NAPHL announces Apex Learning Peak Performers for October
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 second NAPHL event of the season, which took place at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota from October 16-19, 2015.
18U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Eric Lauk, Philadelphia Little Flyers
Philadelphia Little Flyers forward Eric Lauk had a breakout performance at the second NAPHL event of the season in Blaine, Minnesota. The 17-year-old native of Mullica Hill, NJ, led the Little Flyers to a 4-1 record while at the event as the moved themselves all the way up to a tie for 6th place with a 6-4 record overall in the 18U Division. Lauk (5’10/165) totaled 15 points in the five games while at the event, which included 10 goals and five assists. After going scoreless in an opening game loss against Esmark, Lauk then recorded four straight multi-point games. He had two goals, including the game-winner and an assist in a 3-2 win over St. Louis. He then had five goals in an 8-2 win over San Diego. He scored a goal and added two assists in a 11-0 over Lockport and to end the event, he recorded two goals and two assists in a 6-3 win over Pursuit of Excellence. In 10 games played this season, Lauk has 21 points, which ranks 2nd in the 18U Division. His 12 goals leads the division.
#2 Star: Connor Chilton, California Titans
#3 Star: Tyler Briley, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
18U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Ryan Lauk, Philadelphia Little Flyers
Like his brother and teammate Eric Lauk, Philadelphia Little Flyers defenseman Ryan Lauk, 17, had a great performance at the second NAPHL even in Blaine. The native of Mullica Hill, NJ, helped the Little Flyers to a 4-1 record with a solid effort along the blueline. Lauk (6’2/200), who played in the 2015 NAPHL 18U All-Star Game, totaled nine points while at the event, which included two goals and seven assists. After going scoreless in an opening game loss to Esmark, Lauk had two assists in a 3-2 win against St. Louis. He then picked up two more assists in an 8-2 win over San Diego, followed by a goal and an assist in a 11-0 win over Lockport. His final game of the event was his best as he scored a goal and added two assists in a 6-3 win over Pursuit of Excellence. Lauk registered nine of his 10 points to date at the event. In 30 career NAPHL games, Lauk has 18 points from the blueline.
#2 Star: Brendon Gysbers, Omaha AAA
#3 Star: Hunter Fraser, Esmark Stars
18U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Gavin Hubbard, Omaha AAA
Traditionally, Omaha’s success in the NAPHL over the course of history can be traced back to a high-powered and potent offense. However, this season the 18U team is doing it with defense, which was on display at the second NAPHL event in Blaine. A big part of that success was the goaltending, which included Omaha 18U goalie Gavin Hubbard. Omaha went 5-0 at the event and sit in a 1st place tie atop the division and Hubbard, 17, was virtually perfect in his two appearances. In his first game against the Wenatchee Wolves, the native of Annapolis, MD, allowed just a single power play goal and made 17 saves in a 4-1 win. Two days later, Hubbard (6’1/175) made 19 saves in a 1-0 shutout of the Madison Capitols, handing them their only loss to date and moving Omaha into a 1st place tie with Madison. Hubbard is 3-0 to date with a 1.33 goals against average and a 93.8% save percentage.
#2 Star: Cody Christofferson, Rocky Mountain Roughriders
#3 Star: Cam Perry, Philadelphia Little Flyers
16U Apex Peak Performer (Offense) – Jacob Goldowski, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights helped their cause with a 4-1 record while at the second NAPHL event in Blaine. Forward Jacob Goldowski, 15, was a big part of the team’s success as the native of Thornhurst, PA, totaled 11 points in the five games, which included six goals and five assists. In Goldowski’s first game, he recorded two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Selects. In the next game, Goldowski (6’5/180) had a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win over the New York Aviators. In the third game of the New Jersey Jr. Titans, he had two goals and an assist in a 5-4 win. After going scoreless in a 3-1 loss against division-leading Omaha, Goldowski then scored the game-winning goal and added two assists in a 7-0 win on the final day against the Madison Capitols. In 10 games played to date, Goldowski has 17 points, which ranks 2nd in the NAPHL 16U Division.
#2 Star: Brady Bjork, Madison Capitols
#3 Star: Daylon Mannon, California Titans
16U Apex Peak Performer (Defense) – Kendrick Frost, Omaha AAA
Omaha AAA 16U defenseman Kendrick Frost has taken the division by storm this year. The 16-year-old native of Kansas City, MO, is not only leading his team in points as a defenseman, but also leads the entire 16U Division after two events. The second event in Blaine was another good one for Frost (6’4/190) as he led Omaha to a perfect 5-0 record at the event. Frost began the event with two goals and an assist in a 7-0 win over the Everett Jr. Silvertips. In the next game, Frost exploded for six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in a 7-0 shutout of HC Dallas. In the third game of the weekend, Frost had a goal and an assist in a 6-0 shutout win over the Pikes Peak Miners. In the fourth game, Frost had a goal in a 3-1 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and in the final game he had three assists in a 6-1 win over the Rocky Mountain Roughriders. In total Frost recorded 15 of his 18 points to date at the second event of the season. In 23 career NAPHL games Frost has 23 points.
#2 Star: Jimmy Dowd, New Jersey Jr. Titans
#3 Star: Garrett Anderson, Omaha AAA
16U Apex Peak Performer (Goaltender) – Max Haselbacher, Omaha AAA
Like the 18U Omaha team, the 16U Omaha team has gotten to this point primarily because of their stingy defense, which is led by their goaltending tandem. At the second event of the season in Blaine, the team allowed just two goals in their five wins. Starting and winning three of those five games was 16-year-old goaltender Max Haselbacher. The native of Vienna, Austria, gave up just a single goal in his three starts and 153 minutes of play. That included shutouts of Everett and Pikes Peak on back-to-back days. The only goal that Haselbacher allowed during the three games was in a 6-1 win over the Rocky Mountain Roughriders. Overall, he stopped 29 of 30 shots that came his way. He enters the third event of the season tied for the 16U Division lead in wins (5), shutouts (2) and is 3rd in goals against average (1.27). Last season, he backstopped Omaha to the NAPHL 16U Championship.
#2 Star: Thomas Draper, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
#3 Star: CJ Hapward, Meijer AAA
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 third NAPHL event of the 2015-16 season will take place from November 13-16, 2015 at the Iceworks in Aston, Pennsylvania, which will feature all 40 NAPHL teams.
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