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NA3HL Top Prospects comes to a close on Wednesday

February 18, 2016
The 2016 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament came to a close on Wednesday at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.
Each team played in their third and final game of the event and when all was said and done, three teams went through the event with undefeated 3-0 records as the NA3HL 18U Selects Red team, the Frontier Division and the East Division all won all three of their games.
Philip Pugliese (Atlanta) and Mathias Tellstrom (Metro) shared the scoring lead from the event, with each player recording seven points. Goalie Tyler Myers (Texas) was tops for all goalies in goals against average and save percentage.
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Wednesday recaps
Frontier 4 vs. 18U Selects Black 3 - NA3HL 18U Selects Black tried its best to erase a three-goal deficit, but Frontier would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 4-3. Frontier made the score 4-1 on a goal by Cade Boreing at 8:08 in the third period, and NA3HL 18U Selects Black got as close as 4-3 when Curtis Carlson scored 19:43 into the third period. Chris Nicolai had a great game for Frontier, netting two goals. Nicolai's tallies came at 3:41 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Frontier and 18:19 into the first to make the score 2-1 Frontier. Frontier forced NA3HL 18U Selects Black's netminders to work in net, racking up 44 shots and forcing 40 saves. Christian Sanzottera made 17 stops and Max McConnell made 23.  Frontier also got a goal from Tristan Henrichs as well. In addition, Frontier received assists from Matt Runyon, Max Doner, Josh Larson, and Tony Dahlberg, who each chipped in one. NA3HL 18U Selects Black forced Frontier goalie Stephen Frank to work between the pipes, taking 44 shots. NA3HL 18U Selects Black was helped by Ricards Bernhards, who registered one goal. Bernhards scored 7:48 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Tristin Snyder assisted on the tally. Marshall Barnes also scored for NA3HL 18U Selects Black. More assists for NA3HL 18U Selects Black came via Sean Mallonee, Vadym Nesteruk, Tanner Congdon, Shane Bernhardson, and Tommy Stang, who contributed one each. Boxscore
18U Selects Red 8 vs. South 2 - Arturas Laukaitis netted a hat trick to lead NA3HL 18U Selects Red over South, 8-2. Laukaitis' first goal came 6:13 into the second period. He then added goals at 11:09 into the second and at 14:11 into the third. NA3HL 18U Selects Red forced South's goalies to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, launching 44 shots and forcing 36 saves. Sean Angle made 17 stops and Brandon Perrone made 19. NA3HL 18U Selects Red also got points from Philip Pugliese, who also registered one goal and two assists. NA3HL 18U Selects Red also had goals scored by Logan Nelson, who had two and Zac McKenna and Luc Kreuser, who scored one goal each. In addition, NA3HL 18U Selects Red received assists from Jake Cox, who had two and Tomas Loeffelman, Logan Orem, and Andrej Buchko, who each chipped in one. South was led by Alex Johanson, who racked up one goal. Johanson scored 5:42 into the first period to make the score 1-0 South. Kayne Fedor picked up the assist. South also got a goal from Kyle Rimbach as well. Other players who recorded assists for South were Andrew Cooley and Jacob Elrod, who contributed one each. Zach Young took the win and made 16 saves before being replaced by Tyler Myers who made seven saves. Boxscore
Midwest 5 vs. Central 2 - Midwest had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 5-2 win over Central. Trent Kulczyk had two goals and one assist to lead Midwest. Kulczyk scored the first of his two goals at 15:10 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Kyle Van Wyk picked up the assist. Kulczyk's next tally made the score 4-1 Midwest with 9:55 left in the second period. Brandon Bornkamp assisted on the tally. Midwest forced Central's goalies to work between the pipes, taking 42 shots and forcing 37 saves. Tommi Ahlgren made 17 stops and Andrew Wagner made 20.  Midwest additionally got points from Thomas Kolaz, who also had one goal and one assist. Midwest also got a goal from Brenden Williams as well. In addition, Midwest received assists from Nicholas Redmon, Marc Anderson, and Frankie Cardinale, who each chipped in one. Central forced Midwest's goaltenders to work without much rest, getting 54 shots and forcing 52 saves. David Johnson made 27 stops and Ross Lipic made 25. Central was helped by Thomas Hanson, who racked up one goal. Hanson scored 12:48 into the second period to make the score 4-2 Midwest. Adam Orn provided the assist. Collin Schieman also scored for Central. Other players who recorded assists for Central were Trey McMillen, Taylor Trapp, and Timothy Hoffenkamp, who contributed one each. Boxscore
East 5 vs. West 4 - East climbed out of a three-goal hole to beat West, 5-4. East let multiple leads slip away before eventually digging out of a three hole to pick up the win. East took a 4-3 advantage on a goal by Michael Tratar at 8:13 in the second period. East found itself down 3-0 after West's Jared Erickson put the puck home at 8:08 in the first period. After tying things up at 4-4 on a goal by Tre Opack at 15:52 in the second, East got the game-winner from Adam Schaffer at 18:40 in the second period. Schaffer had a great game for East, netting two goals. East forced West goalie Wes Paupore to work between the pipes, taking 43 shots. East additionally got points from Dakota Ulmer, who also tallied one goal and one assist. More assists for East came via Tyler Zalecki, who had one and Mathias Tellstrom, who had three. West was helped by Logan Norman, who finished with one goal. Norman scored 7:01 into the first period to make the score 2-0 West. Austin Langworthy picked up the assist. West also got a goal from Joe Costello as well. In addition, West received assists from Aaron Ryback, who had two and Luke Erickson and Jacob Drinkard, who each chipped in one. Kameron Limburg made 31 saves for East on 35 shots. West's Paupore stopped 38 shots out of the 43 that he faced. Boxscore
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