Teams battle on Day 2 for spots in Championship Games
The new NAPHL Spring event of the 2020-21 season, which takes place from March 26-28 at the St. Peters Rec Plex in St. Louis, Missouri, continued with its second day of competition as teams from the 18U, 16U, and 14U levels took to the ice.
The new invitational event in St. Louis is an extension of the 2020-21 NAPHL season that is designed to assist and provide open competition for all Tier II youth teams that are preparing and getting ready for state, district, and national tournaments.
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Day 2 Recaps
18U Division: The 18U sides took the ice for four more games on Saturday.
Omaha continued its strong start to the weekend with a 3-0 shutout of Delta, thanks to Nolan Eikerman’s 22-save goose-egg. Affton and Chicago got into a slugfest in their matchup, a 5-4 affair that the Americans took on the strength of a Jacob Horall hat-trick and Jacob Heuerman’s late game-winner.
Later on, Shattuck St. Mary’s remained perfect on the weekend with a 7-2 romp past Chicago as Max Morehead posted a hat-trick. And closing out the day, Affton made it two wins on the day with a narrow 1-0 win over Omaha, with Trent VanGels scoring the goal and Andrew Atkinson stopping all 26 shots that came his way. Affton will play Shattuck-St. Mary's on Sunday with the Championship on the line.
16U Division: The 16U division saw plenty of action on Saturday, with an eight-game slate on the schedule.
Affton started the day by riding a two-goal effort from Anthony Conti to a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ice Dogs, before Dylan Williams’ hat-trick paced Nashville’s 5-2 win over Vegas, New Mexico rode a balanced effort to top Atlanta 6-1 and the Anaheim Jr. Ducks’ Andrew Browe found twine late in the third to lift his team past Southern Revs 3-2.
In the afternoon games, the Flyers picked up a second win on the day with a 5-4 decision against the Anaheim Ice Dogs, while Affton did the same with a rampant 8-0 shutout of Vegas. The Southern Revs rebounded well from their earlier loss, topping New Mexico 6-3 as Brooks Franklin struck twice, and Atlanta capped things off with a 2-1 win over Anaheim Jr. Ducks, with Hayden Spencer picking up the GWG. The Madhatters will meet the Affton Americans in the title game on Sunday.
14U Division: Just three games highlighted Saturday’s 14U action.
Chicago got things started with a 3-1 win over Atlanta — a game which saw every goal come in the third period as Danny Carroll netted the deciding tally. Nashville moved to 3-0-0 this weekend with a decisive 6-2 win over New Mexico, buoyed by a Jacob Schenk hat-trick. Finally, St. Louis also stayed perfect with a 9-0 shutout victory over Des Moines — Alexander Rivolta turned aside 16 of 16 shots to blank the Buccaneers. The Semi-Finals begin early on the Sunday with the title game slated for 1pm.