Close games highlight Day 1 of Top Prospects
Day 1 of the 2021 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament did not disappoint thanks to a pair of close games in front of dozens of college scouts.
Day 1 of the event on Sunday was the nightcap to the Fraser Cup Semi-Final action earlier in the day.
The event continues and concludes on Monday with two more games at 10am and 12:30pm.
Day 1 recaps
Team Krampade 5 vs. Team Bauer 3 - Four unanswered goals in 30 minutes helped Team Krampade oust Team Bauer 5-3 to open the 2021 Top Prospects Tournament in St. Peters, MO on Sunday.
Brett Bell (New Jersey Titans) got the scoring started for Team Bauer midway through the first, before Cooper Anderson (El Paso Rhinos) returned the favor for Team Krampade just over a minute later.
Team Krampade came alive in the second period, with Zach Maillette (New Ulm Steel), Nikolai Rajala (Alexandria Blizzard) and Josh Hrip (Louisiana Drillers) each lighting the lamp to give their team a hefty 4-1 advantage through 40 minutes.
Cole Schneider (El Paso Rhinos) would not let Team Bauer go quietly, however, as he scored a pair of goals just 12 seconds apart to make it a one-goal game early in the third, but Tony Andrews (St. Louis Jr. Blues) salted the game away with an insurance marker for Team Krampade as the clock ticked down to 10 seconds.
Between the pipes, Owen Carlson (St. Louis Jr. Blues) stopped 13 of 14 and Andrew Doran (Peoria Mustangs) turned aside 22 of 24 in Team Krampade’s victory, while Trever Mellen (Great Falls Americans) stopped 9 of 12 and Anthony Adleman (Helena Bighorns) picked up 14 saves on 16 shots for Team Bauer.
Team K1 5 vs. Team Apex 4 (OT) - A thrilling battle between Team K1 and Team Apex required more than three periods to settle on a winner, as K1 prevailed on the strength of Cody Dias’ (Granite City Lumberjacks) strike in the extra frame for a 5-4 win.
Jonah Jangula (Willmar Warhawks) and Colin Kerchoff (El Paso Rhinos) helped K1 to a hot 2-0 start, but Nikita Kovalev (Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks) cut the deficit in half for Apex before the end of the frame.
The second period saw plenty of offense, as K1’s Tim Marsico (Texas RoadRunners) and Apex’s Ethan Chesney (Peoria Mustangs) traded goals in the first five minutes, followed by Kovalev’s second of the game at 5:42 to knot the affair. Jake Minch (Wausau RiverWolves) gave Apex a short-lived lead at 9:24, before Jangula potted his second of the night to deadlock the game once more.
After a goal-less third, Dias found twine on a 2-on-1 rush in overtime to seal K1’s victory.
Cole Garver (Oregon Tradesmen) was perfect in net for K1 with an 18-save shutout through his half of the game, while Bailey Huber (Granite City Lumberjacks) turned aside 15 of 19 pucks in the victory. In the other crease, Will Pinney (Willmar Warhawks) posted 19 saves on 22 shots for Apex, with partner Nathan Hadley (Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks) stopping 12 of 14 that came his way.