NAPHL moves onto final day of T1ER event in St. Peters
The second event of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) T1ER 2021-22 season continued on Sunday at the St. Peters Rec Plex in St. Peters, MO, all four age groups took to the ice in another day of wall-to-wall hockey.
The 14U and 15U Divisions played their final games of the event, while the 16U and 18U teams will complete their events on Monday, October 4th.
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. Each NAPHL team from the T1ER Central Conference will play four games this weekend from October 1-4.
All NAPHL games will be broadcast live through HockeyTV, the official broadcast provider of the NAPHL.
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Day 3 Recaps
14U Division: The 14U teams finished their event in St. Peters on Sunday with six final games. The Arizona Bobcats completed a four-win weekend with a 2-1 shootout win over Colorado Springs. Mason Knaffla had the lone goal in regulation and the shootout winner, and Tucker Scott made 44 saves in the win. Madison came from behind to beat the Indy Jr. Fuel, 6-5 in a shootout. Wyatt Ezman had a hat-trick and an assist in the win. Thanks to 25 saves from goalie Zeke Jenrich, the Northwest Stars beat the Ontario Jr. Reign, 3-1. The Esmark Stars got four goals from Emmet McClaine and a 19-save shutout from Kyle McLaughlin in an 11-0 win over Des Moines. CarShield forward Dylan Luecke had four goals and two assists and Miles Jensen stopped all 10 shots that came his way as they shutout Tri-State, 13-0. In the final game, Reapers goalie Norbert Bdzoch stopped all 14 shots that came his way and Ted Drury had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over Biggby Coffee.
15U Division: The Indy Jr. Fuel got a hat-trick and an assist from Joey Konesco and a 17-save shutout from Sam Burcal as they blanked the Colorado Springs Tigers, 9-0. Biggby Coffee defeated the Reapers, 4-2, as Riley Fast had two goals and an assist and Andrew Klei made 28 saves in the win. Behind two goals and an assist from Teddy Richardson, CarShield cruised to a 7-0 win over the Ontario Jr. Reign. In the final game, Tri-State goalie Wes Wojtowicz stopped 50 of 51 shots to help his team to a 3-1 win over Des Moines.
16U Division: There were four games on the schedule during Sunday’s action in St. Peters. The Northstar Knights stayed perfect in NAPHL action, moving their record to 7-0 thanks to a 4-0 shutout of Biggby Coffee. Sam Kartch had two goals and Max Weilandt made 16 saves in the win. Des Moines got a 27-save shutout from Maclain Weasler in a 6-0 win over the Indy Jr. Fuel. Garrett Bouschor scored twice in the win for Des Moines. In one of the better games of the day, the host CarShield handed the Esmark Stars their first NAPHL loss of the season thanks to a 2-1 shootout win. Jack Solomon made 19 saves in the win and Alex Cameron had the shootout winner. In the last game of the day, the Reapers got two goals from Owen Drury in a 7-3 win over the Tri-State Spartans.
18U Division: The 18U Division was busy with eight games on the schedule at the RecPlex. The Reapers were one of the big winners of the day picking up two wins. The first being a 6-3 win over Biggby Coffee as Edward Paulissian and Justin Schneider each scored twice. In the nightcap, goalie Beckham Dempsey made 29 saves as the Reapers beat the Esmark Stars, 4-2. The Northstar Knights also went 2-0 on Sunday to move their NAPHL record to a perfect 7-0 on the season. Reese Laubach was the star in the first game as he had two goals and three assists in a 5-1 win over Tri-State. In the nightcap, Brady Jones and Ashton Christman scored late in the 3rd period to squeeze out a 4-3 win over the Indy Jr. Fuel. The Tri-State Spartans rebounded from their earlier loss with a 3-1 win over CarShield as Nolan Foster made 16 saves in the win. Biggby Coffee also rebounded for a nice win later in the day as they got 35 saves from goalie Ben Daguanno in a 3-2 overtime win over Des Moines. The Esmark Stars also got a win on Sunday as goalie Nikita Volski made 26 saves in a win over Des Moines. Finally, the Indy Jr. Fuel got two goals and two assists from Connor Smith as they came from behind to beat CarShield in a shootout, 5-4.