The Colorado Springs Tigers U18s went 4-0 this past weekend in NAPHL action at the November Dallas Showcase. The Tigers used a combination of late game heroics, shutouts and overall picture perfect plays to propel the team to four wins in three days.
Colorado Springs fended off a late comeback by Wenatchee for a 4-2 win in its opener that saw four different goal scorers(Mastay, Alldredge, Bland, Gibboney) a 4 assist performance by Tylor Greene and a 37 save display by Doug Wakelyn. In the night cap the Tigers skated to a 1-0 win on a 20 save shutout by Adam Bublitz and a nice pp goal by Lev Bure from CJ Smith and Taber Gustchick to edge Nashville.
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On a day chock-full of action, the 18U contest between Everett and Colorado Springs stood out as the Tigers erased a three-goal deficit late in the game before eventually winning in a shootout. Nico DeVita (2), Jake McNeil and Garrett Wood lifted the Silvertips to a 4-1 lead midway through the final frame, but Brice French, Cole Simpson and Eric Gibboney had other ideas as they rattled off three goals in a three minute forty one second stretch(in addition to Hunter Pappas’ first-period marker) to force extra time in a remarkable comeback. After a scoreless OT Liam Bland made short work of the shootout to finish the comeback and a 5-4 win for the Tigers.
Day three had the Colorado Springs club looking to finish the weekend strong. Another game that flashed early goals from four different players(Garcher, Alldredge, Bertolini, Pappas) and a very determined team fighting through adversity with multiple key penalty kills to complete the weekend with a 4-1 win over the Arizona Bobcats.
When asked about the last couple events where the team has seen some success assistant captain Zack Langus credits "the guys all buying in and each and every game having a desire to win battles. Coming in positive and confident in what we can accomplish as a team". Ty Greene sees a difference in "practicing and competing the way we need to play the game" while Adam Alldredge credits "sticking to the system." Based on the last couple trips and great team play all of the above seems to be working at the moment.
The Tigers are in action this Friday vs FVS 6:45pm at Honnen.