Busy Saturday in Pittsburgh sets up Showdown Sunday
The 10th and final North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) regular season event continued on Saturday at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center and the UPMC Lemieux Sports Center in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The NAPHL T1ER 18U and 16U Central Division teams took the the ice again as did the 13U, 12U, and 11U teams in an exciting day of hockey action.
This weekend continues an exciting step for the NAPHL as events have expanded to include some of the younger players who have not had the opportunity to experience the NAPHL until now. This weekend’s showcase will be a great eye-opener for players, teams, and parents, who will get a first-hand experience of what an NAPHL event is like.
All games will be broadcast live on HockeyTV
Day 2 recaps
T1ER 18U: Day 2 of the 18U action saw the CarShield AAA team take down the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 5-2. Jackson Schouten, Connor Broadhead and Jay Luke potted goals in the opening seven mintutes. Brenden Korte and Ryan Andor also tallied goals in the win. Owen Meyer scored the only goal in the shootout as the Madison Capitols edged the Indy Jr. Fuel 2-1. Matthew Rowe had the lone goal in regulation for Madison while Travis Visvadra made 21 saves. Anthony Alvardo picked up a goal and two helpers as Biggby Coffee AAA blanked the Columbus Jr. Blue Jackets 3-0. Caleb Kril turned aside all 28 shots he fired his way. Wesley Schwarzmiller picked up two goals and two assists as the Esmark Stars defeated the Tri State Spartans 8-1. Brooks Willoughby-Ray had two goals of his own and an assist.
T1ER 16U: The Esmark Stars continued their winning ways and march towards the top spot in the 16U standings as they picked up two wins on Saturday. The came from behind to beat CarShield 5-4 in overtime as Troy Jones recorded a hat-trick, including the overtime-winner. Stars goalie Hleb Subach made 27 saves in the win. Also going 2-0 on Saturday was the Tri State Spartans. In the morning game, Rylan Hoy scored twice in a 5-2 win over the Indy Jr. Fuel. In the night cap, Camden Jackson scored twice and Gannon Krug stopped all 29 shots that came his way in a 4-0 shutout over Madison. Biggby went 1-1 on the day, which included a 3-2 win over Indy as Riley Fast led the way with a goal and an assist. Madison also went 1-1 on Saturday, which included a 27-save shutout from Jace Knorle in a 2-0 win over Biggby. CarShield had three points on the day, which included a 4-3 overtime win as Aaron VanWie recorded a hat-trick, including the overtime-winner.
T1ER 11U: CarShield AAA topped the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite by a score of 7-5. Cooper Bates and Jack Fischer both netted two goals and netminder Clay Kramer stopped 34 shots. The Esmark Stars shutout the Tri State Spartans 13-0. Micah Schenk and Jake Gostic both added 5 points and Ixader Zamias posted a 14 shot shutout.
T1ER 12U: The Esmark Stars defeated the Pittsburgh Predators 3-1. Xypher Zamias netted two goals and goalie Zeke Fagan stopped 30 shots. The Sylvania North Stars took a 3-2 overtime win against the Jersey Whalers. Cameron Sellers got the first goal and final goal of the game as he won it in overtime. Goaltender Lucas Martin got the win in net stopping 18 shots. The Pittsburgh Rebellion edged past the Tri State Spartans in a 3-2 score. Grant Shanafelt scored twice and goaltender Connor McGinnis turned away 16 shots. CarShield AAA shutout the Cleveland Barons, 2-0. CarShield goaltender Max Reisel posted a 45 shot shutout in the win.
T1ER 13U: The Esmark Stars defeated the Tri State Spartans by a score of 6-1. Connor Stiver, Trey Varga and Roman Flumhe all had a 2 point game while goaltender Jacob Johnson stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced. Omaha Mastery AAA topped CarShield AAA in a 8-3 final. Will Tremblay and Sam Snyder both netted two goals and goaltender Isaac Pilcher stopped 13 shots. The Jersey Whalers took a 5-4 shootout win over Biggby Coffee AAA. Matthew Morris and Caiden Kirk both scored in the shootout for the Whalers and Goaltender Christian Karas stopped 35 shots.