First NAPHL event of the season is in the books
September 29, 2015
The first event of the 2015-16 NAPHL season wrapped up on Sunday at the NAHL Showcase. It was a tremendous five days of hockey, which saw more than 360+ NHL, NCAA, college and junior scouts come through the building. The event also broke attendance records.
Keep in mind, there are 25 games played during the NAPHL season, so even if your team got off to a slow start in Blaine at the first event, there is plenty of hockey still to be played!
Here is a look at how each team fared in each division as the standing sit after one event.
Arizona Bobcats: The Bobcats finished 2-3-0 at the first event with wins over HC Dallas and Philadelphia. Despite the two wins, the offense is a concern as the team scored just five goals in the six games. Forward Jacob Kerns leads the team with two goals.
California Titans: The Titans are 2-3-0 after the first event with wins over Thunder Bay and Lockport. Forward Connor Chilton leads the way with 11 points in the first five games, which is not only tops for the team, but also tops in the 18U Division as well.
Esmark Stars: The Stars finished 1-3-1 after the first event. The lone win came in a shutout of the San Diego Jr. Gulls. Forward Caleb Ernst leads with team with six points and five goals and his five goals is tied for 3rd among all 18U scorers.
HC Dallas: HC Dallas is off to a respectable 1-2-2 start thanks to a shutout win over Lockport, and shootout losses to Omaha and Arizona. Goalie Hunter Smith allowed just three goals in three games, facing 92 shots in the process and posting a 96.7% save percentage.
Lockport Express: The Express were the only team not to win a game in Blaine, going 0-5. The Express scored just five goals in the five games. Kyle Sroka leads the team in scoring with three points.
Madison Capitols: Last year’s regular season champs, the Madison Capitols are off to another strong start as they were one of two teams to go 5-0-0 to start the season. Goalie Burton Rehm was perfect in goal in both games he played in, posting two shutouts. Forward Nick Messner is 2nd in goals in the division with six.
Meijer: Meijer posted a good 3-1-1 record at the event with wins over San Diego, New Jersey and the Chicago Young Americans. Forward Caleb Hite is one of the division’s early scoring leaders with eight points in the first five games, which is tied for 3rd in the league.
New Jersey Jr. Titans: Last year’s 18U Champions are off to a 2-2-1 start, which has them in a tie for 8th place. New Jersey posted wins over Esmark and San Diego. Forward Nick Godfrey leads the team in scoring with five points in five games.
Omaha: Omaha posted a very good 4-1 record in Blaine and leads the 18U Division in offense through the first event with 25 goals in five games. Omaha’s only loss was to Honeybaked. Forwards Jaden Anderson and Tristan Ashbrook are tied with seven points apiece.
Philadelphia Little Flyers: The Little Flyers are in the mix with a 2-3-0 record after one event. They posted a huge win over the Rocky Mountain and another win against Thunder Bay. Forwards Eric Lauk and Lars Cullver are tied for the scoring lead with four points each.
Pikes Peak: The Miners are in great position after one event, going 4-0-1 in Blaine. Their only set back was a shootout loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but had wins over California, POE, Lockport and St. Louis. Forward Ross Hanson leads the 18U Division with eight goals and goalie Jeremy Swayman made 123 saves in four games.
Pursuit of Excellence: POE is 3-1-1 after five games and they have done it with defense, allowing just nine goals in the first five games with wins over Thunder Bay, Esmark and San Diego. Forward Brett Piper leads the team in scoring with five points in five games.
Rocky Mountain RoughRiders: The RoughRiders return to the NAPHL went well for the first event as they went 3-2-0. Rocky Mountain got wins over the Chicago Young Americans, Wenatchee Wolves and Esmark Stars. Goalie Zack LaRocque stopped 68 of 70 shots in three games.
San Diego Jr. Gulls: San Diego had a rough beginning in their NAPHL debut event, going 1-4-0. The Jr. Gulls lone win came in a 5-2 victory over St. Louis. Forwards Matthew Gould and Joel Robling both had good events with five points apiece through the first five games.
St. Louis Selects: The Selects opened the season with a 1-4-0 start at the first event. Most of their losses were close and they posted their lone win over Lockport. Goalie John Massara played in all five games and faced a league-high 141 shots.
Thunder Bay Kings: Not knowing what to expect, the Kings have to be pleased with a 2-2-1 start in their first NAPHL season, which has them in the playoff mix. The Kings got wins over Philadelphia and Meijer. Forward Jacob Brown is among the 18U scoring leaders with eight points.
Washington Little Caps: The Little Caps were 1-3-1 at the first event, but were almost even in goal differential. The caps lone win came against Lockport and they had a shootout loss against the Magicians. Goalie Zach Hale only allowed one goal in two games played.
Wenatchee Wolves: The Wolves are 2-3-0 after one event, but struggled to find some offense, scoring six goals in the five games. The Wolves posted wins over Washington and HC Dallas and forward Hayden Givens has half the team’s goals with three.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: The Knights were one of the big story lines of the opening weekend as they went 5-0-0 and are tied for 1st place in the 18U Division. The Knights outscored their opponents 22-7 and forwards Jeremy Wilber and Joseph Campolieto have seven points apiece.
Arizona Bobcats: The Bobcats finished the opening event with a 2-3-0 record. Arizona had wins over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and their losses were close ones against some good teams. Forwards Brock Sottile and Tyler Benson are tied for the team scoring lead with four points.
California Titans: The Titans are very happy to be leaving Blaine with a 4-1 record, which included wins over the Magicians American team, Thunder Bay, HC Dallas and POE. Goalie Nicholas Kaltala was 2-0 and allowed just a single goal in the two wins.
Esmark Stars: The Stars have a very young team, so a 2-3-0 start isn’t that bad early on in the season. The Stars posted their two wins over HC Dallas and Thunder Bay. Forward Christian Gorscak leads the team with five points in the first five games.
Everett Jr. Silvertips: The young Jr. Silvertips head back to the drawing board after going 0-5-0 at the first event, being outscored 42-4. Forward Noah Ashley has half the team’s goals with two and goalie Kohl Reddy faced 133 shots in his three games.
HC Dallas: Like the 18U team, HC Dallas 16U is 1-2-2 after the opening fives games with the lone win over the New York Aviators and shootout losses against Meijer and California. Forward Thomas Demers has three goals in the five games.
Madison Capitols: The Capitols are pleased with their 3-2-0 start, which included wins over St. Louis, Pikes Peak and the Magicians American team. Forwards Kyle Schott and Aaron Swanson are tied for the team scoring lead with five points apiece.
Meijer: Meijer is off to a very respectable 3-2 start with wins over Pikes Peak, Arizona and HC Dallas. The two losses were close ones to HPHL teams. Both goalies played well and forward Sam Millman had four goals in the fives games played.
New Jersey Jr. Titans: The Jr. Titans have another strong 16U team as they went 4-1 at the first event of the year and posted wins over San Diego, Madison, Washington and Esmark with the lone loss coming against Little Caesars. Forward Gavin Gulash is tied for the 16U scoring lead with 10 points.
New York Aviators: The Aviators are 0-5-0 and winless through the first five games, but have only been outscored 20-10, which included three, one-goal losses. Forward Brendan Callow had a great event, scoring five goals in the first five games of the season.
Omaha: Perennial power Omaha is off to a 4-1 start and have done it with defense and not the traditional offense, allowing just nine goals in the opening five games. Omaha had wins against Arizona, St. Louis, New York and Honeybaked with the lone loss coming against Compuware. Goalie Todd Scott allowed three goals in three games.
Philadelphia Little Flyers: The Little Flyers 16U team made their NAPHL debut with a 2-3-0 record at the opening event with wins over the Magicians American team and San Diego. Four players are tied for the scoring lead with three points including Shane Moran who has three goals.
Pikes Peak: The Miners are off to a 1-3-1 start after five games played. Their lone win came against San Diego and their shootout loss was to Washington. Forward Joshua Perez leads the team with four goals in the first five games.
Pursuit of Excellence: POE was a little slow out of the gate with a 1-4-0 start at the first event. Their lone win was against the Magicians Americans team, but had close losses against Team Illinois and California. Forward Riley Smoler had four goals in the five games.
Rocky Mountain RoughRiders: The RoughRiders are in 1st place in the 16U Division after one event with a 4-0-1 record. Their lone blemish was a shootout loss to the Chicago Young Americams, but they had wins over New York, Everett, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and St. Louis. Matthew Radzihovsky is tied for the 16U scoring lead with 10 points.
San Diego Jr. Gulls: The Jr. Gulls are off to an 1-4-0 start, but were good defensively. Their lone win was a 4-0 shutout over Everett. Forward Tyler Leibl had four points in five games played and goalie Greg Moon appeared in all five games.
St. Louis Selects: The Selects are off to a slow 1-4-0 start, but posted a shutout win over Everett. Forward Cole Cutler leads the team with four points in the first five games played and defenseman Ryan Boeck has three points.
Thunder Bay Kings: Thunder Bay is off to a 1-4 start, but the games have been very close. Their lone win was a shutout of Pikes Peak. Forwards Quintin Loon-Stewardson and Fletcher Anderson lead the team with five points in five games.
Washington Little Caps: The Little Caps had a very good NAPHL debut, going 3-1-1 in their opening five games. Their wins included victories over POE, New York and Pikes Peak with a shootout loss against the Magicians. Goalie Alec Coakley stopped 54 of 59 shots during the week.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: In their NAPHL debut, the Knights went 3-2-0 in their opening five games. Their three wins were against Everett, Philadelphia and Thunder Bay. Forward Adrian Danchenko is sure to get some scouting interest after recording eight points in the first five games of the season.