PHL wraps up second event of the season in San Jose
The PHL’s second event of the season at the West Showcase in San Jose, California, wrapped up on Monday at Sharks Ice. The 16U Division took center stage, as all teams played in their fourth and final game of the weekend as the jockeying for position in the standings continued.
“The PHL event in San Jose featured some very competitive and balanced games,” said PHL Director Denny Scanlon. "Our teams enjoy coming to San Jose each year because of the fantastic venue and staff at Sharks Ice.”
Here is a look, team-by-team, at how the eight teams in attendance fared:
Anaheim Jr. Ducks: The Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U team made a big statement while in San Jose and were the only 16U team to go undefeated with a perfect 4-0-0 record during the event. The Ducks finished out the event with a final day win over the Phoenix Firebirds, 6-3. The four wins moved the Jr. Ducks record to 7-0-1 this season, as the sit atop the White Division. Goalie Tyler Caronia allowed just a goal in the two games he appeared in and forward Elijiah Barriga had seven points in four games.
California Titans: The Titans, who entered the event undefeated, went 2-1-1 in San Jose. On the final day, the Titans fell to the resurgent Wenatchee Wild, 3-2. Franklin Newman and Evan Somoza scored for California in the loss. The Titans defeated Pikes Peak and Phoenix at the event, but lost to San Jose in a shootout. Ethan Somoza still leads the team in points with 18.
Phoenix Firebirds: Although the Firebirds remain winless on the season, which included four losses in San Jose, the improvement for the young squad by the final game of the event was evident. In their final game, the Firebirds lost the Anaheim Jr. Ducks, 6-3. However, the Firebirds led in the game 2-1 and had it tied 3-3 heading into the final period. Kason Braley had a goal and assist to lead Phoenix.
Pikes Peak Miners: The Miners helped their cause by posting a 3-1-0 record in San Jose and have improved to 4-2-2 overall. In their final game on Monday, the Miners came from behind twice to take a lead against Pursuit of Excellence, only to have the game go to a shootout, where the Miners ended up winning. Austin Wheatly had two goals in the win and goaltender Evan Smith won all three games he started in San Jose.
Pursuit of Excellence: The POE 16U team posted a 1-2-1 record in San Jose and are now 2-5-1 overall. On the final day, POE got multi-point games from Ravinder Shokar and Konner Madsen and Brendan Barry made 45 saves in the shootout loss to Pikes Peak. Keegan Lacroix remains the team point leader with four. Barry stopped a combined 71 of 75 shots at the San Jose event, which included a shuout.
San Jose Jr. Sharks: The Jr. Sharks came into their hometown event with a 3-0-1 record, but they ended up 2-2-0 in San Jose and their record now sits a 5-2-1 overall. On the final day, the Sharks defeated the Texas Tornado, 5-3. Carson Kelley scored twice in the win and Connor Downing had a goal and assist. Austin Elchinoff leads the team in points with 12 and Tyson McLellan is right behind him with 11 points. Geoff Grimm stopped a combined 61 of 64 shots over the weekend.
Texas Tornado: The Tornado entered the San Jose event with a 3-1-0 record, but while at the West Showcase managed a 1-3-0 record to currently sit at 4-4-0. On the final day of competition, the Tornado lost 5-3 to the San Jose Jr. Sharks. Texas got off to a great start, taking a 2-0 lead on goals from Ben Allen and Mark Sanchez before losing the lead. Logan Berlof leads the team in points with 10, which included six points during the San Jose event.
Wenatchee Wild: The Wild had themselves a very good West Showcase, posting a 3-1-0 record. It improved them to 4-2-2 on the season. On Monday, the Wild edged a very good California team, 3-2. Austin Piquette made 30 saves in the win. Chris Koukis leads the team in points with eight, four of which were scored during the San Jose event.