Meijer AAA, Thunder Bay Kings claim 2019 Dixon Cup titles
February 17, 2019
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) 10th anniversary season came to a close on Sunday as the day was filled with start to finish drama from the morning Semi-Final Games to the evening’s Championship contests.
Semi-Final #1: Meijer AAA 2 vs. Alaska Oilers 1 – Meijer took down the top 16U team from the regular season as Liam O’Gwen made 25 saves to lead his team to a 2-1 win over Alaska. Carter Schram and Kyle Brown scored for Meijer in the win, while Jackson Kerich had the lone goal in the Oilers loss. Daniel Niewiarowicz made 29 saves in the losing effort.
Semi-Final #2: Sioux Falls Power 5 vs. Arizona Bobcats 3 – The defending Champion Bobcats jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but the Power scored four unanswered goals to advance to the title game with a 5-3 win. Marcus Miller had two goals and an assist in the win and Blake Arneson, Conner Willard, and Jake Vockler also scored for the Power. Arizona got goals from Carter Newlin, Cameron Langston, and Deven Wang. Nicholas Pineo made 14 saves in the win, while Luke Fundator made 39 saves in the loss.
16U Dixon Cup Championship Game: Meijer AAA 4 vs. Sioux Falls Power 3 – Meijer jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they held off a late Power charge to capture the 16U Dixon Cup Championship thanks to a 4-3 win. It was the second title for the organization, who also won the 16U title back in 2014. Justin Satawa, Logan McGivern, Leyton Pettypiece, and Branden Piku all scored for Meijer and goalie Slava Kudin made 20 saves in the win. The Power got goals from Nicholas Ostbloom, Jack Olesiuk, and Jake Vocker. Goalie Hobie Hedquist made 17 saves in the loss.
Semi-Final #1: Meijer AAA 4 vs. Madison 2 – Both times Madison has won the 18U title, they defeated Meijer AAA in the Championship Game, but this morning was different as Meijer exacted some revenge and beat the Capitols 4-2 to advance to the Dixon Cup title game. Four different players scored for Meijer AAA including Brendan Dicker, Aaron Hamel, Max Tucker, and Chris Crider. Meijer goalie James Downie made 20 save in the win. Madison got goals from Magnus Mannor and Max Ruoho, and Eli Bowers made 16 saves in the loss.
Semi-Final #2: Thunder Bay Kings 3 vs. Rocky Mountain RoughRiders 1 – The Thunder Bay Kings magical run through the playoffs continued with a 3-1 win over Rocky Mountain in the 2nd Semi-Final. The Kings, who were 13-6-1 during the regular season, playing the NAPHL’s Elite Division, got 19 saves from Jordan Smith in the win and goals from Nikolas Campbell, Trenton Morriseau, and Christian Veneruzzo. The RoughRiders lone goal came from Jonah Henderson and Logan Gorbitz made 31 saves in the loss.
18U Dixon Cup Championship Game: Thunder Bay Kings 5 vs. Meijer AAA 2 – The Kings completed their Cinderella run through the Dixon Cup Playoffs with a perfect 5-0 run as they won their first ever Dixon Cup title with a 5-2 win over Meijer AAA, who finished runner-up for the third time in the last four years. Five different players scored for the Kings, including Nicholas DeGrazia, Trystan Goodman, Trenton Morriseau, Dawson Lampi, and Mackenzie Sedgwick, and Jordan Smith made 25 saves in the win. Meijer goals came from Brendan Dicker, who lit the lamp for the third straight game, and also Anthony Davis. Broderick Lineman made 12 saves in the loss.
Dixon Cup Champions
2019: 18U-Thunder Bay Kings, 16U-Meijer AAA, 15U-Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
2018: 18U-Esmark Stars, 16U-Arizona Bobcats, 15U-Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
2017: 18U-Madison Capitols, 16U-Esmark Stars, 15U-Washington Little Caps
2016: 18U-Madison Capitols, 16U-Omaha AAA
2015: 18U-New Jersey Jr. Titans, 16U-Omaha AAA
2014: 18U-Omaha AAA, 16U-Lansing Capitals
2013: 18U-Indiana Jr. Ice, 16U-Omaha AAA
2012: 18U-California Titans, 16U-Indiana Jr. Ice, 14U-St. Louis Selects
2011: 18U-DC Capitals, 16U-Pikes Peak Miners, 14U-Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
2010: 18U-California Titans, 16U-Pikes Peak Miners