Day 2 of NAPHL event in Blaine played in front of hundreds of scouts
September 21, 2019
The 11th season of NAPHL hockey continued on Day 2 of the first event in Blaine on Friday, September 20th at The Greatest Show on Ice, the 17th annual NAHL Showcase, which is being held from September 18-22 at the Super Rink and Fogerty Arena in Blaine, Minnesota.
Traditionally, the NAHL Showcase attracts close to 9,000 people in overall attendance, including more than 300 junior, NCAA and professional scouts. Over 300 scouts have checked in through three days of the event, which includes all NAHL teams, almost every NCAA Division 1 school and almost every NHL team.
All games will be broadcast live through HockeyTV, the official broadcast provider of the NAPHL.
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Day 2 recaps:
Day two started with a bang, as Shattuck St. Mary’s, Team Maryland, Sioux Falls and Meijer AAA each won to get things rolling in the right direction. Shattuck knocked off Soo Indians 3-1 to stay perfect in the young season, Maryland rode a two-goal effort from Avvi Tanasiyenko to a 4-3 win over Nashville, Sioux Falls took down Indy 6-3 with a different scorer on each goal, and finally, Meijer romped past Team Alaska 7-2 on the back of a trio of doubles from Justin Lang, Brendan Dicker and Chris Hedden.
Also impressing on the day were Esmark, dropping Minnesota Magicians Elite 4-3 thanks to Edward Pazo’s two goals and 24 saves by Danny Mitchell, Des Moines, who put up eight goals against New Jersey Jr. Titans, Omaha AAA, who topped Northeast 5-3 after a pair of Andrew Kozol markers, Philadelphia, who also posted an eight-spot with four goals from David Matousek against Green Giants, and Pilot Mound, who outlasted Gray Ducks in a back-and forth affair 5-4.
MHA kept its good vibes going with a 6-2 victory over Seacoast, New Jersey Pre/Post’s Clay Allen put on an absolute clinic with five goals in a 6-3 win over Everett, and Chicago Young Americans topped Madison 6-4 after a four-goal outburst in the opening 20 minutes.
Carshield and Arizona each picked up wins as well, defeating Compuware 4-1 and NJ 87’s 5-2, respectively. Tahoe Prep fell to Ethan Long and the Janesville Jets, after the forward potted two goals in a 4-1 win.
In the most eye-popping game of the day, MDHL blitzed Fountain Valley for a stunning 13-2 win, as both Dylan Dooley and Kyle Gaffney posted hat-tricks for the victors.
From there, Team Illinois, Northstar Colorado Springs each shutout their opponents, winning by a combined 11-0. Illinois’ Niko Schoner scored twice to bring his two-game total to four points and push his team to a 4-0 win; Northstar eased to a 5-0 win over Seacoast with a total team effort and goals from five different skaters; and Colorado Springs knocked off Lakers 2-0 with an early strike and a late insurance marker.
Also impressing on the day were Des Moines, who put up eight goals against New Jersey Jr. Titans, Omaha AAA, who topped Northeast 5-3 after a pair of Andrew Kozol markers, Philadelphia, who also posted an eight-spot with four goals from David Matousek against Green Giants, and Pilot Mound, who outlasted Gray Ducks in a back-and forth affair 5-4.
Finally, Voyageurs, Loons, Muskies, Minnesota Wilderness and Illinois High School Showcase also took home victories on day two.
Six two-goal contests highlighted the 15U action on Friday, as Carshield (twice), Thunder Bay, Tri-State, Blue Ox and Polars each managed to hold off opponents. Carshield kicked off its day with a 4-2 win over Sioux Falls before adding a close 3-2 victory over Green Giants later in the day. Thunder Bay used Josh Lehto’s OT winner to get past Lakers, Tri-State edged the Walleye 3-2, Blue Ox knocked off Meijer in a shootout and Polars tallied up a 4-2 win over Team Alaska.
Florida Alliance, Everett, Loons and MHA each earned big wins on Friday. Florida struck for a quartet against Indy, MHA did the same to Esmark, Loons struck early and often against Colorado Springs to win 5-2 and Everett rolled past the New Jersey Jr. Titans off of goals by Connor Overson, Brendan Johnson, Bryce Johnson, Tanner Kloczko and Seth Flaming.
The tone for 16U action on Friday was set after Janesville opened up the slate of games with a stunning 8-0 shutout of MDHL. Marcus Niemi earned the shutout as Alexander Duchemin nabbed two goals.
From there, a few close games ensued, as Arizona topped Indy 2-1, Esmark pipped Tri-State 4-2 with two goals by Shane Miller, Sioux Falls used a two-gaol first to outlast Omaha AAA and New Jersey Jr. Titans needed some Alexander Such heroics in overtime to slip past Chicago Young Americans.
MHA and Minnesota Blades brought back the dominant play, though, with a 4-0 shutout of Des Moines and 6-0 shutout of Carshield, respectively. Blake Nowak stopped 14 pucks for MHA, while Minnesota rode Jack Olson’s hot hand between the pipes for another goose egg.
The game of the day belonged to Gentry and Florida, however. The pair of premier teams battled it out with plenty of goals as Gentry came out on top, 7-5. Bennett Schimek and Connor Kurth starred with two goals apiece for Gentry, outpacing a single two-goal performance by Florida’s Nicholas Rooney.
Grab-bag results ensued, with Blue Ox taking down Colorado Springs 5-1, New Jersey Jr. Titans beat Green Giants, 6-1, Meijer blazed by Moose 7-1 and Lakers dominated Northeast 6-2. Between those, Madison battled its way to a tight 4-3 win over Minnesota Magicians Open with two goals by Tierney Aldrich Stanek, 95 Giants fell in overtime to the Walleye and some Nolan College heroics.
Everett and Magicians Elite capped off the night with a fantastic game of their own, as Minnesota took the 4-3 win thanks to a Jack Rausch game-winner midway through the third.
Stay tuned to NAPHL.com and @NAPHL on twitter for updates throughout the Showcase!