Plenty of surprises after Day 2 at Championship Series
February 15, 2014
It was a busy day on Saturday at the NAPHL Championship Series. The Gold Divisions got underway and the Silver Divisions have completed their round-robin portion. Sunday will see the Gold Division complete their round-robin, while the Silver Division finalists will be decided.
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18U Gold Division
Each team played once on Day 1. The surprises of the day game in the A Pool where both the lower seeds won over the top seeds. The #8 seed California Titans got 36 saves from Joe Licata in a 4-3 win over top-seeded Anaheim. The #5 seed West Michigan Hounds got 34 saves from Hunter Vorva in a 2-1 win over the #4 Lansing Captials. In the B Pool, the top seeds dominated the first games. The #3 Esmark Stars showcased their signature defense in a 5-0 shutout of the #6 seeded Pikes Peak Miners. Cole Hepler had two goals in the win. #2 seeded Omaha had no problem with the #7 seeded Pursuit of Excellence team. Nathan Medeiros had a goal and three assists in the win.
18U Silver Division
The Semi-Finals are set in the Consolation bracket as the Texas Tornado finished atop of the Silver A Division with a 2-0-1 record. In the semi-finals, they will face the #2 seed from the Silver B Division, which the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks. The Lumberjacks finished in a three-way tie for 2nd place with San Jose and Atlanta with 1-2 records, however Cleveland had the best goal differential in the games played between the three tied teams. The New Jersey Jr. Titans finished atop of the Silver B Pool with a perfect 3-0 record. In the semi-finals, they will face the Phoenix Firebirds, who finished with a 2-1 record along with St. Louis, but won the head to head tie-breaker with the Selects.
16U Gold Division
In the Gold A Division, things went true to form in the first two games. Omaha beat Pikes Peak and Anaheim by a combined 11-1. Tarek Baker and Wade Allison both had five points in the two wins. The #4 Lansing Capitals have three points with a 1-0-1 record thanks to a 3-0 win over Pikes Peak and shootout loss to Anaheim. Anaheim had a shootout win over Lansing and a loss to Omaha to finish Day 1 at 1-1. Pikes Peak was outscored 7-0 and sit at 0-2 and have been eliminated from advancing to the semi-finals. In the Gold B Division, the #2 New Jersey Jr. Titans went 2-0 on Day 1 and booked a trip to the semi-finals with wins over St. Louis and Esmark. After a loss to New Jersey in the morning, St. Louis beat San Jose in the nightcap to finish Day 1 at 1-1. Esmark also finished at 1-1 in the first day as they beat San Jose in a shootout and lost to New Jersey by a goal. The #2 ranked Sharks have been eliminated from semi-final contention after earning just a point for their shootout loss.
16U Silver Division
The Semi-Finals are set after California won the Silver A Pool with a 3-0 record outscoring their opponents 34-6. In the semi-finals they will face the Texas Tornado, who finished 2-1 and in 2nd place in the B Pool. Pursuit of Excellence beat Texas in the final round-robin game to win the B Pool with a 3-0 record. They will face the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks in the semi-finals who finished in 2nd place in the A Pool with a 2-1 record. After failing to win a game during the regular season, Cleveland won their final two round-robin games to advance to the semi-finals.