NAPHL Playoffs full of drama on Day 1
The 2023 T1ER Dixon Cup Championship in addition to the 2023 SHOW American Division Championship both got underway on Friday, February 17th in suburban Detroit, Michigan.
The event is taking place at four different facilities in suburban Detroit, Michigan from February 17-20, 2023. Games will take place at Buffalo Wild Wings Arena, and Suburban Ice in Rochester, Royal Oak, and Macomb.
The 16U and 18U T1ER Playoffs for the Dixon Cup will be broken into a ‘Gold’ (Championship) and ‘Silver’ (Consolation) format like what has been used in years past. Due to the fact the season is an unbalanced schedule, teams were ranked (1-18) based on the new NAPHL Power Rankings. The NAPHL Power Rankings were developed using several important and statistical criteria. These rankings were used to determine the top 12 teams to participate in the Gold Division and the bottom 6 teams to participate in the Silver Division.
The Gold Division will play three Round Robin Games within their Bracket. Followed by consolation, Semi-Finals, and Finals. The Silver Division will play three Round Robin Games across the other bracket followed by fourth game determined by Round-Robin Standings for a Silver Championship or Consolation games.
All games will be broadcast live on HockeyTV
Day 1 recaps
18U T1ER: The New Jersey Titans picked up a win in Game 1 of the Dixon Cup as they knocked off the Omaha Mastery 4-1. Arhip Sidarovich led the offensive attack with a goal and an assist. Ryan Henry earned the win in goal as he made 26 saves. Brayden Bartlett had both of the goals for Biggby Coffee AAA as they edged the Tri State Spartans 2-1. Caleb Kril stopped 20 of 21 shots he faced while Daniel Jurcich had the long goal for the Spartans. The Maine Nordiques got past Team Alaska as Nick Haust had a goal and three helpers to lead the Nordiques. Liam Coffey had a goal and an assist while Braydon Roa and Kohen Dixson each scored a goal in the win. Brady Govero denied all 19 shots he faced as CarShield AAA blanked Philadelphia Hockey Club 3-0. JP Piwowarczyk, Tyler Dale and Casey Seidl all got on the scoresheet in the victory. Michael Manzi and Jake Schunke combined to make 33 saves as they helped the Philadelphia Little Flyers shutout the Northwest Stars 3-0. Chase Hannon, Jeremy Jacobs and Dominic Dalessandro all lit the lamp for the Little Flyers. Rutkowski, Ian Norkevicus and Wesley Schwarzmiller all scored goals for the Esmark Stars in their 3-0 win over the Colorado Springs Tigers. Peter Baldwin needed just 11 saves to earn the shutout for the Stars. The consolation bracket saw the Northeast Generals blank the New Hampshire Avalanche 2-0. Connor Jalbert and Quinn Hollingsworth scored while Finn Jacques stopped all 30 shots he faced. Alex Kunitz scored the game winning goal in round five of the shootout as the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights beat the Madison Capitols 2-1. The Indy Jr. Fuel shutout the Ontario Jr. Reign 3-0 as Nick James made 17 saves.
16U T1ER: A scoreless 55 minutes of play led to Garrett Morris scoring in the seventh round of the shootout to lift the Maine Nordiques past the Ontario Jr. Reign 1-0. Declan Rabe also scored in the shootout for the Nordiques while their netminder Gavin Morris picked up a technical shutout with 21 saves. New Jersey Jr. Titans forward scored a goal and four points in their 5-2 victory over the New Hampshire Avalanche. Jackson Chicola also buried a pair of goals while their goaltender Aidan Rowland made 25 saves in the victory. The Madison Capitols scored a goal in all three periods to edge past the Philadelphia Little Flyers 3-2. Kent White buried in the 1st, Jayden Arnold scored in the 2nd, while Ben Carey potted the eventual game winner in the final frame. Philadelphia Hockey Club outshot the Indy Jr. Fuel 29-11 in their 5-2 victory to open up their Dixon Cup weekend. Nate King had a goal and an assist while Jack Byrne, Alex Fusaro, Ryan Jaffe, and Domenic Riccardi also found the back of the net. The Northeast Generals came out on top 3-2 in their matchup against Team Alaska. Lucas Sawyer led all skaters with a goal and three points while Makhai Santiago and Ryan Hughes also tickled twine. The Esmark Stars dominated Omaha Mastery in their opening matchup, putting up 58 shots and shutting them out 5-0. Mykyta Yalovyi had a pair of goals in the win while Landon Buterbaugh made 12 saves to secure the shutout. Cole Hutchinson and Thomas Olaveson delivered Biggby Coffee a 3-2 shootout victory over the Tri State Spartans as they both scored on their shootout attempts. Hutchinson and Riley Fast scored the Biggby goals in regulation. A strong 21 save performance from Kyle Adrian led his Vegas Jr. Golden Knights past the Northwest Stars 2-1. Carter Adams and Ryan Disbrow were the goalscorers for the Golden Knights while Jackson Rajcic scored for the Stars. Finn Barry lit the lamp 1:24 into the extra period to give CarShield a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Springs Tigers. Logan Stawizynski was a key performer for CarShield, scoring both goals for them in regulation. Nikolas Reich scored a pair of goals in the 2nd period for the New Jersey Jr. Titans in their 4-1 win over Omaha Mastery. Ethan Manbodhe and Philip Bermingham also found the back of the net for the Titans in the win. Nate King put up a goal and three point performance for Philadelphia Hockey Club in their 5-2 victory over the Tri State Spartans. Their netminder Daniel Daggett made 19 saves in the win while Marc Nicastro, Domenic Riccardi, Alex Fusaro, and Bryce Ruwet also lit the lamp. The Vegas Jr. Golden Knights picked up their 2nd consecutive victory after defeating the Ontario Jr. Reign 3-1. Kaden Mulcahy, Hunter Toms, and Trevor Abele scored for Vegas while Daniel Madison also posted two assists. Two goals in the final frame led New Hampshire past the Esmark Stars in a 4-3 comeback win Samuel Chapman and Griffin Helcki scored the goals in the final frame while Samuel Chapman and Cameron Fiasconaro also provided some offense.The Northwest Stars dominated the Northeast Generals, putting up 38 shots and winning 6-1. Defensemen Evan Scholl and Freeman Butler both potted two goals while forwards Cameron Kimmerly and defenseman Everett Horrocks had multiple apples in the contest. Team Alaska doubled the Maine Nordiques' scoring output, defeating them 4-2. Jayana Benson led the scoresheet with a pair of assists while Patrick Tolan, Zidan Dietz, Reece Poisson, and Kayden Lynch all found the back of the net. Ben Carey and Christian Streuber both succeeded in their shootout attempts to help lift the Madison Capitols over the Colorado Springs Tigers 3-2 in extra time. Graydon Anderson and Carey were the regulation goalscorers for Madison while their netminder Alex Scandrol kept out 20 of 22 shots in the victory. Biggby forward Riley Fast netted two goals in their 4-2 victory over the Indy Jr. Fuel. Boston Cornic also had multiple points in the win and Collin Barber was the remaining goalscorer. Gaige Dieugenio kept out 18 of 20 in the victory. CarShield finished day one with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers. Logan Stawizynski led all skaters with two goals and three points while Michael Soell, Aaron VanWie, and Patrick Vogl also tickled twine.
15U T1ER: Each 15U team played their first playoff game on Day 1 on Friday. In the opening game, seven different players scored a goal and goalie Miles Jensen posted a 13-save shutout as CarShield cruised to a 7-0 win over the Philadelphia Hockey Club. In the next game, the Philadelphia Little Flyers showed off their offensive firepower with a 10-0 win over the Ontario Jr. Reign. Nicolas Labuono led the way for the Little Flyers with a hat-trick and an assist and Cole Scarbinsky had two goals. Marco Nagy made 12 saves in the shutout. Four different players scored for the Arizona Bobcats in a 4-1 win the Northwest Stars. Goalie Joseph Toporowych made 20 saves in the win. Six different players scored for the Esmark Stars as they poured 60 shots on goal in a 7-2 win over Tro State. Luke Mink and Ian Morganti each had three points in the win. The Metro Jets 16U AA team got 22 saves from Sam Kulasooriya in a 2-1 win over New Jersey. Valle Forge got a goal and an assist from Tyler Newby and 20 saves from Jacob Aranada in a 5-2 win over the Colorado Springs Tigers. In the final game of the day, four different players scored for Biggby in a 4-1 win. Tyler Houle stopped 18 of 19 shots in the win.
14U T1ER: In Division 1, the Indy Jr. Fuel are on top after Day 1 with a 2-0 record with a 13-4 win over Ontario and a 6-0 win over Arizona. Nathan Apple and Jake McIntosh ended the day each scoring eight points in the two wins. Biggby Coffee sits in second place after a win and overtime loss on Day 1. Defenseman James Clayton had a hat-trick in a 6-2 win over Ontario. Arizona sits in 3rd place with a 1-1 record. Reilly Norton scored the overtime-winner in a 5-4 win over Buggby. Ontario is 0-2 after Day 1 and eliminated from Semi-Final contention. In Division 2, CarShield has guaranteed themselves the top spot in the Division thanks to wins over Esmark and Tri State. Forward Thomas Fair scored a goal in both wins. Esmark went 1-1, which included a 4-0 shutout of the Northwest Stars. Jackson Johnson made 21 saves in the shutout. Tri-State went 1-1 as they beat the Northwest Stars, 3-1. Declan Cavanaugh made 23 saves in the win. Both Ontario and the Northwest Stars went 0-2 on Day 1.
18U SHOW: Denver East High School edged the Clearwater Ice Storm by a final score of 3-2. Vance Vialpando, Samuel Beardshear, and Zeke Giles all scored a goal. Goaltender Samuel Cozart stopped 17 of 19 shots. The Tri State Spartans defeated the Weber Mustangs in a 4-1 final. Darcy Koch netted two goals while goaltender Nicholas Schittenhelm stopped 21 shots. A late third period goal sent the New Jersey Jr. Titans Prep squad over Monumen Hockey Academy, 2-1. Cameron Fanfa and Preston Jones both scored for the Titans and goalie Nick Gould turned away 24 shots. The Dallas Penguins shutout the Pacific Ridge Hockey Club in a 2-0 game. Goaltender Maxx Levis earned the shutout after turning away 43 shots. The Portland Winterhawks dominated the New Mexico Ice Wolves in a 7-1 contest. Anthony Endres had a 4 point game with 3 goals and an assist. Goaltender Alexei Kuhl was great in net only allowing one goal off of 20 shots. Golden State Elite defeated the Pilot Mound Buffaloes in a 5-2 game. Roman Faz netted two goals and goaltender Hunter Oblander stopped 44 shots. St. Viator blanked the Texas Jr. Brahmas in a 4-0 final. Evan Wenzel scored 2 goals and goaltender Dominic Grimaldi posted a 20 shot shutout win. The Lincoln Stars defeated the Clearwater Ice Storm after scoring a goal in each period for a 3-1 win. Caleb Burch added two goals as netminder Ryan Diaz got the win in net.
16U SHOW: The New Mexico Ice Wolves took a dominant 7-1 win over the Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning. Ian Mohr and Alvaro Ramazzini both scored twice while netminder John Sanchez stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced. The Weber Mustangs topped the New Jersey Jr. Titans in an 8-1 final. Ander Waugaman had a 4 point game with 2 goals and 2 assists. Goaltender Anderson Snider took the win in net. The Texas Warriors blanked the Rose City Pats, 8-0. Evan Huante neted a hat-trick in the win. The Tampa Crunch won 3-1 against the Rose City Pats. Max Ratliff handed out two helpers in the game while goaltender Andrew DiSilverstro got the win in net. The SISU Thunderbirds edged Monument Hockey Academy, 5-4. Eli McCarthy, Devin Eby, Alex Brello, Vinnie Columbo and Nate Novotny all scored in the game. Nicholas Nanberg took the win between the pipes. The Park City Ice Miners defeated the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights, 4-1. Elliot Lucy, Jonsey Reese, Jacob Odell and Evan Bain all scored for the Ice Miners. Goaltender Oakley Frei earned the win in net. Pilot Mound Hockey Academy shutout St. Viator by a 5-0 score. Zane Price netted two goals and goaltender Piet Mierau backstopped 17 shots in the win. Clearwater Ice Storm shutout the Texas Jr. Brahmas 4-0. Kaine Otterbacher, Chris Iannicelli, Tanner Wise, and Caleb Webber all scored as Nolan Sloan earned the shutout win stopping all 13 shots he faced.