16U teams highlight FALL play on Sunday in Blaine
The NAPHL FALL League 2023-24 season continued with 15 games on Sunday. The first event takes place from September 2-4, 2023 at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
This is the first NAPHL event of the 2023-24 season, which is the 15th season of the NAPHL. This will be the third season of the FALL League.
This NAPHL FALL League is designed to give U18 and U16 teams the ability to play in a league within a shortened window of time before the Minnesota and Wisconsin high school seasons begin.
The 16U Division took center stage on Sunday with each team playing two games. The St. Cloud Norsemen, Janesville Jets, and Kenai River Brown Bears all won both their games on Sunday. For the Norsemen, Colemen Bumgarner had a hat-trick in the opening game and also scored in the second game, while Chase Evans had two goals. For the Jets, Zaylin Sweet and Bjorn Bahneman each had two goals. For the Brown Bears, Pacey Adduono had two goals and Carson Hauger posted a shutout. The Wisconsin Windigo, Odessa Jackalopes, Austin Bruins, and Chippewa Steel all went 1-1 on Sunday. The Minnesota Wilderness went 0-1-1 and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and Corpus Christi IceRays both went 0-2.
The St. Cloud Norsemen got 2nd period goals from Wyatt Tarnowski, Martin Timmons, Jack McClellan, and James Steiner in a 4-3 win over Odessa. In the next game, Henry Drevnick scored twice and Peyton Anderson made 10 saves to lead the Minnesota Wilderness to a 4-1 win over Austin. In the third game, it was a battle of unbeatens as Corpus Christi took on Janesville. Samuel Misak and Noah Gillette scored in the shootout for the IceRays as they took home a 2-1 win. The Kenai River Brown Bears got 28 saves from Ryder Miskovich and Caden Kubis in a 2-1 shootout win over Chippewa. Austin Bryant and Sawyer Graubins scored in the shootout for the Brown Bears. In the final game of the day, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs got two goals from Andrew Lindquist in a 6-3 win over the Windigo.
There will be three events, all of which are at the Super Rink in Blaine, MN, which will all take place before the high school seasons begin. The first event will take place from September 2-4. The second event will take place from September 14-17 in cooperation with the NAHL Showcase. The third and final event will take place from October 13-15 in Blaine, Minnesota, and will be the Fall League Playoff Championship.
Each team playing in the NAPHL Fall League will be named after an NAHL team and be represented as such. The NAPHL Fall League events are designed to maximize exposure for the players and bring together teams for likeminded and enhanced competition. Players will also participate in seminars that discuss the NAHL junior hockey experience, the ladder of development, as well as NCAA compliance seminars.
NAHL teams that are taking part in the Fall League with youth teams are: Austin Bruins, Chippewa Steel, Corpus Christi IceRays, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Janesville Jets, Kenai River Brown Bears, Minnesota Wilderness, St. Cloud Norsemen, and Wisconsin Windigo.