NAPHL enters final day of event in Minnesota
On Sunday, October 17th, the NAPHL continued its fourth event of the 2021-22 season as the Showcase League wrapped up play in the 14U and 16U Divisions in its first event of the season, while action continued in the FALL League Playoffs and T1ER West Conference teams also began play.
The event runs from October 15-18.
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 3 Recaps
18U Division: It was another busy day in each league across the 18U level, with 33 games on the docket. In Fall League action, Austin and Fairbanks advanced to Monday’s championship with respective wins over the Magicians/Brahmas and the Brown Bears/Steel. Elsewhere, Janesville shut out the Magicians 5-0 and Chippewa edged out the Wilderness 5-4 in the early games. Later on, Janesville picked up another win over the Brahmas 6-0 and Kenai River topped the Wilderness 5-4 in overtime.
Around the other leagues, Madison opened the day at the Super Rink with a 5-2 win over Team Alaska, the Arizona Bobcats tallied five in the final 40 minutes for a 6-2 win over the Jersey Whalers, the Northwest Stars dropped West Coast 5-1 and Ontario rode a three-goal second period past Colorado Springs 3-1.
Highland Park opened the Showcase League play with a tense 2-1 win over the Texas Tigers, with the Chicago Hawks knocking off the Dallas Penguins 6-2 and Naperville Sabres ousting the Philadelphia Little Flyers AA 4-3. Gurnee and Columbus Thunderbirds played an 8-4 classic that went to the Vipers, while Clearwater struck late for a 2-1 win over Orland Park and Arizona Hockey Union toppled the Northwest Chargers 3-1. Later on, the Chicago Jets hammered Big Sky 9-2, Affton cruised past Ogden 8-2, Littleton shut out Monument 4-0 and Mission Arizona rode a two-goal third past the Chicago Bruins 3-2. The St. Louis Sting then picked up another big win, 9-2 over New Mexico, as Chesterfield knocked off Tri-State AA 6-0 and West Dundee cruised past Cherry Creek 6-3.
Closing out the day’s action, Anaheim rolled over El Paso 9-0 and Tri-Valley’s Matvey Ivanov notched a hat-trick in a 5-2 win over PHA Icemen in the Showcase League, while Colorado Springs romped past Team Alaska 7-2, the Arizona Bobcats shut out Ontario 4-0, West Coast struck late to top Madison 3-2, the Jersey Whalers took down Shattuck St. Mary’s 3-2 and the Northwest Stars held off a late Tahoe charge to win 5-3 as T1ER play drew to a close.
16U Division: Another 29 games highlighted the 16U action in Blaine on Sunday.
In the Fall League, the Magicians topped the Bruins 6-2 in a preview of tomorrow’s championship tilt, while the Wilderness dropped Fairbanks 8-1 and Janesville ousted Chippewa 8-2.
The Showcase League saw the Chicago Bruins, Highland Park Falcons, Orland Park Vikings, Naperville Sabres and Northwest Chargers move to a perfect 4-0 with wins on Sunday. The Chargers kicked off the day with a 2-0 shutout of the Dallas Penguins, while the Hawks hammered the Condors 9-0, Orland Park tallied three in the third to beat Jersey Shore 5-1 and the Texas Tigers got a clutch goal from Malo Phillips in OT to top Gurnee 4-3. Highland Park’s Adrian Marek scored late in the third to give his team a 3-2 win over Gulf Coast, while Naperville filled the net in an 8-0 win over the Bobcats. The Bruins scored early and often to knock off the Thunderbirds 7-3, PHA Icemen shut out West Dundee 6-0 and the Jets blitzed Monument 9-1.
Later on, Littleton picked up its win — a 6-0 win over Indy — as Affton held off Arizona Hockey Union 3-1, Clearwater Blue knocked off the St. Louis Sting, Anaheim cruised past Geneva 7-0 and Mission Arizona took a 5-4 thriller over New Jersey in a shootout. Ontario defeated the Northwest Stars by a 7-0 score in a T1ER contest, and Atlanta tallied the deciding goal late for a 5-4 win over Janesville. Clearwater White rode a huge third period past Park City for a 4-1 win to start the later slate, with Big Sky earning a 4-3 OT win over New Mexico and Vegas starting hot in a 4-2 win over Madison. From there, Colorado Springs eased past West Coast 7-1 and Anaheim shut out the Brahmas 3-0.
Finally, in T1ER action, Tahoe edged out Madison 3-2 in OT, Northwest dropped West Coast 5-1, Ontario shut down Colorado Springs for a 3-0 win and Vegas closed things out with a 4-2 win over Arizona.
14U Division: The 14U Showcase League clubs closed out their trip to Blaine with 13 games on Sunday.
Naperville, West Dundee, Vegas, Chicago Bruins, Chicago Hawks and Orland Park each picked up victories to stay perfect at 4-0 on the young season. After the Leafs knocked off the Eagles 7-0 to start the day, the St. Louis Sting notched a 6-1 win over the Bobcats, the Bruins ousted Big Sky 11-0 and the Hawks held off Portland’s comeback bid for a 3-2 win. The Knights shut out the Vikings 6-0, the Blues hammered Gulf Coast 6-1 and the Jets won a 7-6 OT thriller over Arizona Hockey Union.
Later on, Gurnee tallied two in the third to beat PHA Icemen 4-2, Naperville rolled over East Coast 16-1 and Vegas’ Zachary Gay scored twice in a 3-2 win over Highland Park. Littleton closed out their stay with a resounding 16-0 win over El Paso, while Northwest and Orland Park capped off the event with back-to-back 3-2 OT victories.