Second NAPHL event in Blaine features great competition
October 23, 2017
Heading into the final day of NAPHL event #2 of the 2017-18 season at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, MN, the competition has been fierce.
NAHL Central Scouting members, who are identifiable by their black NAHL Central Scouting Bauer jackets, have been busy evaluating prospects during the entire event.
One of the big advantages of playing in the NAPHL this season is the exclusive NAHL Central Scouting system. It is one of the big reasons that the NAPHL is advancing more and more players on to the NAHL than ever before are the direct benefits associated being directly involved with one another, which includes NAHL Central Scouting. NAHL Central Scouting is dedicated to finding NAPHL hockey players, evaluating them in a true unbiased manner and then organizing and providing that information to NAHL teams. No other midget league in the United States has a system like it, where its primary mission is the advancement of players.
The NAPHL has proved over the years that the league is a great stepping-stone for development and training for young hockey players looking to gain experience and knowledge to work their way up to the National level.
All games are broadcast live through HockeyTV, the official broadcast provider of the NAPHL.
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This will be the final regular season event for the 15U Division, who play 9 regular season games. All 13 teams will qualify for the Dixon Cup Playoffs, which will take place from December 1-4 in Blaine, MN. A playoff format will be announced in the near future.
The Alaska Oilers have clinched the regular season title. After that, it is a race for 2nd place between New Jersey, Omaha AAA and Washington. Following that group is a group of five teams that are separated by just two points in Carshield AAA, Elite Hockey, Meijer AAA, Esmark and Rocky Mountain. Rounding out the group is Madison, Tampa, Arizona, and Colorado Springs. The 15U Division has been very balanced this season with each team suffering one loss and everyone having at least one win.
The race for the regular season scoring title is a three-man one between New Jersey’s Daniyal Dzhaniyev (19 points), New Jersey’s Jake LaRusso (18 points) and Alaska’s Cameron Morris (16 points).
After the 16U Division played in some exhibition games to start the season at the NAHL Showcase, all teams began the regular season this weekend in Blaine. Entering Monday, five teams are off to 3-0 starts including Rocky Mountain, New Jersey, Everett, Esmark and CarShield AAA. Four teams sit at 2-1 including Sioux Falls, Madison, Arizona, and Valley Forge. At 1-2 are Meijer AAA, Pursuit of Excellence, Shattuck-St. Mary’s and California. Still looking for their first wins are Thunder Bay, Washington, Colorado Springs, Elite Hocket and Dallas.
A host of players are tied for the scoring lead in the 16U Division with six points, including Leo Bacallao from Madison and Noah Decker from Rocky Mountain.
The 18U Division played a pair of regular season games at the NAHL Showcase to open the season and a full slate at the event in October. Only two teams remain without a regulation loss, which include Elite Hockey (4-0) and Rocky Mountain (4-0-1). In the hunt right behind the leaders are CarShield AAA, Sioux Falls, and Madison, all at 4-1. At 3-1-1 are Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Tampa, and Esmark. Behind that group are Valley Forge and Colorado Springs with 6 points each. With 4 points are Pursuit of Excellence, Meijer AAA, and Thunder Bay. Teams with one win include Wenatchee, New Jersey, Arizona, and Everett. Dallas and California are still looking for their first wins.
Leading the way individually through five games are CarShield AAA teammates Eric Brown and Joe Winklemann, who each have 8 points to lead the 18U Division.