NAPHL 18U event in Omaha just a week away
November 7, 2014
The 2014-15 North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) regular season resumes in one week, with its third event of the year taking place from November 13-16 at Moylan Iceplex in Omaha, Nebraska. All 16 NAPHL 18U teams will compete at the event.
Each NAPHL18U team competing in the Omaha event will play a total of four games during the weekend. All games at the Omaha event will be broadcast live over the Internet through FASTHockey.
In addition, the NAHL Event Scouting System will continue in Omaha. The Event Scouting System is lead by Craig Barnett, Coordinator of Player of Personnel for the NAHL, NA3HL and NAPHL. Barnett’s primary role is to coordinate the scouting at all NA3HL and NAPHL events, and to promote player advancement and to supply information to NAHL, NCAA and other junior and collegiate coaches.
This is the third year of the scouting initiative and proved to be very successful in assisting NAPHL coaches in promoting their players to the next level of hockey. “There are a record number of former players from both the NA3HL and NAPHL currently on NAHL rosters, so we feel this is a very important piece to the recruiting puzzle,” said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “With over 1,300 players actively playing in both the NA3HL and NAPHL this season, Craig’s role is essential in coordinating, organizing and distributing the Event Scouting System report and results to junior and college coaches.”
In an effort to provide more opportunity to NAPHL players in Omaha, the NAHL has once again tasked Craig Barnett to present a NCAA Compliance and Education seminar. The 45-minute presentation scheduled for Friday, November 14 or Saturday, November 15 will be located in the meeting room inside the Moylan Iceplex. The Education and Compliance seminar will cover several topics including the differences between NCAA Division I and III hockey, an introduction to the NCAA Eligibility Center and important soon-to-be changes, Academic requirements needed to compete at the NCAA level, and how the college recruiting process works.
Here is an update on each 18U team to date:
Anaheim Jr. Ducks:
The Anaheim Jr. Ducks are heading to Omaha with an 8-2 record so far. They are second in the league behind the Madison Capitols and have 16 points. The Ducks look to earn a few points and take the first place position. Evan Nyhus, defenseman, was named the second Peak Performer Star of the Week on November 3, and has eight assists so far this season. Sean Lincoln, goaltender, will be a player to watch for the Ducks with a 5-1 record, three of those shutout victories.
The Arizona Bobcats will head to Omaha with a 2-8 record and four points. They look to gain an advantage on the teams in front of them and climb the standings. Forward Michael Rosholt leads the team in points with five goals, two game-winners, and four assists to total nine points this season.
The California Titans enter the Omaha event in the middle of the pack with a 3-1 record. The Titans are in 7th place and have 13 points. They hope to earn a few points and jump through the standings as the race for points is close between the top 10 teams. Eric Weber was named the second Offensive Peak Performer Star of the Week on November 3. Weber has six goals, one game-winner and five assists for a total of 11 points. Also named a second star is goaltender Nicholas Nast with a 4-3-1 record and one shootout win.
The Esmark Stars have a 6-2-2 record, and will head to Omaha with 14 points. The Stars are close behind the five teams in front of them and look to gain some leverage while in Omaha. Carter Ekberg, defenseman, has helped make the Stars a tough contender in the division and was named the first Defensive Peak Performer Star of the Week for November 3. Ekberg leads the team in points and leads the defensemen in the division and with four goals, two game-winners and nine assists for a total of 13 points. Also notable is the fact that the Stars have managed to stay out of the box with only 90 penalty minutes, the least in the league.
HC Dallas is 8th in the division and will head to Omaha with 12 points. The team is in the middle of the division and looks to climb the standings at the Omaha event. Patric Fun, forward, has scored the second-most goals in the division, with 10. Three of those are game-winners, and he leads his team in points with a total of 15.
The Lansing Capitals will enter the Omaha tournament with a 7-3 record. The Capitals are 5th in the division and have a total of 14 points. Forward Josh Kirsch leads the team in points with three goals, two game-winners and five assists to total eight points. Goaltender Ricky Gonzalez has a 4-1 record and one shutout victory so far this season.
The Madison Capitols head to Omaha as the first place team with a near-perfect 9-1 record and a total of 18 points. This team will be one to watch as they have at least one winner in each Peak Performer Star of the Week category for the week of November 3. Burton Rehm was named the first Goaltender Peak Performer Star. Rehm has a perfect 6-0 record and one shutout victory to date. Cole Hults was named the third Defensive Peak Performer Star and has seven points this season. Jordan Fader was named the third Offensive Peak Performer Star and has 12 points.
The Minnesota Revolution will head to Omaha with a 2-8 record and four points. The team is 15th in the division and looks to gain some leverage on the teams ahead and climb the standings. Wyatt Nielsen, forward, leads the team in points with two goals and five assists to total seven points.
New Jersey Jr. Titans:
The New Jersey Jr. Titans enter the Omaha Tournament in fourth place and a 7-2-1 record. The team has 15 points and is only three points behind the first-place Madison Capitols. Forward Anthony Cusanelli leads the division in points with 11 goals and five assists for a total of 16 points. Goaltender Cam Newman has a 4-2 record and one shutout victory so far this season.
The Omaha AAA team is third in the division and will enter the Omaha event with a 7-2-1 record. The team is tied for third with the New Jersey Jr. Titans as each team has 15 points. Forward TJ Polglaze leads the team in scoring with seven goals, one game-winner and three assists for a total of 10 points this season. Goaltender Lucas Van Dyke, with goals against average of 1.94, enters the tournament with a 3-1-1 record and one shutout victory.
Philadelphia Little Flyers:
The Philadelphia Little Flyers are the only team heading to Omaha without a victory so far this season. They look to earn some points and hopefully find their way back into the competition with a few victories in Omaha. Forward Eric Lauk leads the team in scoring with five goals and three assists for a total of eight points. Despite their losing record, goaltender Joseph Giacobbo has an impressive .893 save percentage.
Pikes Peak Miners:
The Pikes Peak Miners enter the Omaha event with a 3-7 record and six points to date. Jake Eubank, forward, leads the team in points with three goals and three assists to total six points. Also notable is Forward JP Nolette, who has three goals and one assist to total four points, and has scored two game-winning goals for the Miners this season.
Pursuit of Excellence:
The Pursuit of Excellence heads to Omaha with a 4-5-1 record and a total of nine points. The tenth-place team looks to earn at least three points to catch up to the San Jose Jr. Sharks and others that are close in front of them. Forward Braeden Harke leads the team in points with three goals and five assists to total eight points. Mitchell Zambon, forward, has three goals this season, two of those being game-winners for the Pursuit of Excellence. Goaltender Joseph McLeod has a 2-2 record and one shutout victory so far this season.
San Jose Jr. Sharks:
The San Jose Jr. Sharks will enter the Omaha event with a 5-3-2 record. The Sharks are in ninth place and have 12 points to date. A notable player is Devin Cooley, who was named the third Goaltender Peak Performer Star of the Week on November 3. Cooley has a 3-1-2 record and one shutout victory. His impressive .960 save percentage makes him a player to watch for the Sharks. Also notable is forward Aaron Burden who leads the team in points with four goals and three assists to total seven points.
St. Louis Selects:
The St. Louis Selects enter the Omaha tournament with a 2-7-1 record and are in 13th place. The selects have five points and look to earn a few more victories in Omaha and improve their record. Forward Jordan Bratton leads the team in points with four goals and six assists to total 10 points. John Moeller leads the team in scoring with five goals and four assists to total nine points, and has one game-winning goal.
West Michigan Hounds:
The West Michigan Hounds have a 3-5-2 record and enter the Omaha event with eight points to date. Forward Kyle Berry leads the team in points with one goal and six assists to total seven points. Goaltender Chance Kremer has a 2-4-1 record with the Hounds, but he has an impressive save percentage of .905.