All-Star Games highlight Day 3 in Blaine
December 16, 2019
The sixth event of the 2019-20 NAPHL season continued with its third full day of the event on Sunday as the league returned to the NSC Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota for four days of hockey action.
On Sunday all NAPHL teams were in action in the High Performance, Elite and Showcase Divisions, with the 16U teams playing in two games and the 18U teams each playing one game.
Over 130 college and junior scouts have checked in through the first three days of the event, including several NAHL head coaches.
All games this weekend will be broadcast live on HockeyTV
This weekend's event is played in cooperation with the 2019 NA3HL Showcase, which runs from December 15-17 at the Super Rink. All NA3HL teams will play three regular-season games at the Showcase, which is annually one of the most well-attended and scouted events of the entire season for the league, attracting college and junior scouts alike. The NA3HL Showcase brings every NA3HL team under one roof, which allows scouts to see all the great talent the league has to offer. Not only does the showcase see a large presence of NCAA scouts but NAHL Central Scouting is also in attendance, furthering the chances for players to earn a call up to the NAHL.
Day 3 recaps:
After a busy Saturday, 18U play slowed down a bit with 20 contests on Sunday. Esmark opened the day with a 4-2 win over Omaha, Meijer outlasted Sioux Falls for a 1-0 win, Northstar rolled past Everett 4-1, Ontario edged Pilot Mound 1-0 in a shootout, Colorado Springs knocked off CYA 3-1, Shattuck St. Mary’s notched a 4-1 win over Des Moines and Carshield shut down Thunder Bay for a 4-0 victory.
Later, Naperville struck late for a 2-1 win over McKinney, Arizona blasted Tri-State 7-1, Florida Alliance topped Portland 5-2, Chicago Hawks came on strong late for a 4-2 win over Hyland Hills, Chicago Bruins edged Park City 3-2 with a late comeback and Chesterfield potted three in the third for a 6-3 victory over Clearwater.
Concluding Sunday’s league action, Highland Park outgunned Dallas Penguins 6-4, West Dundee trounced Orland Park 7-2, Arizona Mission posted a 5-2 victory over Littleton, South Florida held off a late charge from Vernon Hills for a 2-1 win, TRC strolled past Affton 5-1 and Geneva put their foot down for a 6-3 victory over Arizona Hockey Union.
In the 2019 NAPHL 18U All-Star game, Team Hockeywolf took a 3-2 win over Team Warroad.
Ryder Brophy put Team Warroad ahead in the first minute, but Jens Richards equalized for Team Hockeywolf before the period ended. Jakub Rusina added another for Team Hockeywolf in the second, before Gavin Waltz of Team Warroad again leveled the affair late in the third. With under a minute to play, though, Ben Strinden found twine to give Team Hockeywolf the win.
Jens Richards of Northstar and Team Hockeywolf was named 18U All-Star Game MVP.
The 16U action picked up again on Sunday, with 18 games slated for the final day of play.
Central Florida got things started with a 3-0 shutout of Chicago Hawks, Naperville knocked off Arizona 4-0, Geneva shut down Nashville 7-1, Omaha handled Des Moines 8-3, Arizona edged out Madison 2-1 and Littleton topped Clearwater 3-2 in overtime.
Later, Affton fired on all cylinders in a 6-2 win over Park City, West Dundee brought down Lansing 5-2, Northern Express knocked off Vegas 6-3, Texas toppled Chesterfield 6-3, DYHA escaped past Chicago Jets 2-1 in a shootout and Esmark trounced Carshield in an 8-0 shutout.
Closing out the day of league play, Sioux Falls dropped Everett 7-1, Orland Park shut out McKinney 6-0, Highland Park was in cruise control in an 11-1 win over Arizona Mission, Florida Alliance defeated Meijer 9-1 and Gentry dumped Colorado Springs 9-0.
The 2019 NAPHL 16U All-Star Game highlighted the end of the showcase, with Team Warroad taking a 6-5 win over Team Hockeywolf.
The high-scoring affair was highlighted by goals from Alex Keller, Nick Ramm, Parker Anderson, Max Maisano, Ethan Zupanc and Adis Ultanbekov from Team Warroad. Connor Kurth had a hat-trick for Team Hockeywolf, joining Jacob Napier and Cade Bradley in the goal column for their team. Bailey McGraw, Nick Sajevic and Auston Newbauer all starred as well for Team Hockeywolf with two assists apiece.
Parker Anderson of Meijer AAA and Team Warroad took home MVP honors after a three-point performance (1g, 2a).