November 17, 2020
The NAPHL concluded its fifth event of the 2020-21 season in North Texas on Monday with seven games on the final day in the 18U, 16U, and 15U Divisions as the Tier 1 West Conference concluded play.
The event was a rousing success with competitive games across the board in the Tier 1 and Showcase Divisions at the four StarCenters in Farmers Branch, Frisco, McKinney, and Plano.
The Tigers U16s lead the way gaining points in each of the four games played over the weekend. The team opened with a tight 2-1 win vs Madsion before downing West Coast 6-3 in the nightcap. The lone blemish of the weekend came on day two as the Tigers fell 3-4 in OT to Ontario but bounced back on day three to deafeat Arizona 4-3. The Tigers improved to 6-5-1 in NAPHL play with 18 points.
The U18s continue to battle in a very tight West Division race with the top three teams trading wins over the weekend. The Tigers opened the weekend with a sound 8-0 win over West Coast before dropping game two 2-3 on a late goal by the Dallas Stars Elite. Day two saw the Tigers again fall 4-5 in a exciting back and forth game against the Northwest Stars. The Tigers wrapped up the final day with a 1-0 win over Arizona and three valuable points. With the win the Tigers sit atop the west division with 20 points leading in to the next event to be held in Blaine, MN December 19-21.
18U Division: There were three 18U Tier 1 games on Monday. In the opener, the guest Dallas Stars Elite got an overtime goal from Ben Tobey as they took down the Northwest Stars, 3-2. Stars goalie Carson Van Winkle played well in the loss, making 37 saves. The Colorado Springs Tigers took home a 1-0 win over the Arizona Bobcats as Camden Pendleton made 18 saves in the shutout and Marc Fletemeyer scored the lone goal of the game. Caleb Wall made 25 saves in the loss for the Bobcats. In the final game of the event, the West Coast Renegades got goals from five different players in a 5-2 win over the Ontario Jr. Reign. Renegades goalie Gabriel Poyer made 26 saves in the win.
16U Division: in the 16U opener on the final day, West Coast Renegades forwards Yovanni Flores and Luke Anthony each scored twice in a 5-4 win over the Ontario Jr. Reign. Brady Porter also had a goal and an assist for the Renegades. Gavin Mears had a goal and two assists in the losing effort for Ontario. In the second game, behind two goals from Weston Villers, the Colorado Springs Tigers edged the Arizona Bobcats, 4-3. Tigers goalie Kaeden Edstrom made 32 saves in the win. Bobcats goalie Connor Dumensnil made 34 saves in the loss. In the finale, the Northwest Stars got a 16-save shutout from Jo Ashton Poage in a 4-0 win over the Madison Capitols. Ethan Beane, Bryce Johnson, Kaden Shahan, and Keagan Miciak all scored for the Stars. Braydon Garnhart made 44 saves in the loss for Madison.