Division leaders flex muscles on Day 2 in St Peters
The second event of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) T1ER 2021-22 season continued on Saturday at the St. Peters Rec Plex in St. Peters, MO, all four age groups took to the ice in a day of wall-to-wall hockey.
The top of the divisions are starting to separate a little as each team as each Central and West Conference teams have played at least six league games.
Entering its 13th season in 2021-22, the NAPHL is made up of USA Hockey-sanctioned teams that compete in the 18U, 16U, 15U and 14U levels. Each NAPHL team from the T1ER Central Conference will play four games this weekend from October 1-4.
All NAPHL games will be broadcast live through HockeyTV, the official broadcast provider of the NAPHL.
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Day 2 Recaps
14U Division: Each team played one game on Saturday. Ed Sekera scored twice for the Reapers as they narrowly beat the Indy Jr. Fuel by a 4-3 score. Carter Greene had the overtime-winning goal and an assist as the Tri-State Spartans edged the Colorado Springs Tigers, 4-3 in overtime. Sean Baker had all three goals in the losing effort for the Tigers. The Arizona Bobcats won their third straight game as they got 16 saves from goalie Timothy Teligades in a 4-1 win over Des Moines. Bucs goalie Damen Baxter made 49 saves in the losing effort. CarShield improved their season record to 6-1 with a comfortable 6-0 shutout of Ontario. Alex DeGroat had two goals in the win. The Esmark Stars got two goals and an assist from Vitaliy Ulinanov in a 7-2 win over Madison. In the final game of the day, Biggby Coffee got a goal and an assist from Nolan Harris in a 4-1 win over the Northwest Stars.
15U Division: The Colorado Springs Tigers began the day with a 2-1 overtime win over the Ontario Jr. Reign. Jacob McCormack had the overtime-winner and Trenton Carr made 18 saves in the win. Later in the day, the Indy Jr. Fuel picked up a 3-2 overtime win over Des Moines as Eli Fox scored the winner and Joey Konesco added two goals. The Tri-State Spartans needed just a single goal from Carson Doxsey and 10 saves from Wes Wojtowicz in a 1-0 shutout win over the Tigers. The Reapers stayed hot thanks to a 6-1 win over Ontario as Colin Murphy scored two goals in the win. In the nightcap, the host CarShield got two goals from Teddy Richardson in a 4-1 win over Biggby Coffee.
16U Division: The 16U Division was the busiest of the four on Saturday. Things got started with the Northstar Knights shutting out the Tri-State Spartants, 2-0, thanks to 22 saves from Beck Liden. The Reapers got a big win thanks to a goal and assist from Aidan Callaghan in a 4-1 win over Biggby Coffee. The Esmark Stars continued to pace the top of the standings with a close 3-2 win over Des Moines as Colin Ruffner had a goal and an assist. In nighttime action, the Knights moved their NAPHL record to a perfect 6-0 with a 7-2 win over Indy as Gavin Hruza had three points in the win. Behind two goals from Griffin Riemersma, the Des Moines Buccaneers AAA avenged an earlier loss with a 4-2 win over Biggby Coffee. CarShield picked up a 7-1 win over Tri State in their lone game of the day as seven different players scored and Branson Appelman made 11 saves. In the night time finale, the Esmark Stars got 29 saves from Iannico Amaranto in a 2-1 win over the Reapers.
18U Division: The host CarShield opened up the day with a 5-2 win over Biggby Coffee as Dyan Jensen had three points and Joey Oliver made 23 saves in the win. The Indy Jr. Fuel got two goals and an assist from both Paul McClure and Brandon Wolfenbarger in a 6-3 win over the Reapers. The Tri-State Spartans moved their NAPHL record to 4-1 as Adam Schankula and Jacob Ammar each scored twice in a 6-4 win over Des Moines. In the final game of the day, the Northstar Knights flexed their muscles and stayed undefeated thanks to a 8-0 win over the Esmark Stars. Eight different players scored in the Knights win and Logan Verpoort had 15 saves in the shutout.