Showcase Division takes center stage on Day 1
The fourth NAPHL event of the 2020-21 season faced off on Friday at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. Friday saw action in the Showcase Division and also the NAPHL Fall League Playoffs.
Now in its 12th season, no other USA Hockey youth league does more for its players than the NAPHL. Operated by the full-time staff of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), who make it their mission to outperform others both on and off the ice in promoting its 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.
If you are attending the event this weekend at the Super Rink, there are several reminders and policies that are designed to keep everyone safe and on the ice:
- There is no admission fee for this event
- Only two spectators per player per game
- Masks are required (except on the ice)
- Maintain social distancing
- Players are to come dressed and may enter 15 minutes prior to game time
- Players must take hockey bags to bench and take skates off on bench post game. (No Locker Room Access)
- Spectators allowed to enter facility only at the posted game time
- Merchandise will be on sale in upstairs lobby outside of Rink 4
- No lingering and please leave the facility at the end of the game
- Wash and sanitize hands
For those who will not be attending, all NAPHL games will be broadcast live on HockeyTV by selecting the Elite Package.
Day 1 Recaps
14U Showcase Division: Four teams got off to 2-0 starts on Day 1. The most impressive of the bunch was the Rose City Pats, who outscored their opponents 19-1 on Day 1. Forward Joe Lawrence had five goals and an assist to lead the way. The Ontario Jr. Reign also went 2-0, allowing just two goals. The Anaheim Jr. Ducks and Houston Wild rounded out the 2-0 teams on Day 1. The Park City Ice Miners went 1-1, while the rest of the group lost two games in the opening day.
16U Showcase Division: Three teams in each division went 2-0 on the first day of the NAPHl event in Blaine. In the CSDHL Division, the Affton Americans, Chesterfield Falcons and Littleton Hawks all went 2-0. Affton and Chesterfield did it with plenty of offense as Gus Immken led Affton with four points, while Connor Williamson led the Falcons with six points. Meanwhile, the Hawks posted shutouts in both games as Cedric Choi and Caiden Boucher posted shutouts. In the National Division, the Clearwater Ice Storm, Dallas Penguins, and Park City Ice Miners all went 2-0. Ari Blatt led Clearwater with four points in the opening two games. Miles McGarvey and Jackson Vaught led the Dallas Penguins with three points apiece. Park City got four points from Dawson Higgins. Hyland Hills fell into a little bit of bad luck, losing once in a shootout and once in OT. The Texas Jr. Brahmas, Ontario Jr. Reign, and Anaheim Jr. Ducks picked up one win on Day 1.
18U Showcase Division: In the CSDHL Division, the Littleton Hawks and the Affton Americans both went 2-0. Colin McCready and Ben Ford each had four points in the two wins, which included a hat-trick for McCready in the second win of the day over Anaheim. Affton was led by three goals from Hayden Berberich and three assists from Alexander Gaither. In the National Division, the Tri Valley Blue Devils, Texas Tigers, and Clearwater Ice Storm all went 2-0 on Day 1. Clearwater outscored their opponents 8-0, while Tri Valley won their two games by a combined 8-1 and Texas won their two games by a combined 8-2. St. Mary’s, Rose City, and Arizona Hockey Union all picked up one win on Day 1.
16U Fall League Playoffs: The top seeds all picked up a win on Day 1 of the 16U Fall League Playoffs. The regular season champion Minnesota Magicians handed the Minnesota Wilderness a 6-2 defeat as six different players scored. The MHA Mudbugs defeated the Kenai River Brown Bears 4-1 as Gavin Rozema and Matthew Herb had multi-point games. Janesville shutout Fairbanks 3-0 thanks to a shutout from Noah McCrary and the Chippewa Steel shutout the Southern Minnesota Bears, 6-0 as Connor Stoffel scored twice.
18U Fall League Playoffs: The regular season champion MHA Mudbugs had their hands full in their opening game as they edged the Minnesota Magicians, 3-2. The 2nd place Fairbanks Ice Dogs cruised to a 5-2 over the Chippewa Steel. The Janesville Jets had no problem thanks to a 7-1 win over the Southern Minnesota Bears and the Minnesota Magicians Elite defeated the Minnesota Wilderness, 4-1. Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Jackson Knutsen led the scorers in Day 1 with three points. Janesville forwards Johannes Alervik and Trevor Slaght each scored twice.