NAPHL Spring Top Prospects gets underway Friday in St. Peter's
The NAPHL Spring T1ER/SHOW Top Prospects Tournament opened up play on Friday, March 24th at the St. Peter's Rec Plex. The event is taking place during the NA3HL Fraser Cup Championship and the first NAHL Combine of the 2023 season. The event will bring together two NAPHL T1ER 16U Top Prospects teams along with two NAPHL SHOW 18U Top Prospects teams.
Over 60 NAHL, NA3HL, and NCAA were in attendance on Day 1 looking for the next crop of talent to load their rosters with.
Both the 16U T1ER and 18U SHOW leagues have assembled two teams to compete against each other. This will allow for the SHOW Top Prospects teams to showcase themselves not only with NA3HL coaches and scouts but also NAHL, NCAA and ACHA coaches and scouts. This also benefits the 16U T1ER Top Prospects teams by allowing them to begin competing against older competition and begin to get on the map of NAHL and NCAA programs. To date, 47 players in the NAPHL have signed tenders with North American Hockey League teams.
Friday, March 24
SHOW 18U East 3 vs. T1ER 16U East 1
SHOW 18U West 2 vs. T1ER 16U West 3
Saturday, March 25
T1ER 16U West vs. T1ER 16U East. 8:45am
SHOW 18U East vs. SHOW 18U West, 12:45pm
SHOW 18U West vs. T1ER 16U East, 5:30pm
T1ER 16U West vs. SHOW 18U East, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 26
Championship: 1pm, Consolation: 1:15pm
Day 1 recaps
SHOW 18U East 3 vs. T1ER 16U East 1 – The NAPHL Spring Top Prospects Tournament opened up with the SHOW 18U East taking home a 3-1 win over T1ER 16U East. The SHOW 18U team jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st period thanks to a goal from Parker Lonsdale (New Jersey Jr. Titans Prep). The lead increased to 2-0 in the 2nd period for the SHOW 18U as Preston Jones (New Jersey Jr. Titans Prep) scored. In the 3rd period, the SHOW 18U took a 3-0 lead thanks to a goal from Andrew Kaunas (Orland Park Vikings). T1ER East found the back of the net later in the 3rd period with their lone goal from Garrett Morris (Maine Nordiques). Nicolas Gould (New Jersey Jr. Titans) made 22 saves and Noah Van Herik (Highland Park Falcons) made 13 saves in the win. Gavin Morris (Maine Nordiques) made 21 saves in the loss.
T1ER 16U West 3 vs. SHOW 18U West 2 – T1ER 16U West came from behind to edge the SHOW 18U West team, 3-2 on Day 1 of the Spring Top Prospects. T1ER 16U West struck first in the opening period thanks to a shorthanded goal from Cam Cowen (Omaha Mastery). The SHOW 18U West picked up quick back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead as Nathan Halfhill II (St. Louis Sting) and Alexander Musyakevych (Pilot Mound) scored :18 seconds apart. In the 2nd period, T1ER 16U West tied the game at 2-2 thanks to a goal from Jayani Benson (Team Alaska). Late in the 3rd period, the T1ER 16U West team netted the game-winner thanks to a goal from Ryan Disbrow (Vegas Jr. Golden Knights). Spencer Hunnam (Omaha Mastery) made 20 saves in the win, while Nick Cowles (Anaheim Jr. Ducks) made 14 saves and Jacob Morgan (Lincoln Stars) made 16 saves in the loss.