PHL off to an exciting start at West event in San Jose
The PHL event in San Jose got off to an exciting start on Friday in Day 1 of competition as the 18U teams took center stage. Towards the end of the day, the Bantam Tournament Series made its debut as well.
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Here is a look at the action so far, team-by-team:
Anaheim Jr. Ducks 18U: The Ducks were one of the big movers of the day, winning two games and vaulting their record to 6-1-0 as they now sit atop of the White Division. Max McLain and James Wade were the big point producers of the day as Anaheim defeated the Utah Regulators, 5-2 in the morning game and defeated the previously unbeaten Texas Tornado, 6-3 in the afternoon game.
California Titans: The Titans were also big winners on Day 1 as they won both their games and improved their record to 5-2-0 overall and moved into 2nd place in the Red Division behind the Texas Tornado. In the morning game, Jason Semchak made 31 saves in a 2-0 shutout of San Jose. In the second game, Blake Brazil scored twice in a 4-3 shootout win over Pikes Peak.
Phoenix Firebirds: The Firebirds started the event at .500, but suffered two losses on the opening day in San Jose. In the morning, the Firebirds fell to the Pikes Peak Miners, 6-2. In the afternoon, Pursuit of Excellence defeated the Firebirds, 4-2. Daniel Nachbar scored in both games to lead the team.
Pikes Peak Miners: The Miners improved their record to 4-2-1 by taking three of a possible four points during the opening day. In the 6-2 morning win over Phoenix, the Miners were led by Connor Hutchins, who had a goal and two assists. In the afternoon, Will Matheson had a goal and assist, as did Hutchins, but the Miners fell in a shootout, 4-3.
Pursuit of Excellence: POE went 1-1-0 on the first day. In the morning game, they fell 6-1 to the then unbeaten Texas Tornado. Fabio Arnold scored the lone goal and Cody Porter made 40 saves. In the afternoon game, Cameron made 47 saves and Brodie Saywell had a goal and assist in a 4-2 win over Phoenix.
San Jose Jr. Sharks: The Jr. Sharks split their games on Friday and in the process, maintained their .500 record with a 3-3-1 record. In the morning game, Antonio Venezio made 26 saves, but the Sharks were blanked by the California Titans, 2-0. In the night game, Eric Folgmann scored the lone goal and Sean Tannenbaum stopped all 17 shots in a 1-0 shutout win over Utah.
Texas Tornado: The Tornado, who remain on top of the Red Division, finally fell from the ranks of the unbeaten as they posted a 1-1 record on Day 1 in San Jose. In the morning game, they handled Pursuit of Excellence, 6-1 as Ryan Poole scored twice. In the nightcap, the Tornado lost for the first time this season, 6-3 to the Anaheim Jr. Ducks.
Utah Regulators: Despite dropping to 0-7-0 on the season, the Regulators played both opponents tough in their two games on Friday. They fell 5-2 to the Anaheim Jr. Ducks in the morning. Peter Gormley made 40 saves in the loss. In the night game, Dalton Behm made 21 saves, but the Regulators could not manage a goal as they fell, 1-0.
In the Bantam Tournament Series, the Edge Mountaineers and the San Jose Jr. Sharks have both gone 2-0 through the first two days and will play one another on Saturday night. While the Anaheim Wildcats and California Titans are both 0-2.