Day 2 in Minnesota comes to a close
The NAPHL continued play in the T1ER and FALL Leagues on Day 2 of the event in Minnesota, which is being played in cooperation with the NAHL Showcase.
Day 2 was highlighted by another busy morning to night schedule at three different locations. So far, the event has experienced record-breaking attendance by fans and over 300 NHL, NCAA, and junior scouts.
The action in the NAPHL has been competitive and close for the most part. One of the best things of bringing everyone together in one location is the ability for teams to play other teams who do not fit their normal geographical footprint. This year's even features teams from Alaska to Maine.
Entering its 13th season in 2021-22, the NAPHL is made up of USA Hockey-sanctioned teams that compete in the 18U, 16U, 15U and 14U levels. NAPHL teams will compete at the NAHL Showcase from September 16-19.
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 checked in on Day 3 of the event, which began on Wednesday.
All games will be broadcast live through HockeyTV, the official broadcast provider of the NAPHL.
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Important Note: The Fall Showcase September 16th-19th in Blaine, MN is the only NAPHL Event during the season that is ticketed. This is due to the fact that it is held in conjunction with the NAHL Showcase featuring all 29 NAHL teams as well as the US National Development Team. Please be sure to review the ticket prices and policies.
Day 2 recaps
18U Division: Day two featured another busy day for the 18U clubs in Blaine, MN. East Coast got things started with a 6-3 win over Madison, while the Jersey Whalers and Esmark ousted 95 Giants and Colorado Springs, respectively. Des Moines shut out Maine 3-0, and Northwest romped past New Hampshire 9-2 to cap off the morning slate.
A 2020 Dixon Cup rematch between Northstar and Philadelphia went the way of the Knights by a 4-1 final, while Tri-State and Shattuck St. Mary’s were in cruise control in respective games against New Jersey and Indy, and Ontario and the Moose took narrow shootout wins over Carshield and Biggby Coffee. Later on, the Gray Ducks kept rolling with a 4-1 win over Tahoe Prep, and Reapers Hockey netted three in the third to top the Voyageurs 5-2. The Walleye continued their strong play with a 7-3 decision against 95 Giants, the Lakers held off Arizona for a wild 5-4 OT win and the Janesville Jets rode a three-goal final frame to a 5-3 win over the Texas Brahmas.
Finally, the Magicians kicked off the late games with a 7-3 win over Austin while the Blue Ox were in fine form with a 6-1 win over West Coast behind Bruce Halonen’s hat-trick. Kenai River picked up a big win over Fairbanks 4-2, Chippewa did the same with a 2-1 win over the Wilderness and the Green Giants put a bow on things with a comfortable 5-1 win over Team Alaska.
16U Division: The 16U action ramped up with another loaded day on Friday. Dylan Garvin got things started with a bang, notching a hat-trick in New Hampshire’s 4-1 win over Indy, while Dominick Dalessandro and Nicolas Dignazio chipped in two goals apiece to pace the Little Flyers’ 6-1 win over Biggby Coffee. From there, Tri-State netted three in the final 40 to knock off Colorado Springs 4-1 and East Coast held off a late comeback bid to top Northwest 4-3. Moving along, Carshield raced past New Jersey for a 6-1 win, Alaska ousted West Coast 2-1 on the strength of Fischer Sims’ OT winner, the Lakers shut down Madison en route to a 2-0 win and the Green Giants continued their stout showing at this week’s event with a 9-1 win over Arizona.
In the afternoon slate, the Walleye rode a hot start past Vegas 3-1, Esmark’s four-goal flurry in the second period guided the Stars past the Moose 4-3, the Blue Ox steamrolled Chippewa 13-0 and Ontario pulled away late in a dominant 6-1 showing against the Wilderness. After dark, Northstar showed its mettle with a statement 7-0 win over the Magicians, Austin eased past Tahoe Prep 10-1, Reapers Hockey easily handled Fairbanks for a 9-1 win and Des Moines stayed perfect with a 6-2 win over Janesville to cap off day two.
15U Division: After a thrilling first day in Blaine, 15U teams began to pull away with strong follow-up efforts on day two. The Walleye opened the day with a 4-3 shootout win over Tri-State, as the Lakers stayed perfect with a 6-1 win over Carshield. The Blue Ox netted once in each period for a 3-0 win over Biggby Coffee AAA, while the Green Giants erupted for four goals in the final 40 minutes en route to a 5-1 win over Madison and the Moose slammed the door on Ontario, winning 4-0 in their tilt.
Later on, it was Indy picking up a narrow win as the Jr. Fuel knocked off the Loons 3-2 in a shootout, and the Reapers maintained the lone perfect record in the T1ER Central Conference with a 9-1 win over Philadelphia. The Polars knocked off Colorado Springs 4-1 on the back of a three-goal second period, and New Jersey won a thriller as the Titans knocked off Des Moines 5-4 with a pair of third-period strikes. Finally, Carson Doxsey put on a show for Tri-State, as he nabbed a hat-trick in his team’s 7-4 win over Janesville to conclude the day.
14U Division: 14U action continued at Plymouth Ice Center with another 11 games on Friday. The Moose earned the first win of the day with a 4-3 overtime decision against Indy, as Madison hammered Tri-State 6-2 and Esmark ousted the Polars 6-4 in the adjacent rinks. The Loons came from behind to deal the Reapers a 4-2 loss, the Lakers ousted Arizona 4-3 behind Caden Lindsey’s OT heroics and Carshield potted two in the third period to knock off the Green Giants 4-2 in the last of the early games.
Later on, the Gray Ducks cruised past Des Moines 6-2, the Walleye did the same in a 9-3 win over Ontario and the Blue Ox picked up a 7-3 win over Biggby Coffee. Closing out the day, the Voyageurs handed Colorado Springs a 7-2 defeat and New Jersey struck for two in the final 40 to knock off Northwest 3-1.