16U, 14U Showcase teams complete Day 1 in Blaine
On Friday, October 15th, the NAPHL kicked off its fourth event of the 2021-22 season as the Showcase League made its 2021-22 season debut with all the 16U and 14U teams in action.
On Saturday, October 16th the remainder of the teams for the event will join in, which runs from October 15-18.
Seminars: In an effort to provide more opportunity to NAHL prospects at the NAPHL Showcase in Blaine, Tony Zasowski will be presenting a NAHL / NCAA Compliance and Education seminar to all guest teams. The presentations will be scheduled for Saturday, October 16 at 10am and 3pm in the Grand Hall of the National Sports Center located in the building directly to the right of the Super Rink. The total presentation time will be approximately 45 minutes with time for a short Q & A. In addition to all teams being encouraged to attend, parents and coaches are invited to attend. Tony will be discussing “The Path” to NCAA Hockey. The seminar will include climbing USA Hockey Develop Ladder, the levels of USA Hockey Juniors, and NCAA opportunities within NCAA Division I, III, and ACHA hockey along with NCAA compliance. Tony is the Director of the NAPHL as well as Director of Player Personnel for the NAHL.
The October event in Blaine will feature three of the NAPHL’s different leagues as the T1ER, FALL, and SHOW are all in action.
For the FALL League, this will be their third and final event as they will have their 2021 Playoffs. Each team in the 18U and 16U Divisions will play three round-robin games. The winners of each if the two pools will face-off in a winner-take-all Championship.
The T1ER League will continue its play with the Western Conference 18U and 16U teams coming to play for play in four regular season games. So far, each Western Conference team has played in eight games to date.
The NAPHL’s Showcase League (SHOW) will make their 2021-22 season debut in October in Blaine. The SHOW is for Tier I and Tier II teams from all over North America looking to showcase their players at NAPHL events. It includes teams from some of the strongest Tier II leagues in the United States like the CSDHL. The Blaine event is the first of three for the SHOW League.
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Day 1 Recaps
16U Division: A busy day at the 16U level featured a whopping 36 games on the docket. Littleton kicked things off with a 3-2 win over Gulf Coast, while Janesville, Clearwater and Park City each notched W’s as well. Naperville dealt the Dallas Penguins a 4-3 loss and the Jr. Ice Wolves hammered the Brahmas 10-0. The Chicago Bruins and Chicago Hawks were in fine form with respective 6-0 and 7-0 wins over Arizona Hockey Union and Clearwater Ice Storm, while West Dundee blitzed the Columbus Thunderbirds early in a 4-1 win and the Gurnee Vipers rolled over Mission Arizona 10-3. The Texas Tigers also picked up a narrow 1-0 win on the strength of a first-period tally and the Chargers netted a half-dozen in 40 minutes to top the New Jersey Jr. Titans 6-2. Elsewhere, Geneva and Indy played a 5-4 thriller that came down to a Caden Day OT winner for the Cyclones, PHA Icemen ousted Affton by the same score in regulation time, Anaheim and Highland Park each picked up 8-0 victories, Orland Park potted three unanswered for a 5-2 win and the St. Louis Sting rode a five-goal outburst past the Bakersfield Condors 7-2. In the later slate, Littleton made it 2-for-2 on the day with a 5-0 shutout of Columbus, as Janesville did the same to New Mexico. Anaheim topped Clearwater 5-3, Atlanta rode Sebastian Kaminsky’s hat-trick past Big Sky 5-2, Park City toppled the Brahmas 9-0 and Highland Park dealt the Tigers a 5-0 defeat.
Moving along, Naperville won a thriller, 5-4 in OT, over PHA Icemen to stay perfect, the Chicago Hawks erupted for a 14-1 win over Monument and the Chicago Bruins ousted the Jersey Shore Whalers 8-0. Gurnee then eased past Indy 5-1 while Northwest and the Chicago Jets each picked up 3-0 shutouts over Clearwater and New Jersey, respectively. Capping things off, Bakersfield salvaged a win on the day with a 5-3 decision over the Arizona Bobcats, Affton put on a late-game show in a 7-2 win over Mission Arizona and the St. Louis Sting moved to 2-0 on Friday with a 3-2 shootout win over Arizona Hockey Union. Gulf Coast held of Geneva for a 3-1 win, Orland Park put on a balanced show for a 4-0 win over the Dallas Penguins and West Dundee concluded day one with a. Tight 3-2 win over Anaheim.
14U Division: Each of the 26 clubs in the 14U Showcase Division played two games on Friday. Ten clubs remain perfect through day one, with 15 picking up at least one victory.
The day opened with a 3-2 shootout victory for Orland Park over the St. Louis Knights and a comfortable 8-1 win for Gurnee over Gulf Coast. A flurry of big wins followed, with West Dundee hammering Arizona 10-1, Littleton ousting Big Sky 17-0 and the Chicago Bruins shutting down El Paso 11-0. Vegas cleaned up the early slate with a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Sting. Later on, the St. Louis Eagles picked up a 3-2 shootout win over PHA Icemen, while Naperville knocked off Atlanta 4-2 and the Chicago Jets dealt Portland a 7-0 defeat. The Chicago Hawks flexed their muscles in an 8-1 win over Arizona Hockey Union, as Northwest cruised past East Coast 11-0, the Chicago Blues struck for five in the final 40 minutes for a 6-1 win over Park City and Highland Park thumped the Columbus Vikings 6-2. Those Vikings opened up the late games as well, but fell to Naperville by a 10-0 final as Vegas dealt the Jets a 3-0 loss. The St. Louis Sting rebounded from their early loss to drop PHA Icemen 6-0, and the Eagles were in cruise control during a 9-1 win over Arizona.
The St. Louis Knights earned their first win in style with a whopping 15-0 win over El Paso, while the Chicago Hawks took an OT thriller 5-4 over the Madhatters. Orland Park brought us back to the blowouts in an 11-0 win over Big Sky, West Dundee topped Arizona Hockey Union 7-2 and Northwest tallied four unanswered to oust Portland 4-2. Finally, Littleton closed the day atop the 14U Showcase standings with a 7-1 win over Park City, Highland Park stayed hot to beat Gulf Coast 8-1, the Bruins beat the Blues 2-1 in OT as Tomasz Lulinski netted both goals and Gurnee capped things off with a resounding 10-0 shutout of East Coast.