2016 NAPHL Championship Games are set
February 14, 2016
It was an exciting Sunday at the 2016 NAPHL Dixon Cup Championship in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The morning was capped off with games that determined the four semi-final teams in each of the 18U and 16U Divisions. In most cases, the final seeds were not known until the fourth and final games were completed, which was a testament to the balance and the excitement of the competition.
Just two games remain in the 2015-16 NAPHL season, which will see the 18U and 16U Championship games played at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan on Monday morning. The 18U game will take place at 9am (est) and the 16U Championship will take place at 11am (est).
Both Championship Games can be viewed live on FASTHockey
In the 18U Division, the Championship match-up will be between the Madison Capitols and Meijer AAA.
In the 1st 18U Semi-Final, Madison upset #1-ranked Omaha, 2-0. Daniel Lebedeff recorded a shutout making 34 saves and was the clear difference in the game. Madison was paced by Konur Peterson, who had one goal. Peterson scored 11:33 into the third period to make the score 1-0 Madison Capitols 18U. Kenny Fiala picked up the assist. Madison also got a goal from Verners Egle as well. In addition, Madison received assists from Kasey Fitzjerrells, Kevin Ford, and Anthony Callin, who each chipped in one. Cole Weaver recorded 28 saves for Omaha.
In the 2nd Semi-Final, goalie Colt Hanks had a standout game with 26 saves, and Meijer AAA beat the Rocky Mountain Roughriders, 2-1. Meijer was led by Caleb Hite, who racked up one goal. Hite scored 15:32 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Meijer. Tyrone Bronte assisted on the tally. Collin Rewerts also scored for Meijer. Rocky Mountain was led by Brandon Wilky, who scored the team's only goal. Wilky scored 2:28 into the third period to make the score 2-1. James Crossman picked up the assist. Cody Christofferson made 31 saves in the loss.
In the 16U Division, the Championship match-up will be #1-ranked and defending 16U champion Omaha against the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders.
In the 1st Semi-Final, the glass slipper fell off of HC Dallas, who made the final four as a #9 seed. Omaha had a four-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 5-0 win. Logan Will was all over the ice for Omaha, as he tallied two goals in the win. Omaha kept HC Dallas’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Bryce Murphy made 28 saves on 33 shots. Omaha also got points from Jackson Decker, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Omaha included Kendrick Frost and Gabe Wahl, who scored one goal each. In addition, Omaha received assists from Kyle Kawamura, who had two, Garrett Anderson, who had three, and Fletcher Fineman, Chaz Rometty, and Luke Suter, who contributed one each. Omaha’s Maximilian Haselbacher stopped 18 shots out of the 18 that he faced.
In the other Semi-Final, the New Jersey Jr. Titans tried its best to erase a three-goal deficit, but the Rocky Mountain Roughriders would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 3-2. Rocky Mountain made the score 3-0 on a goal by Hunter Peratt at 9:49 in the third period, and New Jersey got as close as 3-2 when Bryce Grant scored 13:54 into the third period. Rocky Mountain was helped by Nikita Krivokrasov, who had one goal and one assist. Krivokrasov scored 12:27 into the second period to make the score 2-0. Kevin Ness assisted on the tally. Rocky Mountain also got points from Matthew Radzihovsky, who also finished with one goal and one assist. New Jersey was helped by Julian Kislin, who tallied one goal. Kislin scored 12:22 into the third period to make the score 3-1. Michael Mania picked up the assist. Other players who recorded assists for New Jersey were Ty Schafer and Gavin Gulash, who contributed one each. Andrew Miller rejected 17 shots on goal for Rocky Mountain.