December NAPHL Peak Performers
AAA TIGERS RECOGNIZED
DECEMBER 27, 2018
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) announced its Apex Learning Virtual School Peak Performers for the month of December. The players were selected based upon their performance at the fourth NAPHL event of the season, which took place in Blaine, Minnesota from December 1-3. The Colorado Springs Tigers AAA program had players recognized in each of the three divisions U18, U16 and U15.
The U18 team which went 4-0 on the weekend and pushed themselves in contention in the U18 Elite Division saw two players recognized. Liam Bland (Spokane, WA) notched points in each of the four games to finish the weekend with two goals and three assists as the #3 offensive player. Doug Wakelyn (Colorado Springs, CO) was the #2 Goaltending Peak Performer while posting wins in each of his two starts stopping 50 of 54 shots (.926%). Wakelyn pushed his NAPHL record to 7-2 on the season including six straight wins in league play.
The U16 Tigers went 1-2-1 on the weekend in four tightly contested games, two going to overtime. Nicholas Junkin (Denver, CO) was recognized as the #3 Goaltending Peak Performer in the U16 division. Junkin posted a 1-1 record while stopping 65 of 69 shots (.94%) and a 2-1 shootout win vs Arizona. The U16s 6-8-2-1 team looks to move up the standings in the January event in Detroit as the final playoff positions are determined.
The U15 Tigers grabbed three spots in the December Peak Performer selections. Nick Hallee (Colorado Springs, CO) grabbed the #2 Offensive player spot with three goals and an assist on the weekend while teammate Maguire Lind (Colorado Springs, CO) took the #2 Defensive honors with two goals in a 4-3 win vs Florida. Ryan Lewis (Sioux City, IA) posted a 1-1 record and took the #3 Goaltending slot in the December event. Lewis stopped 47 of 52 (.90%) while posting a 4-3 win over Florida and a 1-2 loss to Everett.
The fifth NAPHL event of the 2018-19 season will take place from January 18-21, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.