NAPHL moves onto Championship Monday
The 2023 T1ER Dixon Cup Championship in addition to the 2023 SHOW American Division Championship both continued on Sunday, February 19th in suburban Detroit, Michigan.
Sunday was full of high drama. At the T1ER level, the Semi-Finals provided some great games and set up finals on Championship Monday. Sunday also saw the NAPHL crown its 18U and 16U Consolation Champions and the SHOW completed round-robin play.
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 3 recaps
18U T1ER: CarShield AAA 4 @ Philadelphia Little Flyers 1 - Two goals from Casey Seidl helped CarShield AAA reach the 18U Dixon Cup Final as they knocked off the Philadelphia Little Flyers by a score of 4-1. After Luke Melito opened the scoring for the Little Flyers in the first few minutes, they held the lead all the way to midway in the second when Seidl scored his first goal to knot the game at one. Bronson Sabol added a goal with just over eight minutes left in regulation to give CarShield their first lead of the day. Seidl added the dagger with just over five minutes left to play and Tyler Dale chipped in an empty netter in the final minutes. Brady Govern stopped 26 shots to earn the win in goal while Jake Schunke denied 34 opportunities. Biggby Coffee AAA 2 @ New Jersey Jr. Titans 1 - Max Ciesielski’s second period goal proved to be the game winner as Biggby Coffee AAA edged the New Jersey Jr. Titans 2-1. Vinny Hart got Biggby on the board first with his second of the weekend. Then just four minutes later Jason Towindo tied the game at one apiece. Ciesielski’s go ahead tally was his first of the playoffs and second overall this season. Aden Gariepy turned aside 26 shots in the win in goal while Ryan Henry turned aside 20 shots. In consolation play, the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights doubled up the Ontario Reign by a score of 4-2 as four different players found the back of the net. Tyler Osborne scored twice as Team Alaska beat the Northwest Stars 5-3. Gabriel Adams had a hat trick and added an assist as the Colorado Springs Tigers exploded for nine goals in a 9-3 win over the Philadelphia Hockey Club. The New Hamsphire Avalanche topped the Indy Jr. Fuel 6-2 as Perry Collates netted two goals in the win. Jackson Furman and Liam McClaine netted goals for Esmark while Nikita Volski stopped all 28 shots he faced to grab the shutout. The Northeast Generals won the silver bracket as they beat the Madison Capitols by a score of 4-1.
16U T1ER: New Jersey Jr. Titans 1 vs Biggby Coffee AAA 3: Biggby Coffee AAA advanced to the Dixon Cup Championship after holding the Titans to one goal and defeating them 3-1. Riley Fast got Biggby on the board first with a powerplay goal 12:55 into the opening frame. Nikolas Reich evened the scores early in the 2nd period before Cole Hutchinson regained that Biggby lead with his 3rd goal of the weekend. Hutchinson found another goal in the 3rd period to seal it for Biggby. Andrew Klei kept out all but one of 28 shots faced in the victory while Aidan Rowland made 27 saves for the Titans. Philadelphia Hockey Club 2 vs CarShield AAA 3: Trailing by a goal after two periods, CarShield AAA punched their ticket to the Dixon Cup Semifinals in comeback fashion thanks to a pair of goals in the final frame. Marc Nicastro got Philadelphia on the board first with a goal midway through the 1st period. Logan Stawizynski tied the scores early in the middle frame before Kalib Capecci replenished the lead for Philadelphia with a score on the powerplay. In the 3rd, Stawizynski scored again for his 6th of the weekend to tie the game and completed the hat trick six minutes later to tally the eventual game winning goal. Levi Niedert kept out 30 of 32 shots for CarShield while Daniel Daggett made 28 stops for Philadelphia. Team Alaska opened up Sunday’s action with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Northeast Generals. Elias Schutt buried the overtime winner for Alaska while their regulation goals came from Patrick Tolan and Merit Waldrop. In a defensive battle the Maine Nordiques came out on top 1-0 against the Ontario Jr. Reign. That Nordiques goal came early in the contest when Henry Cooley found the back of the net. Their netminder Gavin Morris kept out 11 shots in the shutout. Omaha Mastery came out on top 6-5 in overtime in their matchup against the Tri State Spartans. Bradyn Holmes scored the overtime winner 1:33 into the extra period while their defenseman Brooks Skogland contributed two goals and two assists in regulation to fuel them to victory. The Philadelphia Little Flyers doubled the Colorado Springs Tigers in shots and shut them out 5-0. Luka Tomasic led all skaters with a goal and three points, Matt Cholaj posted a goal and an assist, and their goalie Henry Goosen kept out all 17 shots faced in the shutout. The Madison Capitols picked up a 4-1 win against the Indy Jr. Fuel on Sunday afternoon. Ben Carey, Ryder Hill, Justin Turner, and Austin Schultz were the goalscorers for Madison. Alex Scandrol kept out 18 of 19 in the win for the Capitols. A strong 29 save performance form Jacob Brumm helped power the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights past the Northwest Stars 3-2. Ryan Disbrow, Rafiki Lindsell, and Carter Adams provided the offense for the Knights with scores. Connor Beers also had two assists in the victory. The Esmark Stars controlled the pace of the entire game in their matchup against the New Hampshire Avalanche, winning 5-1. Timur Naletov potted a pair of goals and dished an assist in the victory. Mykyta Yalovyi also had a goal and four points for the Stars.
15U T1ER: In the Semi-Finals, New Jersey edged Valley Forge by a score of 3-2. Peter Morris had a goal and an assist for the Titans and Andrew Skorupka mad 19 saves in the win. In the other Semi-Final, Marshall Hewitt scored two goals and Tyler Haley had a 21-save shutout as the Esmark Stars blanked the Arizona Bobcats, 4-0. In consolation action, CarShield AAA got a 29-save shutout from Andrew Bely and shootout goals from Alex DeGroat and Matty Muenz in a 1-0 win over the Metro Jets 16U AA. The Philadelphia Little Flyers got a goal and an assist from Kiernan Crossan in a 4-3 win over Biggby Coffee. Vegas beat Northwest 6-2 and were led by three points from both Yuchan Chen and Collin Spencer. Westin Davis scored two goals, including the overtime-winner and Carter Green had a goal and two assists as the Tri State Spartans edged the Colorado Springs Tigers in overtime, 5-4. The Philadelphia Hockey Club beat Ontario 6-2 as six different players found the back of the net and goalie Logan Craft made 22 saves in the win.
14U T1ER: In the Semi-Finals, #1 seed Indy Jr. Fuel had no problem with the Arizona Bobcats, winning 7-0. Brandon Murphy and Jake McIntosh each had three points in the win. In the other Semi-Final, CarShield held off a pesky Esmark squad, 4-3. Ethan Feinstein had two goals in the win. In consolation action, the Tri State Spartans beat Biggby Coffee, 8-3 thanks to a hat-trick and an assist from Harper Sullivan and two goals from Griffin Doxsey. In the opening game of the day, the Northwest Stars got a 16-save shutout from Dominic Watson in a 2-0 win over Ontario. Tyler Stefani had both goals in the win.
18U SHOW: The Lincoln Stars dominated Denver East High School in a 9-1 game. Liam Joyce had a 5 point game with 4 goals and an assist and goaltender Jacob Morgan stopped 20 shots. The Tri State Spartans took a 7-0 lead after the second period for a 8-4 win over the Texas Jr. Brahmas. Xander Morrison added 3 points and goaltender Nicohlas Schittenhelm got the win in net. The Pilot Mound Buffaloes shutout Monument Hockey Academy, 3-0. Holden Lamont added two helpers and goaltender Casey Castleberry earned the shutout stopping 13 shots. St. Viator shutout the Weber Mustangs, 3-0. Goaltener Dominic Grimaldi picked up the shutout win. Golden State Elite topped the New Jersey Jr. Titans, 7-4. Max Oppenheim added 4 points and goaltender Hunter Oblander stopped 28 shots. Pacific Ridge Hockey Club took an overtime win over the Portland Winterhawks, 4-3. Ryan Mauro scored the overtime goal and goalie Spencer Lyon took the win in net. The Lincoln Stars blanked the Clearwater Ice Storm 7-0. Kolten Miller netted a hat-trick and Owen Nierman added 4 points. Goaltender Ryan Diaz was perfect in net stopping all 12 shots he faced. The New Mexico Ice Wolves took a 4-3 overtime win against the Dallas Penguins. Jonah Hartley added 3 points and goaltender Alexander Gopal stopped 30 of 33 shtos.
16U SHOW: The Weber Mustangs defeated the New Mexico Ice Wolves, 6-2. Ander Waugaman scored two goals, while Keegan Clark and Erich Jaques added 3 points. Goaltender Anderson Snider stopped 21 of 23 shots. The Rose City Pats took down the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights in a 6-1 score. Trevor Wang added 4 points and goalie Travis Dumont stopped 14 shots. Monument Hockey Academy blanked the Rose City Pats, 5-0. Brody Greenwood scored two goals and goaltender Chase Vaughn earned the shutout win. The Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning took an overtime win against the New Jersey Jr. Titans, 5-4. Yiorgos Bikakis added 4 points including the game winner and netminder Russell LaRosa stopped 24 of 28 shots. Pilot Mound Hockey Academy won 3-0 against the Texas Jr. Brahmas. Jack Smith and Zane Price both added two points as goalie Piet Mierau earned the shutout. The Texas Warriors shutout the SISU Thunderbirds 4-0. Benjamin Zhou, Alexander Gorley, and Hudson Haasz all added a goal and an assist. Goaltender Walter Jimenez III earned the shutout in net. St. Viator added 3 goals in the third for a 4-1 win. Ryan Lofus assisted on three goals and goaltender John Mayer took the win in net. The Tampa Crunch topped the Park City Ice Miners, 5-3. Evan Kouzenetsov added two goals and goaltender Andrew DiSilvestro got the win in the pipes.