PHL West Showcase shines over weekend
The end of the third day in San Jose saw the 18U Division finish up play, while each team in the 16U Division played two games on Sunday. In the Bantam Tournament Series (BTS), each team played three games, which set them up for the Semi-Finals on Sunday morning followed by the BTS Championship game on Sunday afternoon.
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Here is a look at the weekend action, team-by-team:
Bantam Tournament Series (BTS): After winning their morning games, the San Jose Jr. Sharks and the Edge Mountaineers found themselves in the Championship game on Sunday afternoon. San Jose won the round-robin game between the two, but in the Championship, it was the Edge that came away with the title. Cody Cambell stopped all 20 shots in the 3-0 win and Connor Beebe had a goal and assist to lead the Edge in the title game. Jake Bean finished as the Mountaineers leading scorer, while Nick Sefalu paced the Jr. Sharks.
Anaheim Jr. Ducks: The Ducks beat the San Jose Jr. Sharks 6-2 on Saturday as Max McLain had two goals and an assist. However, perfection in San Jose eluded the Jr. Ducks as in their final game, Phoenix came from behind to beat Anaheim 2-1. McLain added an assist on the lone goal and finished the event with 7 points in 4 games as Anaheim posted a 3-1-0 record in San Jose.
California Titans: The Titans took a big step up in the standings with a perfect 4-0-0 record at the West Showcase. They moved their record to 3-0-0 with a 2-0 shutout win over the Phoenix Firebirds on Saturday. Jason Semchak made 24 saves for his second straight shutout. On Sunday, they blanked the Utah Regulators 1-0 as goaltender Brandon Brown made 23 saves. The Titans gave up a total of three goals in the four games.
Phoenix Firebirds: On Saturday, the Firebirds were shutout by the Titans, 2-0. Goaltender David Volkmann made 28 saves in the loss. On Sunday, the Firebirds rebounded for their first win in San Jose as they defeated the Anaheim Jr. Ducks, 2-1. Hector Majul scored the game winning goal as Phoenix finished with a 1-3-0 record in San Jose.
Pikes Peak Miners: On Saturday, the Miners shutout the Texas Tornado 6-0 to move their record to 2-0-1 at the West Showcase. On Sunday, they improved to 3-0-1 as they defeated Pursuit of Excellence, 5-1. Will Matheson finished the event with 7 points and recorded at least a point in all four games. Connor Hutchins had 8 points during the event, which included a two goal performance in the final day.
Pursuit of Excellence: POE leaves San Jose with a respectable 2-2-0 record. On Saturday, POE defeated the Utah Regulators 5-4 in a shootout. Linden Hora scored as the 20th combined shooter to give POE the win. On Sunday, POE fell to Pikes Peak 5-1. Defenseman Chaz Reddekopp had four points during the event in San Jose.
San Jose Jr. Sharks: The San Jose Jr. Sharks finished the West Showcase in their hometown with a 1-3-0 record. On Saturday, the Jr. Sharks fell 6-2 to Anaheim and on Sunday, it was a 3-2 loss to the Texas Tornado. The Sharks offense struggled to score in the event as they registered just five goals in the four games. Mick Nisbet leads the team with 7 points.
Texas Tornado: The Tornado entered the West Showcase with a perfect record, but they went 2-2-0 in San Jose to post a record of 7-2-0 through the first two events. On Saturday, the Tornado were shutout by Pikes Peak, 6-0. On Sunday, the Tornado finished the event on a high note with a 3-2 win over San Jose. Austin Murray scored twice in the win and is now tied for third in PHL 18U goal scoring with 7.
Utah Regulators: The Regulators picked up their first point of the season with a 5-4 shootout loss on Saturday to Pursuit of Excellence. Jordan Townsend had a goal and two assists and Eric Madison scored twice. Utah led the game at one point, 4-0. On Sunday, the Regulators were edged by the California Titans, 1-0. Dalton Behm made 25 saves in the loss.
Anaheim Jr. Ducks: The Ducks stayed perfect for the West Showcase with two more wins on Sunday. The Ducks topped the Texas Tornado 5-1 in the morning game and the San Jose Jr. Sharks, 1-0 in the afternoon game. The Ducks have allowed just two goals in their three games so far in San Jose.
California Titans: The Titans won both of their games on Sunday to move their West showcase record to 2-0-1. Will-Robert Johnson, Ethan Somoza and Jacob Hamacher all had three points in the win. In the nightcap, the Titans beat the Phoenix Firebirds 6-0 as Brendan Harris recorded a hat-trick.
Phoenix Firebirds: The Firebirds are still looking for their first win of the season after they dropped their first three games at the West Showcase. On Day 2, they fell to the Pursuit of Excellence 3-0 in the morning and then 6-0 to the California Titans in the afternoon.
Pikes Peak Miners: The Miners split a pair of games on Sunday as they moved their West Showcase record to 2-1-0. In the morning game, the Miners fell 5-3 to California. Louis Park scored twice in the game. In the nightcap, Evan Smith made 22 saves and the Miners scored twice in the final two minutes for a thrilling 3-2 win.
Pursuit of Excellence: POE split their Sunday games bringing their West Showcase record to 1-2-0. In the morning, goaltender Brendan Berry made 26 saves in a 3-0 shutout of Phoenix. In the afternoon game, POE was doubled up by the Wenatchee Wild, 4-2. Ralph Jarrett and Zach Zorn scored the goals.
San Jose Jr. Sharks: After a win on Saturday, the Sharks were sitting pretty with a 4-0-1 record, but that came to a halt on Sunday as the Sharks dropped both games. In the morning, they fell to the Wenatchee Wild, 5-2. In the evening game, 35 saves from Geoff Grimm wasn’t enough as they lost a heart-breaker to Anaheim, 1-0.
Texas Tornado: It was also a tough Sunday for the Texas Tornado, who came into the day with a 4-1-0 record, but lost both Sunday games to drop to 4-3-0. In the morning, they fell to the Anaheim Ducks 5-1. In the evening game, two late goals from Pikes Peak spoiled a multi-point game from Logan Berlof in a close 3-2 loss.
Wenatchee Wild: One of the big movers on Sunday was Wenatchee. After a loss on Saturday, the Wild rebounded for two wins on Sunday. In the morning, Zach Paxman scored two, 3rd period goals in a 5-2 win over San Jose. In the second game, Cory Burnett scored twice in a 4-2 win over Pursuit of Excellence.