NAPHL event in Romeoville concludes with 16U games
The NAPHL East Showcase came to a close on Monday in Romeoville, Illinois, with the 10 NAPHL 16U teams each playing in their fourth and final games. The competition was close as teams tried one last time to improve their record before heading to Blaine, Minnesota, from November 30-December 3 for the next league-wide event.
All games played during the NAPHL Romeoville event are now available through FASTHockey on DVD.
High quality action photos were also taken during all four days of the event. To view the photos and order online please visit, Gametime Sports Photos.
Here is a look at how each 16U team did on the final day of the event:
Atlanta Fire: The Fire were edged by the New Jersey Jr. Titans on Monday by a score of 2-1. Atlanta finished the event with a 1-2-1 record. Chase Pearson scored the lone goal for Atlanta in the game and goaltender Connor Stewart made 28 saves.
Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks: The Lumberjacks picked up their first win of the event in Romeoville on the final day, as they beat Detroit 5-2 to finish the event with a 1-3-0 record. Jason Fritsche had two goals and an assist and Michael Zenone also scored twice in the win.
Detroit Falcons: The Falcons lost to Cleveland, 5-2 on the final day to finish the Romeoville event with a 1-1-2 record. Alexander Yunanov and Tyler Underwood had the goals for the Falcons in the loss. Jorgen Johnson made 20 saves in the loss.
Indiana Jr. Ice: It was tough sledding for the Ice in Romeoville, as on the final day, they fell 4-1 to the Lansing Capitals to finish the event with a 0-3-1 record. Brock James had the lone goal in the loss and Christian French picked up an assist. Brandon Bornkamp led the way during the event with five points.
Lansing Capitals: The Capitals completed a successful event in Romeoville with a 4-1 win over Indiana to finish the event with a 3-1-0 record. Lansing got goals from Wyatt Beard, Ronald Hein, Austin Robbins and Alexander Rowe. Andrew Wagner made 19 saves in the victory.
New Jersey Jr. Titans: The Titans, who barely made it to Romeoville because of the recent storms in their area, were one of the big winners of the event in Romeoville as their 2-1 win over Atlanta on the final day gave them a record of 3-0-1 at the event. Timohty Gelatt had a goal and assist in the win and Michael Cernero made 20 saves.
Omaha AAA: Despite missing some of their top players because of injury, Omaha completed a perfect Romeoville Showcase with a 4-0 shutout win over St. Louis on Monday. Omaha outshot St. Louis 62-14 and got goals from Camden Van Brocklin, Cade Warner, Jackson Bond and Lawton Courtnall. Nathan Churchill made 14 saves to post his third straight shutout.
Pittsburgh Viper Stars: Joining Omaha as the only unbeaten teams remaining in the NAPHL is Pittsburgh, who completed their perfect Romeoville event with a 5-3 win over West Michigan. Jonathan Dagnal scored twice and Mario Damasceno, Adam Alavi and Austin Tonkovich all scored in the Viper Stars win.
St. Louis Selects: The Selects finished Romeoville with a 2-1-1 record after their 4-0 loss to Omaha on Monday. Goaltender Zach Young, who shutout Indiana on Sunday, made 58 saves in the loss. Forward Ryan Derousse led the way offensively during the event as he recorded four points in four games.
West Michigan Hounds: The Hounds dropped a 5-3 decision to Pittsburgh on the final day and finished Romeoville with a 1-3-0 record. The Hounds got goals from Anthony Longo, Wyatt Gottschalk and Dakota Wilson.
The next NAPHL event will be a league-wide event held at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota, from November 30-December 3. Each NAPHL team will play five games.