL 18U High Performance Division during the regular season thanks to a good performance in Detroit in January. The 6’3/190 lbs. native of Export, Pennsylvania, totaled seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in four games during the event. That included two assists in a 7-4 win over Pursuit of Excellence, a goal and two assists in a 4-0 win over Madison, and two goals in a 6-3 win over Valley Forge. For the season, Virag is 2nd in team scoring with 17 points in 12 NAPHL games.
#2 Star: Jackson Tillinghast, Wenatchee Wolves
#3 Star: Cole Dubicki, Everett Silvertips Elite
18U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Dustin Geregach, Esmark Stars
Esmark Stars 18U defenseman Dustin Geregach, 17, capped off a very good regular season performance with six points (1 goal, 5 assists) during the final regular season event in Detroit. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, posted a pair of assists in a 7-4 win over Pursuit of Excellence and a goal and three assists in a 6-3 win over Valley Forge. For the season, Geregach led all NAPHL 18U defensemen in scoring during the regular season with 16 points in 16 games played.
#2 Star: CJ Smith, Colorado Springs Tigers
#3 Star: Tate Hjorth, Meijer AAA
18U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Eugene Lee, Everett Silvertips Elite
Everett Silvertips Elite 18U goalie Eugene Lee posted a perfect record and pair of outings at the final regular season event in Detroit. The 6’3/195 lbs. native of Mukilteo, Washington, posted back-to-back shutouts to help Everett finish with a .500 record during the regular season. Lee made 23 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the Esmark Stars and then 25 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Madison Capitols. He finished the regular season with a 4-3-1 record with a 2.33 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.
#2 Star: Austin Ryman, Wenatchee Wolves
#3 Star: Parker Rey, Esmark Stars
16U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Nikita Asylaev, Alaska Oilers
Alaska Oilers 16U forward Nikita Asylaev, 17, helped his team capture the NAPHL 16U regular season title with another strong performance in Detroit. The 6’0/155 lbs. native of Ufa, Russia, totaled nine points in four games, which included 5 goals and 4 assists. Asylaev had at least a point in all four games, which included four points in a 10-2 win over Florida and a three points (hat-trick) in a 3-1 win over the Esmark Stars. For the season, Asylaev led all NAPHL 16U players in scoring this season with 37 points in just 17 games played.
#2 Star: Landry Schmuck, Nashville Jr. Predators
#3 Star: Clint Levens, Florida Alliance
16U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Trent Gray, Esmark Stars
Esmark Stars 16U defenseman Trent Gray, 16, saved his best event of the season for last. The 5’11/195 lbs. native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, had five points (all assists) in the final regular season event in Detroit and helped the Stars to an 8-7-1 record during the regular season. Gray had one assist in a 9-1 win over Everett and four assists in a 9-6 win over the Pursuit of Excellence. Five of his six points on the season came in the final regular season event of the year.
#2 Star: Preston Brighton, Meijer AAA
#3 Star: Jameson Folden, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
16U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Liam O’Gwen, Meijer AAA
Meijer AAA 16U goaltender Liam O’Gwen, 16, pick up two more wins during the final regular season event in Detroit. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and NAHL tender signee of the Northeast Generals, stopped 39 of 41 shots in the two games and allowed just a single goal in both wins, which included 19 saves in a 4-1 win over Rocky Mountain and 20 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes. For the season, O’Gwen posted a 6-1-1 record with a 1.48 goals against average and a .941 save percentage.
#2 Star: Hobie Hedquist, Sioux Falls Power
#3 Star: Matthew Bryant, Madison Capitols
The final NAPHL event of the 2018-19 season will be the Dixon Cup Championship, which will take place in Troy, Michigan from February 15-17, 2019.