West, Frontier and Central win on Day 1 of NA3HL Top Prospects
February 23, 2015
It was an exciting first day of competition at the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Combined with the NAHL Top Prospects and the NAPHL Top Prospects, almost 200 NHL and college scouts checked in on Day 1, with close to half of that checking in before the NAHL portion even took to the ice.
West 7 vs. South 1 - West had a four-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 7-1 win over South. West was led by goalie Jesse Garcia, who finished with 32 saves while allowing one goal. West was also led by Jared Erickson, who finished with one goal. Erickson scored 17:13 into the first period to make the score 2-1 West. West also got points from Bo Gronseth, who also grabbed two goals and one assist to lead the team in points, Tom Schmidt, who also had one goal and one assist, and Dylan Zins, who also registered one goal and one assist. West also got a goal from Tanner Skaja as well. More assists for West came via Joe Kleven, Sean Viti, Trent Olsen, Lance Carney, Michael Orke, and Sam Naegele, who each chipped in one. South was led by Justin Dunn, who scored the team's only goal. Dunn scored 5:10 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Ryan Dunner picked up the assist. Justin Ball rejected 23 shots on goal for South.
Frontier 3 vs. NAHL 18U Selects 2 (SO) - Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as Frontier defeated NA3HL 18U Selects in a shootout 3-2. The shootout featured 10 attempts between both teams. NA3HL 18U Selects' shootout goal was scored by Devin Panzeca. In addition to the clincher, Frontier got a shootout goal from Lucas Lomax. Frontier came back from a one-goal deficit to capture the victory. Frontier was down 2-1 after a goal by NA3HL 18U Selects' Andy McGlynn at 6:32 in the third period. Frontier knotted things up at 2-2 on a goal by Brandt Miller at 15:23 in the third period. Frontier forced NA3HL 18U Selects goalie Denijs Romanovskis to work between the pipes, taking 33 shots. Frontier was helped by Kendall Bolen-Porter, who finished with one goal. Bolen-Porter scored 8:34 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Lucas Stover picked up the assist. In addition, Frontier received assists from Bryce Mitzel and Matt Gamblin, who contributed one each. NA3HL 18U Selects was helped by Max Doner, who registered one goal. Doner scored 19:12 into the first period to make the score 1-0 NA3HL 18U Selects. Dominic Costello provided the assist. Other players who recorded assists for NA3HL 18U Selects were Adam Havener and Matt Goodman, who each chipped in one. Frontier's Alex Feese stopped 29 shots out of the 31 that he faced.
Central 5 vs. East 2 - Central relied on the scoring touch of Tyler Seltenriech, who netted two goals, to beat East, 5-2. Seltenriech's tallies came at 15:39 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Central and 9:16 into the second to make the score 2-1 Central. Central additionally got points from Peter Henderson, who also racked up one goal and one assist and Nathan Scofield, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Central also got a goal from Nikita Ermilov as well. Other players who recorded assists for Central were Yves Leemann, Andrew Bond, and Dakota Ulmer, who contributed one each and Ryan Martin and Scott Coash Jr., who each chipped in two. East was helped by Hunter Schneider, who registered one goal. Schneider scored 18:19 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Brenden Williams assisted on the tally. Tyler Dalton also scored for East. More assists for East came via David Chavis, who had one. Hunter Vorva took the win and made five saves before being replaced by Cameron Schueren who made 20 saves. Alec Rounds made 22 saves for East on 27 shots.