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Omaha event comes to a close

November 17, 2014
The third NAPHL event of the season came to a close on Sunday in Omaha as all the 18U teams completed their fourth game of the weekend. 
 
The big winners at the event were the Madison Capitols and the Esmark Stars, who both went undefeated with 4-0 records. Subsequently, Madison now sits all alone in 1st place in the 18U Division, while Esmark is tied for 2nd place. Also keeping pace in the standings were Anaheim, Lansing and Omaha, who all went 3-1. The big movers outside the top 8 were the St. Louis Selects, who went 2-0-2 and the Pikes Peak Miners, who went 3-1.
 
Current 18U Standings
 
Here is a look at Sunday’s recaps:

Esmark 3 vs. Minnesota 0 – The Esmark Stars 18U relied on the scoring touch of Brian Dee, who netted two goals, to beat Minnesota Revolution 18U, 3-0. Dee's tallies came on the power play at 8:30 into the second period to make the score 1-0 Esmark Stars 18U and 9:11 into the second to make the score 2-0 Esmark Stars 18U. Esmark Stars 18U also got a goal from David Jerome as well. In addition, Esmark Stars 18U received assists from Austin Martz, David Polinski, James Unger, and Adam Alavi, who each chipped in one. Scott Trellis rejected 14 shots on goal for Esmark Stars 18U.
 
Pikes Peak 7 vs. West Michigan 2 - Behind a great game by Luke Boose, who had two goals and one assist, Pikes Peak Miners 18U defeated West Michigan Hounds 18U, 7-2. Boose's tallies came on the power play at 4:01 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Pikes Peak Miners 18U and 14:50 into the third to make the score 6-2 Pikes Peak Miners 18U. Pikes Peak Miners 18U kept West Michigan Hounds 18U's goalie busy throughout the game, and Chance Kremer made 29 saves on 36 shots. Pikes Peak Miners 18U also got points from Cooper Spears, who also racked up one goal and one assist and Jake Eubank, who also registered two goals and one assist to lead the team in points. Pikes Peak Miners 18U also had goals scored by Mitch Porter and Ross Hanson, who each put in one. In addition, Pikes Peak Miners 18U received assists from Matty Taylor, Austin Wheatly, and Colton Davis, who each chipped in one. West Michigan Hounds 18U was helped by Johnathan Goetz, who had one goal. Goetz scored 57 seconds into the third period to make the score 3-2 Pikes Peak Miners 18U. Mason Graves picked up the assist. Kyle Prendel also scored for West Michigan Hounds 18U. More assists for West Michigan Hounds 18U came via William Nichol and Gavin Cline, who contributed one each. Taylor rejected 20 shots on goal for Pikes Peak Miners 18U.
 
Lansing 4 vs. California 2 - Lansing Capitals 18U gutted out a close 4-2 win against California Titans 18U. Each team kept the other at bay throughout the game, and Keegan Weckesser secured the win for Lansing Capitals 18U with a goal in the third period. Caleb Wortz had a great game for Lansing Capitals 18U, netting two goals. Wortz scored at 15:45 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Lansing Capitals 18U and again while 14:43 into the third to make the score 4-2 Lansing Capitals 18U. Lansing Capitals 18U also got a goal from Wyatt Beard as well. More assists for Lansing Capitals 18U came via Justin Riffel, Kieran Durgan, Ethan Stutzman, and Caleb Hite, who contributed one each. California Titans 18U was helped by Jack Reeves, who finished with one goal. Reeves scored 7:37 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Lansing Capitals 18U. Nathan Margeson picked up the assist. Connor Nilson also scored for California Titans 18U. In addition, California Titans 18U received assists from Nicholas Bortolotto, who had one and Eduard Kuznetsov, who had two. Ricky Gonzalez made 19 saves for Lansing Capitals 18U on 21 shots.
 
HC Dallas 6 vs. Arizona 1 - HC Dallas 18U had a three-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 6-1 win over Arizona Bobcats 18U. HC Dallas 18U was sparked by Thomas Wheeler, who had one goal. Wheeler scored 15:38 into the second period to make the score 2-0 HC Dallas 18U. HC Dallas 18U additionally got points from Peter Hatton, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, Ben Bledsoe, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Patric Fun, who also registered two goals and one assist, and Ethan Chun, who also finished with one goal and two assists. Other players who recorded assists for HC Dallas 18U were Grayson Dillingham, Lucas Mendes, Gary Russell, and Max Hedges, who each chipped in one. HC Dallas 18U's Link Ferch stopped 21 shots out of the 22 that he faced.
 
St. Louis 3 vs. San Jose 2 - In a game where neither team could get a cushion, St. Louis Selects 18U escaped with a 3-2 victory over San Jose Jr. Sharks 18U. Neither team gained more than a one-goal lead, and John Moeller's goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker. St. Louis Selects 18U was led by Moeller, who tallied one goal and one assist. Moeller scored 15:51 into the third period to make the score 3-2 St. Louis Selects 18U. David Kelley assisted on the tally. St. Louis Selects 18U forced San Jose Jr. Sharks 18U goalie Devin Cooley to work between the pipes, taking 41 shots. St. Louis Selects 18U additionally got points from Kelley, who also finished with one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Jiri Trubacik also scored for St. Louis Selects 18U. In addition, St. Louis Selects 18U received assists from Charlie Corbett, Caleb Cooper, Ryan DeRousse, and Jack Healy, who each chipped in one. San Jose Jr. Sharks 18U was helped by Aidan Ward, who grabbed one goal. Ward scored 1:51 into the second period to make the score 1-0 San Jose Jr. Sharks 18U. San Jose Jr. Sharks 18U also got a goal from Aaron Burden as well. Other players who recorded assists for San Jose Jr. Sharks 18U were Corey Semmelmayer, who had one. Zach Young made 38 saves for St. Louis Selects 18U on 40 shots.
 
Madison 2 vs. Philadelphia 1 - Philadelphia Little Flyers 18U failed to take advantage of its power play opportunities and Madison Capitols 18U shook off a number of penalties to win, 2-1. Madison Capitols 18U was led by Matthew Carr, who grabbed one goal. Carr scored on the power play 10:31 into the second period to make the score 2-1.  Kasey Fitzjerrels also scored for Madison Capitols 18U. In addition, Madison Capitols 18U received assists from Brendon Gysbers, who had one. Other players who recorded assists for Philadelphia Little Flyers 18U were Brian Boylan and Michael Butler, who contributed one each. Tim Grounds made 22 saves for Madison Capitols 18U on 23 shots.
 
Anaheim 7 vs. New Jersey 2 - New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U allowed Anaheim Jr. Ducks 18U to net four goals during the second period and fell, 7-2. Paul Boutoussov had a great game for Anaheim Jr. Ducks 18U, netting two goals. Boutoussov scored on the power play at 1:20 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Anaheim Jr. Ducks 18U and again while on the power play 4:04 into the second to make the score 4-2 Anaheim Jr. Ducks 18U. Anaheim Jr. Ducks 18U additionally got points from Evan Camba, who also had one goal and three assists to lead the team in points and Evan Nyhus, who also registered two goals and one assist. Others who scored for Anaheim Jr. Ducks 18U included Matthew Coleman and Bryce Hunt, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Anaheim Jr. Ducks 18U were Jonathon Pichedwatana, who had two and Ryan Miller, Kyle Mayhew, Tyse Teague, and Andrew Truxaw, who each chipped in one. New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U kept Anaheim Jr. Ducks 18U's goalie busy throughout the game, and Rob Ivy made 33 saves on 35 shots. New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U was helped by Charlie Singerhouse, who tallied one goal. Singerhouse scored on the power play 5:34 into the first period to make the score 1-0 New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U. Mike Gelatt also scored for New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U. In addition, New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U received assists from Greg Malafronte, Anthony Cusanelli, and Zach Berzolla, who contributed one each.
 
 
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