Day 1 results of NAPHL East Showcase in Romeoville
The North American Prospects Hockey League’s (NAPHL) third event of the season kicked off on Friday in Romeoville, Illinois, as the 18U Division took center stage on Day 1. After eight of the teams had their chance to climb the standings a few weeks ago in San Jose, the remainder of the 10 teams had their opportunity on the first day of the East Showcase, as each 18U team played two games on the first day.
If you can’t make it to the event in Romeoville, you can watch all the games live on FASTHockey.
Action photos of the event in Romeoville are available online through Gametime Sports Photos.
Here is a look at how each 18U team did on Day 1:
Atlanta Fire: It was a tough day for the Fire as they were shutout in both of their games on Day 1. In the morning game, the Fire fell to the St. Louis Selects, 1-0. Goaltender Nick Bretzger made 29 saves in the loss. In the afternoon contest, the Fire fell to the Lansing Capitals, 6-0. Goaltender Jacob Stack had to make 34 saves.
California Titans: The Titans, who are playing in the event as a special invitee and whose games don’t count in the standings, lost both their games on Day 1. In morning game, the Titans were edged by the Lansing Capitals, 2-1. Tucker May scored the lone goal and Jason Semchak made 30 save. In the afternoon contest, the Titans fell 3-0 to Pittsburgh. Brandon Brown made 31 saves in the loss.
Detroit Falcons: The Falcons fell in the morning contest, 7-2 to the West Michigan Hounds. Matt Dempsey and Brian Stack had the goals. In the evening game, the Falcons played better and defeated the New Jersey Jr. Titans in a shootout, 4-3. Ethan Sarfati had two goals in regulation and another in the shootout to give Detroit the win.
Indiana Jr. Ice: The Jr. Ice went 1-1 on Day 1. In the opening game, the Ice lost to the Pittsburgh Viper Stars, 4-2. Sam Zike had a goal and an assist in the loss. In the second game, the Ice came from behind to tie the game late and then defeat St. Louis in a shootout, 3-2. Chase Munroe made 24 saves and Ryan Murphy had a goal and an assist.
Lansing Capitals: The Capitals were one of the big movers on Day 1 as they won both their games. In the morning contest, the Caps defeated the California Titans, 2-1. Brad Reitter, Zach Roberts and Zac DeSimpelare all had two-point games. In the nightcap, Lansing beat Atlanta, 6-0. Bryce Goulah posted the shutout and Roberts had another multi-point game.
New Jersey Jr. Titans: Playing with a shortened squad because of the recent storms in New Jersey, the Titans dropped both their games on Day 1. In the opener, they were shutout by Omaha, 4-0. Christopher D’Alessio made 27 saves in the loss. In the afternoon, game the Titans picked up a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to Detroit. Andrew Vovk had a goal for New Jersey.
Omaha AAA: Omaha went undefeated on Day 1 in Romeoville, picking up two wins. In the morning contest, Vladyslav Slyusarchuk made 24 saves in a 4-0 shutout. In the night game, Alex Arnold scored his second goal of the day and Rodmon Nikrovan scored as the 8th shooter as Omaha picked up a 3-2 win in a shootout over West Michigan.
Pittsburgh Viper Stars: The Viper Stars also climbed the standings on Day 1 as they picked up a pair of wins. In the opening game, Trevor Recktenwald scored twice in a 4-2 win over the Indiana Jr. Ice. In the nightcap, it was a 3-0 shutout of the California Titans. Cameron Langham made 17 saves and Sam Schiffer, Connor Cash and Jonathan Casper each had a goal and an assist.
St. Louis Selects: The Selects picked up 3 of 4 points during their opening two games on Day 1. In the morning game, goalie Curtis Vitale stopped all 26 shots in a 1-0 win over Atlanta. Tyler Gilleland had the lone goal. In the night game, the Selects got goals from John Patterson and Alex Klaesner in a 3-2 shootout loss to Indiana. Brad Amato made 21 saves.
West Michigan Hounds: The Hounds picked up 3 of a possible 4 points on Day 1. In the opening game, Christian Howard scored twice and Collin Finkhouse and PJ Heger each had a goal and assist in a 7-2 win over Detroit. In the night game, Finkhouse scored two more goals, but it wasn’t enough in a close 3-2 shootout loss to West Michigan.