Offense on full display on Day 1 in Texas
The fifth event of the 2021-22 NAPHL season got underway on Friday in Frisco, Texas with 18U, Prep, 16U and 14U teams taking to the ice as the Showcase League was on full display.
Offense was the story on Day 1 as pucks filled the nest at seven different locations in what is a beautiful and fun weekend in North Texas.
This weekend's event, which is part of the 2021-22 regular season, will feature 128 teams and feature action in the T1ER League Western Conference at the 18U, 16U, 15U, and 14U levels in addition to SHOWCASE League action in the 18U, 16U, and 14U age groups. It will also be the first regular season event of the 2021-22 season for the PREP League.
The event runs from November 12-15 and will be based in Frisco, Texas and be played at six different Children’s StarCenter’s throughout the area including: Frisco, Farmers Branch, McKinney, Plano, Richardson, and Valley Ranch. In addition, the NYTEX Sports Centre, which is home to the Lone Star and Texas Brahmas of the NAHL and NA3HL, will also host NAPHL games throughout the weekend.
Fans can follow the action all weekend long on the NAPHL website and on Twitter using the hashtag #NAPHLFrisco, which include highlights from all the games during the weekend.
All games can be watched live on HockeyTV
Merchandise: NAPHL merchandise will be on sale during the event at the Children's Health StarCenters in Farmers Branch, McKinney, and Plano. NAPHL merchandise is sold exclusively and only at NAPHL events and features the hottest and newest styles of sweatshirts, t-shirts, shorts, hats, and more!
Important Event Links
Ticket Offer: The NAHL's Lone Star Brahmas are hosting the defending Robertson Cup Champion Shreveport Mudbugs on Friday, November 12th and Saturday, November 13th, both at 7:30pm at the NYTEX Sports Centre. Go to brahmas.com and enter the promo code 'NAPHL' for special $5.00 tickets to the games.
Day 1 Recaps
14U Division: It was a busy day in the 14U Division. The Naperville Sabres won a pair of 4-2 games as Logan Huegel had a hat-trick in the first game. The St. Louis Knights went 2-0 as Jason Williams had four goals and Tyler Williamson had three goals. The Chicago Hawks won a pair of close games with a 4-1 win over the PHA Icemen and 2-1 overtime win over the Chicago Blues. Mark Shukin had two goals in the opener and Brody Boyer had the OT-winner. The West Dundee Leafs gave up just two goals in two wins on Friday. Ryan Schmidt had the shutout in the morning game and Marty Schliep had four points in the second win. The Chicago Bruins notched two wins, outscoring their opponents 15-1. Jake Sulek had five points in the two wins. The Highland Park Falcons picked up two wins as forward Luke Chiu had eight points on Friday. The St. Louis Eagles offense came alive in two wins on Friday as forward Braden Tillitt had nine points in the two wins. Also winning two games on Friday were the Chicago Jets, who allowed just two goals in two games and got four points from Max Meyer.
The Portland Jr. Winterhawks won their opening game in a shootout thanks to a winner from Cooper Jones, and then lost in overtime later in the day to the St. Louis Eagles as Arnet Clemen scored twice in the loss. Orland Park also lost and won a game as they fell to Portland in a shootout, but then handled El Paso as Jacob Purpura had four points. The Northwest Chargers won their opener 5-1, but dropped the nightcap 4-2. Ethan Waddell scored in both games. The Chicago Blues picked up three points on Day 1. Ben Schmollinger had five goals and an assist. The Gurnee Vipers went 1-1, which included a 7-save shutout in their win by Matteo Cisternino. Littleton split a pair of games as Ronan Hirschfield scored in both games.
Going 0-2 on the first day was the Arizona Hockey Union, El Paso Rhinos, Park City Ice Miners, Atlanta Madhatters, Arizona Bobcats, Gulf Coast Flames, and Montana Big Sky Stars.
16U Division: Orland Park went 2-0 on Day 1, which included 41 saves from Dane Goodwin in a 2-1 win in the opening game. The West Dundee Leafs went 2-0, as Caleb Handlet scored the OT-winner in the second game. The Anaheim Jr. Ducks were part of the big winners on Day 1 as they posted back-to-back shutouts. Olivier Caballero and Nick Cowles were in goal for the two wins. The Chicago Bruins went 2-0 on Day 1, which included a 33-save shutout by Kyle Hogan. The Littleton Hawks also won two games on Friday, as Dominic Nuanes had a pair of goals. The Naperville Sabres 15U team was dominant defensively in two wins, allowing just two goals, which included a shutout from Evan Davison. The Affton Americans 15 team also won a pair of games as Michael Soell had six points in the two wins.
The Chicago Jets and Chicago Hawks got things started, each scoring 10 goals in their opening wins. William Leshnock had a hat-trick for the Jets, who went 1-1 on the opening day. Brady Culin had four points for the Hawks, who also went 1-1. The Northwest Chargers also went 1-1 thanks to a 5-2 win and a 5-2 loss. The St. Louis Sting picked up three points, which included a a hat-trick from Kyan Brown in a win over Monument. Both Clearwater Ice Storm Blue and White teams went 1-1 on opening day. The Gurnee Vipers took three of four points on Day 1 as defenseman Nathaniel Maxwell had seven points on the day. The Texas Tigers split a pair of games on Day 1 as defenseman Logen McKenzie had four points in two games.
18U Division: The Prep League were in action on Day 1 with each team playing in two games. Shattuck-St. Mary’s picked up a pair of wins, allowing just one goal. Defenseman Connor Thue had three goals. Denver East also went 2-0 on the first day with wins over Stockton and St. Mary’s. Nicholas Chadd had four points in the two wins. Regis, Ft. Collins, Pacific Ridge, and St. Mary’s all went 1-1 on Day 1 with Stockton and Portland going 0-2.