15U, 14U teams highlight Day 1 in Indianapolis
The eighth event of the 2020-21 NAPHL season faced off on Friday at the Indy Fuel Tank in Fishers, Indiana. The weekend of January 15-18 features competition in the Tier 1 Central Conference with the final regular season games of the 2020-21 season.
Now in its 12th season, no other USA Hockey youth league does more for its players than the NAPHL. Operated by the full-time staff of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), who make it their mission to outperform others both on and off the ice in promoting its players. The NAPHL has proved over the years that the league is a great stepping-stone for development and training for young hockey players looking to gain experience and knowledge to work their way up to the National level.
The NAPHL continues to monitor local and federal guidelines and will follow the recommendations in place. Even with everyone’s participation, the NAPHL cannot eliminate all risk associated with Covid-19. By choosing to participate, players and guests are assuming the risk of contracting Covid-19 at the event. With that said, we need everyone's cooperation and commitment to follow the Return To Play guidelines as outlined by the NAPHL and the Indy Fuel Tank. A few of those guidelines are listed below but it is important that you become familiar with all of the Return To Play guidelines: Read Here
- Only 1 parent or guardian is allowed per skater. (NO GATE FEE)
- Spectators enter the arena 5 minutes prior to game time and exit immediately following the game
- Everyone must wear a mask upon entrance to the arena
- Players may enter the arena 30 minutes prior to game and exit the arena no later than 20 minutes following the game
For those who will not be attending, all NAPHL games will be broadcast live on HockeyTV by selecting the Elite Package.
*Schedules subject to change
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Day 1 Recaps
15U Division: The 15U division got things started on Friday with four games in Indiana. Esmark opened the day with a 3-1 win over Meijer, scoring in each period to pick up the victory. Tri-State managed to hold off a late Indy charge for a 3-2 win, as Brendan St. Julian’s third-period strike proved enough to outlast the Fuel comeback. Later on, Esmark picked up another victory as they dealt Indy another tough loss, riding a three-goal second period to a 3-2 win over the event hosts. Capping off the day, Meijer avenged its earlier loss with a comfortable 4-2 win over Tri-State, thanks to a two-goal showing from Jack Postula.
14U Division: The 14U division was the only other division to also got games going on Friday, with each team hitting the ice twice. The day opened with a tense affair between Meijer and Indy, as both teams scored in the first and stayed deadlocked at one until Josh Dumont’s game-winner for Meijer in the third period. Tri-State followed up with a different kind of win, walloping Des Moines 9-0 behind a slew of stout performances. Des Moines’ luck would not improve in the later games, as Meijer also had its way with the Buccaneers in a 10-1 win, though Jaxson Kaebel got Des Moines on the board in this matchup. Finally, Tri-State struck in the first and third periods and rode Connor Broderick’s 20-save shutout to a 2-0 win over Indy to end the day.