T1ER teams showcase their talents on Day 1 in Michigan
The NAPHL event in Michigan got underway with the T1ER 18U and 16U teams competing in their final regular season event of the 2022-23 season. The T1ER games will be played at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, MI and the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI. The T1ER event runs from January 13-16.
On Saturday, the final event of the season for the SHOW National Division 18U and 16U teams, along with the SHOW 14U Division take place at the Buffalo Wild Wings Arena in Troy, MI and Suburban Ice in Rochester, MI. The SHOW event runs from January 14-16.
All games will be broadcast live on HockeyTV
Day 1 recaps
T1ER 16U: Filippas Pliastos scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift his Indy Jr. Fuel over Philadelphia Hockey Club 3-2. Joey Konesco scored both of the regulation goals for the Fuel while Philadelphia’s offense came from Brady Blum and Kevin Walton. The Tri State Spartans opened up their weekend with a 4-1 win over the New Hampshire Avalanche. Jake Thornton added two points with a goal and an assist. Netminder Gannon Krug earned the win in net. The Colorado Springs Tigers topped Team Alaska, 3-2. Quinn Tefertiller added two assists and Breck Buettner scored twice. Maxime Horvath got the win in net. The Vegas Jr. Golden Knights doubled the Northeast Generals' scoring output, taking them down 4-2. Brandon Cabral, Hunter Toms, Rafiki Lindsell, and Carter Adams all found the back of the net for the Golden Knights. Dylan Crossley and Braeden Derouen both succeeded in their shootout attempts to provide the Northwest Stars a 2-1 victory over the Ontario Jr. Reign. Asher Wold kept out 22 of 23 shots in net for Northwest while Jackson Rajcic scored their lone goal in regulation. Philadelphia Hockey Club bounced back from their earlier loss, dominating the Northwest Stars 6-1. Kevin Walton had a goal and an assist in the win. Marc Nicastro, Ryan Jaffe, Riley Capecci, and Liam Bell also tickled twine for Philadelphia. Tri State scored at least a goal in every period in their 4-2 victory over the Indy Jr. Fuel. Weston Wojtowicz was great between the pipes as he backstopped 16 of the 18 shots he faced. Samuel Bass and Camden Jackson both had a multiple point game. Team Alaska topped the New Hampshire Avalanche in a 3-1 contest. Dylan Beals added a goal and an assist while netminder Hayden Zernia picked up the win in net. The Northeast Generals edged the Colorado Springs Tigers, 3-2. Lucas Sawyer scored a hat-trick and Christian Williams added two assists. Cade Ross stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced. The Ontario Jr. Reign shutout the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights, 2-0. Calvin Ruggiero posted two points and goaltender Matthew Lyon stopped all 19 shots.
T1ER 18U: The Philadelphia Hockey Club took a 4-2 win over the Tri State Spartans. Nick Vinson netted two goals and Jake Smith had two assists. The Northwest Stars took down the Northeast Generals in a 5-2 win. Bryce Johnson and Keagan Miciak both added two points as goalie Jakob Barcelona stopped 21 shots. The Ontario Jr. Reign blanked the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights 4-0. Jackson Hampton, Nathan Lorenze, and Bodin Loera all recorded a multiple point game. Goaltender Sebastian Pribula posted a 30 shot shutout. Team Alaska defeated the Indy Jr. Fuel, 4-1. Josh Serino posted two goals and Zach Budd turned away 15 shots. The Colorado Springs Tigers edged past the New Hampshire Avalanche after trailing 3-1 in the first period to take a 4-3 overtime win. Brady Porter, Ingram Dashiell, and Jake Geronazzo all scored in regulation while Kenny Kiernan scored the OT game-winning goal. Netminder Damien Johson took the win in net. The Tri State Spartans took an overtime win against the New Hampshire Avalanche, 3-2. Simon Parini scored both regulation goals and the game-winner in overtime. Goaltender Colin McCloud earned the win in net. The Northwest Stars scored a goal in the third period to force overtime and a win, 2-1. Sean Johnson netted the game winner just thirty-one seconds in and goaltender Aly Nathoo stopped 23 shots in the contest. The Philadelphia Hockey Club celebrated as they took a shootout win against the Ontario Jr. Reign, 3-2. Scott McNutty netted the shootout winner, and goaltender Peter Dunckel stopped 25 shots in the win. Colorado Springs Jr. Tigers and the Northeast Generals went to overtime in a 1-0 final where the Tigers took the win. Kieran Kenny notched the game winner and Hunter Houle turned away all the shots he saw in the win. The Indy Jr. Fuel shutout the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights in a 9-0 final. Drew Spaulding had a 4 point game with 2 goals and 2 assists, Chris Fotopoulous added 3 assists. Evan Peacock stopped all 17 shots he faced.
All 18 organizations within the T1ER League at the 18U and 16U age levels will be in Michigan this weekend, showcasing their skills in front of dozens of junior and college scouts. The event is held in conjunction with the USA Hockey Biosteel All-American Game being held on January 16th at 4pm at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth. With the addition of that marquee event, NHL scouts will also be in the area this weekend, getting a look at the top talent the NAPHL T1ER league has to offer. To date, 34 players in the T1ER league have signed tenders with clubs in the North American Hockey League (NAHL).
It’s the final weekend of the season for the SHOW League national division teams. After events in Frisco, Philadelphia and Blaine it all comes down to this final weekend here in Michigan. Not only is it a big a weekend for teams in the standings but this is also the final chance for players to make a good impression on the many scouts that will be in the building. Every North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) team will be in attendance this weekend looking for the next crop of players they believe will lead them to a Fraser Cup Championship.