18U Division finishes competition on Day 3 of Romeoville event
Day 3 of the NAPHL East Showcase in Romeoville, IL, provided another exciting and tense day of drama as the teams from the 18U Division all played their fourth and final games of the event, and the 16U teams got into the heart of their event schedules.
The final day of the event will take place on Monday. If fans can’t make it to the games, they can be viewed live on FASTHockey, the official broadcast partner of the NAPHL.
Action photos of the event in Romeoville are available online through Gametime Sports Photos.
Here is a look at how each team fared on Day 3:
Atlanta Fire: Atlanta picked up their first win of the event as they finished 1-3-0 in Romeoville with a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Jr. Titans. Alex Sauer had a goal and an assist and Michael Kel and Brysen O’Neil also scored. Goalie Jacob Stack made 19 saves in the win.
California Titans: The Titans picked up their first win of the Romeoville event as they finished with a 1-2-1 record. On Sunday, California shutout Detroit, 2-0 as goaltender Brandon Brown made 24 saves. Tucker May and Tristen Henrichs had the goals for the Titans.
Detroit Falcons: The Falcons finished the Romeoville event with a 1-3-0 record. On Sunday, they were shutout by the California Titans, 2-0. Goaltender Tucker Gilliland made 29 saves in the loss. Forward Matt Dempsey had three points during the event.
Indiana Jr. Ice: In one of the best games of the Showcase, the Indiana Jr. Ice defeated the Lansing Capitals 2-1 on Sunday a 14 round, 27-man shootout. Indiana finished the event, 3-1-0. Evan Okeley scored the lone goal in regulation and Eric Gentry had the shotout winner. Chase Munroe made 35 saves and stopped 13 of 14 shooters in the shootout.
Lansing Capitals: After winning their first two games, the Capitals dropped their final two in shootouts to finish 2-0-2 in Romeoville. Ian Wiljanen scored the lone goal in regulation in the shootout loss to Indiana on Sunday. Goalie Bryce Goulah made 35 saves and stopped 12 of 14 shooters in the shootout.
New Jersey Jr. Titans: The Titans fell 3-1 on the final day to Atlanta as their record in Romeoville fell to 0-3-1. Ryan Price scored the lone goal for the Titans in the 3-1 loss to the Fire. Joseph Licata made 26 saves in the loss.
Omaha AAA: Omaha completed a big climb up the standings as they defeated St. Louis 3-2 in a shootout on Sunday to finish the event in Romeoville with a perfect 4-0-0 record. Alex Arnold and Braiden Miller had the goals in regulation and goaltender Garrett Metcalf was perfect in the shootout.
Pittsburgh Viper Stars: The other 18U team to finish Romeoville with a perfect 4-0-0 record was Pittsburgh, which included their 3-0 shutout win over West Michigan on the final day. Cole Hepler scored twice and Sam Schiffer had the other goal. Cameron Langham stopped all 28 shots that came his way.
St. Louis Selects: The Selects dropped their second shootout of the East Showcase as they were edged by Omaha, 3-2. St. Louis finished the Romeoville event with a 2-0-2 record. Corbin Foppe and Tyler Gilleland had the goals in regulation and goaltender Bradley Amato made 33 saves.
West Michigan Hounds: The Hounds put up a very respectable 2-1-1 record in Romeoville. Their only loss in regulation came on the final day as they were shutout by Pittsburgh, 3-0. Goaltender Nick Light made 23 saves in the loss.
Atlanta Fire: After playing two games on Saturday, the Fire had just one game on Sunday against undefeated Pittsburgh. Atlanta jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but fell, 5-3. Jared McCracken had two goals in the loss and now leads the team in points with four.
Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks: The Jacks, who lost their opening two games on Saturday both by a goal, played well on Sunday, but fell to undefeated Omaha, 3-0. Anthony Yamnitsky made 24 saves in the loss. Jason Fritsche still leads the team with nine points.
Detroit Falcons: Remarkably, all three Falcons games in Romeoville have been decided in a shootout, including both on Sunday. In the morning game, Detroit was edged by New Jersey 2-1 in a shootout. Justin Schebel scored the lone goal in regulation and Corbin Kaczperski made 31 saves. In the nightcap, Detroit bested St. Louis 4-3 in a shootout. Tyler Underwood had two goals to lead the Falcons.
Indiana Jr. Ice: It was tough sledding for the Jr. Ice on Sunday as they dropped both their games. In the morning, the Ice were blanked by St. Louis, 4-0. Goalie Adam Conkling made 31 saves. In the night game, Indiana was edged 4-3 in a shootout by New Jersey. Ryan MacKellar, Shawn Moulis and Brady Kiplinger scored and goalie Darin Fox made 41 saves.
Lansing Capitals: The Capitals won their lone game on Sunday to improve to 2-1-0 at the Showcase in Romeoville as they beat West Michigan, 4-2. Ronald Hein, Alexander Desautel, Kieran Durgan and Nathan Rieman all scored for the Caps in the win.
New Jersey Jr. Titans: The Titans had a big Sunday in Romeoville, as they picked up two shootout wins to improve their event record to 2-0-1. In the morning, it was a 2-1 win over Detroit. JT Tarantino had the lone goal in regulation and goalie Michael Cosentino made 19 saves. In the night game, New Jersey trailed Indiana 3-0, but two goals from Christopher Wuestneck and another from Anthony Cusanelli sent the game to a shootout, where they won again.
Omaha AAA: Omaha stayed perfect on the season and at the Romeoville Showcase with two wins on Sunday by a combined score of 11-0. In the morning, Omaha beat West Michigan 8-0 as Ethan Frank had a hat-trick and an assist. In the night game, Daniel Mumaugh made 21 saves and Ethan Price had a goal and an assist as Omaha beat Cleveland, 3-0.
Pittsburgh Viper Stars: The Viper Stars remained one of only two remaining undefeated teams left in the 16U Division with a 5-3 win over Atlanta on Sunday in their lone game. After Cart Ekberg opening the scoring, Pittsburgh trailed at one point 3-1. However, two goals from Anthony Franks and others from Jonathan Dagnal and Adam Alavi secured the win.
St. Louis Selects: The Selects split their two games on Sunday to move their Romeoville record to 2-0-1. In the morning game, goalie Zach Young made 25 saves in a 4-0 shutout win over Indiana. Shane Quinn, Jacob Brown, Trevor Johnson and Ryan Derousse scored. In the night game, the Selects lost a late lead and fell in a shootout to Detroit, 4-3. Robert Klein, Austin Rueschhoff and Derousse scored for St. Louis in regulation.
West Michigan Hounds: The Hounds lost twice on Sunday, falling to Omaha 8-0 and Lansing 4-2. Peter Hansknecht made 29 saves in the morning loss to Omaha. In the night game, goals from Dakota Wilson and Whallon Chase weren’t enough in a 4-2 loss to Lansing. Chandler Reinking made 26 saves in the Hounds loss.