NAPHL concludes final day of action in St. Peters
The NAPHL wrapped up the event in St. Peters, Missouri, with one final day of action in the 18U and 16U Divisions.
The second event of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) T1ER 2021-22 season concluded on Monday at the St. Peters Rec Plex in St. Peters, MO.
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.
Day 4 Recaps
18U Division: There were four final games in the 18U Division on Monday. The Northstar Knights started things off with a convincing 11-1 win over Biggby Coffee. The Knights, who moved their NAPHL record to a perfect 8-0 on the season, got two goals and an assist from Cody Croal in the win. The Des Moines Buccaneers AAA team got 19 saves from Matthew Syverson in a 3-0 shutout of the Indy Jr. Fuel. Ryan Roethke had a goal and an assist for the Bucs in the win. The Esmark Stars exploded for eight goals in an 8-3 win over CarShield. Hunter Fairmain and Ethan Zupanc each scored twice in the win. In the final game of the day, the Reapers won their third straight game as they doubled up the Tri State Spartans, 4-2. Jackson Reda made 22 saves in the win and Justin Schneider had a goal and an assist.
16U Division: The Reapers started the morning off with a big 7-0 shutout win over the Indy Jr. Fuel. Jeff Dublo made 37 saves in the shutout and David Ras and Caden Michael each had two goals in the win. Des Moines posted a close 3-2 win over Tri-State on the final day. TJ Gibson and Cooper Johnson each had a goal and an assist in the win. In one of the better games of the event, the Northstar Knights came from two goals down to beat the Esmark Stars in overtime, 3-2. Sam Kartch scored two goals for the Knights, including the overtime-winner. In the final game of the day, CarShield goalie Branson Appelman stopped all 33 shots that came his way in an 8-0 shutout of Biggby Coffee. Nick Puricelli and Sam Carosello each had a hat-trick and an assist in the win.