18U Top Prospects and Prospects Challenge complete busy Sunday
18U Top Prospects Recaps:
Minnesota 2 vs. T1EHL East 0 – Minnesota captured the NAHL 18U Top Prospects Tournament title as they avenged their round-robin loss to T1EHL East thanks a 2-0 win in the title game. The goalie combination of Hampton Slukynsky (16 saves) and Damian VanDanacker (20 saves) combined for the shutout. Drake Ramirez had both goals for Minnesota, which included the game’s opening goal early in the 2nd period and an empty-net goal in the 3rd period. T1EHL East goaltender Ryan Lehet made 14 saves in the loss.
NAPHL 3 vs. T1EHL West 0 – Ben Daguanno stopped all 18 shots that came his way as the NAPHL finished in 3rd place in the NAHL 18U Top Prospects Tournament thanks to a 3-0 shutout win over T1EHL West. The NAPHL scored a goal in each of the three periods as Ryan Dann lit the lamp in the 1st period, Connor Broadhead scored in the 2nd period and Brendan Johnson scored a 3rd period goal. Nikolas Charles (9 saves, 11 shots) and Isaac Mejia-Troop (8 saves/9 shots) both played in the loss for T1EHL West.
NAHL Combine 6 vs. NA3HL 1 – For the second straight game, the NAHL Combine team racked up six goals as they beat the NA3HL, 6-1. Tye Battipaglia had two goals in the win for the Combine team. After a scoreless 1st period, the NA3HL got on the board first in the 2nd period as Jack Lambert scored their lone goal of the game. It was all Combine team after that as they scored four goals in the 2nd period to take a 4-1 lead as Battipaglia scored twice and Ethan Donovan and Brooks Wright also added goals. In the 3rd period, the Combine team put the game away with goals from Logan Ganz and Andrew Knapp. Brandon Appelman made 20 saves in the win, while Quentin Sigurdson (11 saves, 12 shots) and Jack Orchard (12 saves, 17 shots) both played in the loss.
All games can be watched live on HockeyTV
The NAHL Prospects Challenge is an extension of the NAPHL Fall League, in which 18U and 16U teams, will be put together and represented by NAHL teams. The NAHL Prospects Challenge was strategically designed to take place during the NAHL's Robertson Cup National Championship with all games in the area, which will allow more NAHL teams to participate and attract prospects from a greater geographical area.
The event is designed to maximize exposure for the players and bring together teams for likeminded and enhanced competition. Each NAHL member club will be eligible to enter one 18U team and one 16U team in the event. Teams will play a three-game round robin with top teams advancing and remaining teams playing a consolation game on Sunday. Games will take place at the Super Rink in Blaine and the TCO Sports Garden in Vadnais Heights from May 21-23.
Prospects Challenge Recaps:
16U: Minnesota Wilderness’ River Freeman and Wyatt Mineheine each had a goal and two assists in their 7-1 win over the Corpus Christi Ice Rays. John Scott also had two goals in the win. Alexander Sabev stopped all 13 shots that came at him to secure the shutout and Kenai River’s victory over the Springfield Jr. Blues. Blake Schultz had a pair of goals and two assists in the win. Connor Raffaelli scored his 2nd of the game 3:22 into overtime to help the Wisconsin Windigo take down the Janesville Jets 5-4. Landon Carpenter, Kody Moyer, and Tucker Welch were the other goal scorers for the Windigo. Chase Hennessy stopped all 18 shots he faced to secure the 3-0 shutout victory for the Chippewa Steel over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Keaton Orrey, Cameron Roth, and Carson Ilc were the goalscorers for the Steel. Goals from Liam Moser, Luke Miller, Saterdalen Cole, and Eastoon Swift helped Minnesota Teal take down Minnesota Grey 4-0. Jack Hochsprung stopped all shots that came at him to tally the shutout. Michael Casey deposited a hat trick in the New Mexico Ice Wolves’ 4-0 win over the Austin Bruins. Goaltender Landon Palmgren kept out all 14 shots faced for the Ice Wolves. The Anchorage Wolverines took down the St. Cloud Norsemen in a shootout by a final score of 4-3. Elias Schutt scored a pair of goals in regulation for the Wolverines. Netminder AJ Reyelts stopped all but one of 17 shots that came at him in the Minot Minotauros’ 6-1 win over the Northeast Generals. Louie Wehmann added a goal and two assists in the win. Wisconsin Windigo topped the Corpus Christi IceRays by a final score of 4-2. Kody Moyer netted two goals in the contest. The Chippewa Steel took down the Springfield Jr. Blues by a wide margin, 8-2. Keaton Orrey recorded 3 points (1G, 2A) and Brock Alberts handed out 3 assists in the game. Minnesota Gray edged the Anchorage Wolverines in a 5-4 final. Caleb Waller found the back of the net twice. The New Mexico Ice Wolves shutout the Northeast Generals in a 5-0 final. Netminder Owen Huiseman turned away all 18 shots he faced, while Easton Rooney added three points in the win. Minnesota Teal defeated the Minnesota Wilderness in a close game, 3-2. Three different forwards found the back of the net with Brooks Gengler, Luke Miller and Liam Moser. The Kenai River Brown Bears took a commanding 7-2 win over the Austin Bruins. Will O’Donovan added a goal and two assists in the win. The St. Cloud Norsemen topped the Janesville Jets in a 6-1 final score. Jonah Netted totalled 4 points with two goals and two assists in the win. The Minot Minotauros defeated the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in a 4-1 contest. Louie Wehmann added two goals and goaltender AJ Reyelts stopped 11 of the 12 shots he faced.
18U: Benjamin Cleary scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the Kenai River Brown Bears the 4-3 win over the Springfield Jr. Blues. Shae Gavin had a pair of goals in the victory. Minnesota Wilderness forward Kade Kohanski had two goals and three points in their 6-1 win over the Corpus Christi Ice Rays. Cole Christian, Justin Kerr, Will Esterbrooks, and Wyatt Carlson were the other Minnesota goalscorers. Mason Grenier kept out all 24 shots he faced to help the Janesville Jets take down the Wisconsin Windigo 3-0. Owen Meyer, Carson Zick, and Jack Marske each had goals for the Jets. Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Evan Williams had a hat trick in their 7-3 win over the Chippewa Steel. Jack Ohlund also had a goal and three assists in the victory. Five different Austin Grizzlies scored in their 6-1 victory over the Lone Star Brahmas. Tyler Gibson scored a pair of goals for the Grizzlies in the 1st period. Forward Adam Timm buried two goals and dished an assist to help lift the New Mexico Ice Wolves past the Austin Bruins 7-4. Connor Dahl also scored a pair of goals in the contest for Austin. Isaac Nett scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the St. Cloud Norsemen past the Anchorage Wolverines 2-1. St. Cloud’s Isaac Nett and Anchorage’s Rylan Anaruk were the goalscorers in regulation. Netminder Luke Swanson stopped all shots he faced to secure the shutout and a 4-0 victory for the Minot Minotauros over the Northeast Generals. Devin Cardenas had a pair of goals in the victory. Ryan Roethke scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the Corpus Christi Ice Rays the win over the Wisconsin Windigo. Roethke and Max Tedestedht scored the goals in regulation for Corpus Christi. The Chippewa Steel shut out the Springfield Jr. Blues and scored five goals in their afternoon 5-0 victory. Colin Comeau, Erik Pilich, Tory Lund, Noah Gillette, and Trey Gnetz were the goalscorers for Chippewa. Seven different Anchorage Wolverines skaters found the back of the net in their 7-0 victory over the Lone Star Brahmas. Cole Schmidt kept out all 9 shots he faced to secure the shutout. The Northeast Generals scored two goals in the final two minutes of regulation to grab the comeback 4-3 victory over the New Mexico Ice Wolves. Brock Behrend led all skaters with a goal and two points. Aidan Spenningsby potted a pair of goals and dished an assist in the Minnesota Wilderness’ 5-0 victory over the Austin Grizzlies. Ben Dardis saved all of the shots that came at him to secure the shutout. Kenai River Brown Bears forward Anthony Launderville scored the lone goal of the contest in the 1st period to give them the 1-0 win over the Austin Bruins. Nick Weick kept out all shots that Austin put towards him to grab the shutout. Janesville Jets skaters Joah Tatar, Evan Eische, and Jack Marske each had a goal and an assist in their 5-1 victory over the St. Cloud Norsemen. Joe Rice scored the lone goal for the Norsemen. The Minot Minotauros took down the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 6-1 with multi-point performances from Madson Kuhl, Jackson Egner, Kaeden Hawkins, Ben Polomsky, and Charles Panchisin. Maclain Weasler stopped all but one of 30 shots in the win.