Fall League moves onto final day of competition
It was another action-packed day on Saturday, September 5th as the NAPHL Fall League took to the ice for the second day of their first event of the 2020-21 season in Duluth, MN.
The newly created NAPHL Fall League is designed to give U18 and U16 teams the ability to play in a league within a shortened window of time before the Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin high school seasons begin.
There will be three events, which will all take place before the high school seasons begin. The first event will take place this weekend from September 4-6 in Duluth, Minnesota, in cooperation with the NAHL’s Minnesota Wilderness.
Here are some helpful links for the event:
Day 2 18U recaps: Saturday saw double the 18U action from Friday, as each team hit the ice twice in Fall League play. Green Bay opened things up with a narrow 5-4 win over Chippewa, after Cooper Routheau potted the game-winner with just four minutes to play. Janesville followed up with a 3-1 win over the Magicians on the back of two Jordan DeGaetano tallies, while the Wilderness edged out Fairbanks 5-4 and MHA Mudbugs dropped Austin 5-2 to close out the first half of the day. The Mudbugs kept their good vibes rolling into the afternoon, with a 5-2 win over Chippewa, thanks to two Seth Ferguson goals late in the contest. The Magicians rode Connor Healy's third-period strike to a bit of redemption in the form of a 4-3 win over Green Bay to make up for the morning's loss, before the Wilderness and Fairbanks each shut the door on their opponents, defeating Janesville 2-0 and Austin 5-0, respectively.
After two days of hockey, MHA Mudbugs remain the only perfect team with a 3-0-0 record, followed up by the Wilderness, Ice Dogs and Jets each with a 2-1-0 mark.
Day 2 16U recaps: Day two featured just one game apiece for the 16U sides. Janesville opened the day with a comfortable 6-1 victory over the Wilderness as Ethan Christofferson led the way with two goals. The Magicians followed up with a 2-0 win over Fairbanks, thanks to a combined 15 saves by Jack Hochsprung and Toby Hopp. A pair of thrilling OT tilts capped off another exciting day of NAPHL hockey, with Peter Rosa lifting the MHA Mudbugs to a 5-4 win over Chippewa and Kenai River picking up a 4-3 win over Austin thanks to Aaron Kogan's second of the game in overtime.
As it stands, the Magicians and MHA Mudbugs sit atop the standings with nine and eight points apiece (the Mudbugs' OT win puts them one point behind Minnesota despite identical 3-0-0 records), followed by Chippewa and Austin with 1-1-1 records and four points apiece.