NAPHL announces Apex Learning Peak Performers for September
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) announced its Apex Learning Virtual School Peak Performers for the month of September. The players were selected based upon their performance at the first NAPHL event of the season, which took place at the 13th annual NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota from September 23-27, 2015.
18U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Mick Messner, Madison Capitols
Forward Mick Messner helped the Madison Capitols pick up right where they left off last year as they put together a perfect 5-0 record at the first NAPHL event at the NAHL Showcase. The 16-year-old native of Madison, WI, was second in scoring during the event with nine points in five games and recorded at least one point in all five wins. In four of the wins, Messner (5’11/195) had two points, which included six goals (two game-winning goals) and three assists during the five games. His game-winners came in shutout wins over Philadelphia and Washington. Messner is a University of Wisconsin commit who is in first season playing in the NAPHL.
#2 Star: Connor Chilton, California Titans
#3 Star: Ross Hanson, Pikes Peak Miners
18U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Joseph Campolieto, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
The other 5-0 team at the first NAPHL event in Blaine was the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, who had a very impressive debut. Defenseman Joseph Campolieto, 17, was rock solid in the five wins, recording seven points (all assists) in the process. The native of Eynon, PA, had two multi-point games in wins over Arizona and Philadelphia. His defensive play was also on display as the Knights allowed just seven goals in the five wins. Campolieto (6’0/180) is in his third season with the Knights organization and also has appeared in two games as an affiliate player with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights NAHL team this season.
#2 Star: Chase Mickelson, Madison Capitols
#3 Star: Joey Rosa, St. Louis Selects
18U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Jeremy Swayman, Pikes Peak Miners
In an event where many goaltenders stood out, Pikes Peak netminder Jeremy Swayman, 16, maybe had the biggest impact on the success of his team in Blaine as he helped the Miners get out to a 4-0-1 start. The native of Anchorage, AK, played in four of the five games and posted a 3-0-1 record. Swayman (6’2/185) also made a division-high 123 saves during the event and allowed just five goals in the four games and 204 minutes of action he saw. Swayman recorded wins over California, Pursuit of Excellence and St. Louis. His only blemish was a shootout loss to the undefeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, where he allowed just two goals in regulation. For the season he has a 1.25 goals against average and a 96.1% save percentage.
#2 Star: Zack LaRocque, Rocky Mountain Roughriders
#3 Star (tie): Hunter Smith, HC Dallas & Burton Rehm, Madison Capitols
16U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Gavin Gulash, New Jersey Jr. Titans
The New Jersey Jr. Titans are off to a 4-1 start and forward Gavin Gulash, 16, played a big part in the team’s success during the event. The native of Red Bank, NJ, helped his team out with 10 points in the five games and recorded at least a point in each of the games. His 10 points through the first five games is tied for the 16U lead. Gulash (6’1/185) also recorded multi-point games in four of the five outings. He posted three points and two goals in a 6-2 win over the Washington Little Capitals and had two goals in a win over San Diego. He also scored both goals in a close 4-2 loss against Little Caesars.
#2 Star: Jacob Marti, Rocky Mountain Roughriders
#3 Star: Matthew Radzihovsky, Rocky Mountain Roughriders
16U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Shane Miller, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Knights defenseman Shane Miller, 15, had an impressive NAPHL debut as he helped his team to a 3-2 record through the first event of the season in Blaine. The native of Succasunna, NJ, recorded at least a point in all five games, which included one multi-point game in a 5-2 win over Philadelphia. Miller (5’10/150) scored his lone goal of the event in a 4-2 win over Thunder Bay. In five games, Miller totaled six points, which ranks 2nd among all NAPHL 16U defensemen. This is Miller first season playing in the NAPHL.
#2 Star: Julian Kislin, New Jersey Jr. Titans
#3 Star: Ty Schafer, New Jersey Jr. Titans
16U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Francisco Clark Silva, Rocky Mountain Roughriders
Francisco Clark Silva was a busy goalie during the first event in Blaine. The 16-year-old native of Boulder, CO, had his hands full with tough games against St. Louis, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and the Chicago Young Americans. Silva (6’3/200) posted a 2-0-1 record during the event, which helped the Roughriders into 1st place in the 16U Division after one event. In the shootout loss against the Chicago Young Americans, Clark Silva made 32 saves and allowed two goals in regulation. In the 4-1 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he made 16 saves and in the 4-2 win over St. Louis, he made 20 saves. Overall at the event, he stopped 68 of 73 shots, which was good for a 93.2% save percentage and a 1.67 goals against average.
#2 Star: James Durham, Meijer AAA
#3 Star: Andrew Miller, Rocky Mountain Roughriders
The NAPHL is comprised of five regular-season events leading up to its Championship Tournament Series in which the top teams in each division compete for a league championship. The second NAPHL event of the 2015-16 season will take place from October 16-19, 2015 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, MN, which will feature all 38 NAPHL teams.
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