Standings shuffle after second NAPHL event in Blaine
October 21, 2015
The second NAPHL event of the season wrapped up earlier this week at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. It was a great event and saw over 50 scouts check in and view the action, which included scouts from the NHL, NCAA, NAHL Central Scouting, NAHL, International Scouting Services (ISS), USHL, Major Junior and other junior leagues.
There are three more regular season events to go, which include next month in Aston, Pennsylvania from November 13-16. It will be the final chance for the 16U players to show their stuff before the selections go out for the 16U All-Star Game, which will take place back in Blaine during the fourth event of the season on December 6th.
Here is a look at the current standings in each division and how the teams fared:
1st place (tie): Madison Capitols - The Capitols stayed in a 1st place tie with a 4-1 record while in Blaine. Their lone loss came via a close 1-0 defeat to Omaha. Forward Anthony Callin led the way with 7 points and 5 goals at the event and goalie Daniel Lebedeff won all three of his starts.
1st place (tie): Omaha AAA – Omaha went 5-0 at the event, which included a 1-0 win over the Madison Capitols in one of the better games we have seen this year. Defenseman Brendon Gysbers and forward Jordan Fader were the leaders at the event and goalies Cole Weaver and Gavin Hubbard were both spectacular.
3rd place: Rocky Mountain Roughriders – Rocky Mountain was another team to go 5-0 and stay in the hunt for 1st place. Forward Zachary Schwenk led the way with seven points at the event and goaltender Cody Christofferson was a perfect 3-0 with a 94.7% save percentage.
4th place: WBS Knights – The Knights had a big of a rough event after going just 2-2-1. The previously unbeaten Knights lost three close games to the Minnesota Blades, Washington and Madison. Forward Tyler Briley was one of the event’s leaders with 8 points in five games.
5th place: Meijer AAA – Meijer stayed in solid position in the standings, going 3-2 at the event. Their two losses were to the Minnesota Blades and Cal Titans. Forward Ryan Hein had 6 points during the event and 16U goalie CJ Hapward posted a shutout in his lone start and 18U debut.
6th place (tie): Philadelphia Little Flyers – The Little Flyers were one of the big movers at the event, posting a great 4-1 record. Forward Eric Lauk took over the 18U Division scoring lead with a 14-point effort at the event and brother Ryan Lauk had 9 points from the blueline. Goalie Cam Perry allowed just two goals in two starts.
6th place (tie): Esmark Stars – The Stars also helped their cause by going 4-0-1 in Blaine with the lone point being lost in a shootout loss to the St. Louis Selects. Forward Brendan Johns had 7 points in the five games and goalies William Lowe III and Joseph Hubert were both great between the pipes.
6th place (tie): Pikes Peak Miners – The Miners dropped a bit in the standings as they went 1-3-1 at the second Showcase. Their lone win came over the Arizona Bobcats. Forward Ethan Daniels led the team with 5 points at the event and goalie Ty Bever went 1-0-1, stopping 36 of 40 shots in two games.
6th place (tie): Pursuit of Excellence – POE held steady with a 2-2-1 record in Blaine. Wins came against Arizona and California. Forward Cassidy Bowes had 6 points in 5 games and defenseman Matt Kasowski had 5 points. Goalie Austin Poulin was 2-0 and stopped 46 of 50 shots.
10th place (tie): Washington Little Caps – The Little Caps made one of the biggest leaps in the standings with a 4-1 record at the event. Their lone loss was to Rocky Mountain. Forward Ryan Leibold led the team with 7 points during the event and goalie Alex Chen went 3-0, stopping 84 of 91 shots.
10th place (tie): Thunder Bay Kings – The Kings had a good event, going 3-2. Wins came against Pikes Peak, Wenatchee and San Diego. Defenseman Robert McCollum led the team at the event with 5 points and goalie Ryan Fanti was great in goal allowing just four goals in three stars, making 59 saves in the process.
12th place (tie): California Titans – The Titans went 2-3 in Blaine and failed to gain any ground on playoff position. Forward Connor Chilton, who is 2nd in NAPHL 18U scoring with 20 points to date, helped his cause with 9 more points at the event in Blaine. Goalie Ryan O’Toole allowed just one goal and posted a win in his only start.
12th place (tie): Wenatchee Wolves – The Wolves went 2-3 in Blaine with wins over Lockport and Pursuit of Excellence. Forward Griffin Wiencek was the offensive leader for the club at the event with 3 points and goalie Brandon Moore went 2-1 with a 1.67 goals against average and a 92.2% save percentage.
12th place (tie): Arizona Bobcats – The Bobcats went 2-3 for the second straight event and sit at 4-6 overall. Wins came against St. Louis and Lockport. Forward Tony Cimato had 7 points during the event and goalie Brad Donaldson appeared in four games and stopped 92 of 100 shots that came his way.
15th place (tie): St. Louis Selects – The Selects went 1-2-2 in Blaine and failed to gain much ground. Their lone win was a good one against Esmark. However, the Selects are making progress as all five games were decided by a goal. Goalie John Massara stopped 107 of 116 shots while at the event and went 1-1-2.
15th place (tie): New Jersey Jr. Titans – Last year’s champs have found it rough sledding and were one of three teams who failed to win a game while in Blaine. Their lone point came in a shootout loss to Esmark. Forward Max Weber had 3 goals in 4 games played during the event.
15th place (tie): HC Dallas – HC Dallas went 1-4 while in Blaine and still are looking for more scoring, as they rank second to last in goals. They did post a win over New Jersey and defenseman Louis Helsen led the team in Blaine with 4 points. Forward Brad Bowes had 3 goals. Goalie Hunter Smith stopped 50 of 54 shots in his two starts.
18th place: San Diego Jr. Gulls – The Jr. Gulls failed to pick up a point in Blaine, going 0-5 at the event. The did have some close losses to Rocky Mountain, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Thunder Bay. Forward Joel Robling, who leads the team in points, had 4 goals in the 5 games in Blaine.
19th place: Lockport Express – It was another rough go for the Express in Blaine as they went 0-5 and remain the only team without a win in the division. The Express scored three goals in the five losses. Forward Kyle Sroka, who leads the team in scoring had two of the team’s three goals during the event.
1st place: Omaha AAA – Back on top of the 16U Division is Omaha thanks to a perfect 5-0 record while in Blaine. However, rather than a high-powered offense as we have seen in years past, Omaha is now doing it with defense. Goalies Maxim Haselbacher and Todd Scott each gave up just one goal while at the event. Defenseman Kendrick Frost had 12 points in the 5 wins.
2nd place: New Jersey Jr. Titans – New Jersey went 4-1 at the second event of the season and helped their cause, moving into 2nd place by themselves. Defenseman Jimmy Dowd was on fire with 9 points in the 5 games and goalie Thomas Walker gave up two goals, appearing in 3 games.
3rd place (tie): Rocky Mountain Roughriders – The Roughriders went 3-2 at Blaine, with the losses coming to Meijer and Omaha. Forwards Kevin Ness and Nathan Hodges were the team leaders, each with 5 points and goalie Andrew Miller posted a shutout.
3rd place (tie): Washington Little Caps – The Caps went 3-0-2 in Blaine and remain just one of two teams in the 16U Division (Omaha) with just a single loss in regulation. Forward John Billingsley and Griffin Long had 4 points each in the 5 games and goalie Alec Coakley stopped 47 of 51 shots.
5th place (tie): WBS Knights – The Knights helped their cause by going 4-1 at the second event of the season, with their lone loss being a close 3-1 loss to Omaha. Forwards Jacob Goldowski and Sammy Steele had big events, scoring 11 points apiece and goalie Thomas Draper went 3-0 and stopped 89 of 94 shots.
5th place (tie): California Titans – The Titans went 3-2 in Blaine and remained in solid playoff position in the 16U Division. Forwards Daylon Mannon and Denis Moiseev each had great events with 9 points apiece. Goalie Nicholas Kaltala stopped 53 of 57 shots in three games and went 2-0.
7th place (tie): Madison Capitols – Madison stayed in the playoff hunt with a 3-2 record. Forward Brady Bjork was one of the best offensive players at the event, as he recorded 11 points in the 5 games. Defenseman Branden Suter had 5 points in the 5 games played.
7th place (tie): Meijer AAA – For the second straight event, Meijer ended up with a 3-2 record and sit at 6-4 overall. Both goalies CJ Hapward and James Durham played well, with each posting a shutout. Forward Cam Lindsay led the team with 5 points in 5 games played.
9th place (tie): Arizona Bobcats – Arizona got back to .500 on the season with a 3-2 record at the second event in Blaine. Goalie Cameron Sniffin played in all five games and forward Brock Sottile led the team with 7 points in 5 games, which included wins over Everett, San Diego and Thunder Bay.
9th place (tie): Esmark Stars – Esmark went 3-2 at the event and also got back to the .500 mark on the verge of a playoff spot. Goalie Tyrik Barkley was great at the event, giving up just one goal in his two starts and forward Jacob McClelland led the team with 5 points in the 5 games.
9th place (tie): HC Dallas – HC Dallas helped their cause with a 3-2 record in Blaine and got back to .500 and in a race for the playoffs. Goalie Hunter Adams was arguably the team MVP at the event as he allowed just three goals on 48 shots and posted a shutout. Forward Brandon Speights had 4 points in the 5 games played.
12th place: St. Louis Selects – The Selects helped their cause with a 3-2 record in Blaine and are back in the mix because of it. Goalie Kyle McClellan went 2-1 in his 3 starts with a 1.67 goals against average and stopped 90 of 95 shots. Forward Zach Stoltz led the way with 7 points in 5 games.
13th place (tie): Pursuit of Excellence – POE went 2-3 at the second event of the season and are showing signs of improvement, which included wins over Thunder Bay and Everett. Goalie Joel Hofer won both his starts and forward Nolan Dawson scored 4 goals in the 5 games. Defenseman Thomas Spink also had 5 points.
13th place (tie): Philadelphia Little Flyers – The Little Flyers took a small step back at the event, going 1-4 with their lone win coming against New York. Despite going 0-2, goalie Gino Albano stopped 48 of 53 shots he saw and forwards Liam McCanney and Shane Moran led the way, each with 4 points during the event.
13th place (tie): Thunder Bay Kings – Although they just won one game, Thunder Bay did get some valuable points going 1-2-2 at the event. Forward Quintin Loon-Stewardson led his team with 3 points at the event and goalie Scott Adams stopped 44 of 47 shots in two shootout losses.
16th place: Pikes Peak Miners – The Miners went 1-4 at the second event in Blaine, with the lone win coming over San Diego. The Miners remain challenged offensively, scoring just 7 goals in their 10 games to date. Goalie Douglas Wakelyn was the star of the event for the Miners, stopping 51 of 53 shots in two games.
17th place: San Diego Jr. Gulls – San Diego went winless in Blaine, going 0-5. Goalie Greg Moon appeared in all 5 games and faced 122 shots. Forwards Tyler Leibl and Cade Frederick each had 3 points to lead their team at the event.
18th place: Everett Jr. Silvertips – Everertt did pick up their first point of the year at the event, posting a 0-4-1 record. The point came in a shootout loss to Arizona. Forward Noah Ashley had 4 points in the 5 games and defenseman Kevin Parra-Vaughan had 3 goals.
19th place: New York Aviators – New York went 0-5 at the second event in Blaine and remain the lone 16U team without a point. The Aviators were competitive with two, one-goal losses and two, three-goal losses. Forward Shane Pinto had 4 points in the 5 games to lead the team.