Thrilling action highlights Day 1 of NA3HL Showcase
The NA3HL Showcase faced off on Sunday, December 18th at the Super Rink in Blaine, MN. Besides the dozens of NAHL, NCAA, and ACHA scouts that checked in and enjoyed some hockey during the first day of the event, the storyline of Day 1 was several close games, several outstanding offensive performances, and a great day for the Central Division.
10 of the 17 games were decided by a goal or less and while there were three shutouts, there were almost six goals per game scored on average. The Central Division led the way on Day 1 followed by the West.
Divisional Records on Day 1
The NA3HL Showcase runs from December 18-20, 2022, at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.
This season marks the 12th year the NA3HL will hold a league-wide Showcase, which features some of the best junior talent in the United States. The event will be played in cooperation with the seventh NAPHL event of the season, which will take place from December 16-19, 2022, at the Super Rink and feature teams from the NAPHL’s SHOW League.
All NA3HL teams will play three regular-season games at the Showcase, which is annually one of the most well-attended and scouted events of the entire season for the league, attracting college and junior scouts alike. The NA3HL Showcase brings every NA3HL team under one roof, which allows scouts to see all the great talent the league has to offer.
The NA3HL Showcase was built to pair up evenly matched teams against one another based on the current standings and is also designed to have cross-divisional games with balanced competition. Not only does the showcase see a large presence of NCAA and ACHA scouts, but all the NAHL teams in attendance, furthering the chances for players to earn a call up to the NAHL.
For more details on the 2022 NA3HL Showcase, including hotel, rental car, scouting, venue, and schedule information, visit: na3hl.com/showcase. All the games at the NA3HL Showcase will be broadcast live on HockeyTV.
There will be no admission fee for the 2022 NA3HL Showcase. Scouts will also receive complimentary admission to the NA3HL Showcase. Proper identification and team/league affiliation must be presented at the admission counter in order to receive a scout pass. Scout packet includes a pass for entrance into the Super Rink for all three days of the event, access to the scout room, which will include catered food and beverage throughout the event, a tournament program, scout gift, and line charts for each game.
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Monday Seminars: As an additional element to the program this season, an NCAA education and compliance seminar will be presented to all players, coaches and parents during the NA3HL Showcase on Monday, December 19th. This will be the same presentation used in NAHL seminars and the focus will be on differences between NCAA Division I, Division III and ACHA, the breakdown of NCAA I conference landscape, NCAA Initial Eligibility information including important new rules going into effect this season and how future players will be affected, the recruiting process and how to market yourself.
Day 1 recaps
Butte 3 vs. Louisiana 2 – In the opening game of the NA3HL Showcase, the Butte Cobras got 45 saves from Joshua Horacek in a 3-2 win over the Louisiana Drillers. After a scoreless 1st period, the Drillers were first to score as Thomas Mougin lit the lamp. The Cobras responded with three straight goals later in the period to take a 3-1 lead as Tyler Tosch, Cade Wessman, and Anthony Johnson all scored. Micah Maldonado added a 3rd period goal for Louisiana to complete the scoring. John Moriarty made 43 saves in the loss.
Peoria 3 vs. Long Beach 2 (OT) – The Mustangs came back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Sharks in overtime, 3-2. Long Beach took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period with goals from Colin McPherren and Henry Slager. The Mustangs responded later in the period with goals from Caleb Bross and Ethan Chesney to knot the game at 2-2. In the overtime, Massimo Polistina got free behind the defense to put home the game-winner. Joseph Ambroffi made 11 saves in the win, while Colten McIntyre made 37 saves in the loss.
New Mexico 1 vs. New Jersey 0 – New Mexico goalie Pierson Haislet stopped all 25 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season as the Ice Wolves blanked the Titans, 1-0. The lone goal of the game came off the stick of Jaden Stiller, who redirected home a shot from the point after a face-off win with assists to Evan Axell and Hunter Fischbach. New Jersey goalie Daniel Antal played well in the loss, making 44 saves.
Willmar 10 vs. El Paso 1 – The WarHawks poured 83 shots on goal and got two goals from Braydon Buckingham, Tyler Misialek, and Blaise Schutt in a 10-1 win over the Rhinos. It was all Willmar from the opening face-off as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead with goals from Buckingham, Misialek, Gunnar Sibley, Gavin Simon, and Michael Sweetland. El Paso made it a 5-1 game with their lone goal from Mike Sobaski. The WarHawks continued to find the back of the net as more goals from Buckingham, Misialek, and Owen Johnston in the 2nd period and two from Blaise Schutt in the 3rd period secured the 10-1 win. Michael D’Orazio made 32 saves in the win, while Christopher Burns made 73 saves in the loss.
Oregon 3 vs. Helena 1 – In a battle of two of the top teams from their respective divisions, it was the Central Division’s Oregon Tradesmen who got 21 saves from goalie Connor Carroll in a 3-1 win over Helena. The Bighorns struck first thanks to a power play goal from Tyler Bloom. The Tradesmen had an answer later in the period from Marcus Mack who tied the game at 1-1. In the 2nd period, Oregon took a 2-1 lead thanks to a goal from Max Rotsaert. In the 3rd period, Nathan Walker scored to make the final, 3-1. Bighorns goalie Marek Andres made 30 saves in the loss.
Milwaukee 6 vs. Danbury 3 – Colin March scored twice to lead the Power to a 6-3 win over Danbury on Day 1 of the Showcase. The game was tied at 3-3 midway through the contest as Max Erstad, Blake Keller, and March scored for the Power, with Roman Winicki, Oleg Egorov, and Nick Rogers answering for Danbury. The Power took over late in the 2nd and in the 3rd periods as March added his second goal and Luke Nemeth and Patrick Toomey also scored. Adam Prokop made 25 saves in the win, while Gennaro Demaio made 35 saves in the loss.
Atlanta 4 vs. Yellowstone 3 – Anthony O’Neal scored twice to lead the Capitals to a 4-3 win over the Quake. The Quake led 1-0 after the 1st period with a goal from P.J. Comose. In the 2nd period Atlanta scored three goals, including two from O’Neal and one from Austin Micale, while Nick Cofer and Cole Fenske scored for the Quake to make it 3-3. In the 3rd period, Nick Jameus netted the game-winner with his 16th goal of the year. Capitals goalie Damian Vandanacker made 30 saves in the win, while John Hughes made 31 saves in the loss.
Alexandria 7 vs. TX Brahmas 2 – Sean Kenny and Joe Gronholz each scored twice as the Blizzard bombed the Brahmas by a 7-2 score. It was all Blizzard from the start as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead with goals from Kenny, Gronholz, Matt Scribner, and Matt McIntyre. The Brahmas made it 4-1 on a goal from Wyatt Witham, but the Blizzard kept the pressure on with three for more goals from Kenny, Gronholz, and Jayden Luck. Michael Imala had the other goal in the Brahmas loss. Kyle Abrahamson made 13 saves in the win, while Brendan Forden made 44 saves in the loss.
Bozeman 11 vs. Bay State 2 - The Icedogs scored the last nine goals of the game as they blew past the Bobcats thanks to an 11-2 win. The game was tied at 2-2 in the 2nd period as Kole Morris and Spencer Wilkinson scored for Bozeman, while Nate Mastrony and Landen Schoonover answered for Bay State. The Icedogs then pulled away with nine straight goals, including two from Cole Busher, two from Bodie Shepardson, another from Wilkinson and others from Chris Pigge, Dominik Hauer, Kole Morris and Sam Ingram. Cam Milewski made 14 saves in the win.
Northeast 4 vs. Gillette 3 (OT) – In a battle of 1st place teams, the Generals outlasted the Wild in overtime as they came from behind to beat Gillette, 4-3. The score was even at 1-1 through the 1st period as Isaac Young scored for Gillette with Logan Brown answering for Northeast. The Generals took a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd period on a goal from Matthew Nuzzolilo, but the Wild had an answer with a goal from Wylee Gladen and another from Young to make it 3-2. Later in the 3rd period Tyler Ramm tied the game with a power play goal. Late in overtime, Michael Locke potted the game-winner off a rebound. Generals goalie Ian Kangas made 29 saves in the win, while Jake Turek made 33 saves in the loss.
Great Falls 3 vs. Wausau 2 – Great Falls goalie Josh Koziol made 41 saves and assisted on the game-winning goal as the Americans edged Wausau, 3-2. The Americans took a 2-0 lead with 2nd period goals from Aidan McCormick and Silas Hughes. Wausau cut the lead down to 2-1 with a goal later in the period from Kalob Paquin. The Americans went up by two as Ben Cremers scored on an empty net. Easton Plachetka would add a late goal for the Cyclones. Mitch Miscevich made 15 saves in the loss.
Sheridan 6 vs. Mason City 4 – Kiefer Dunham had two goals as the Hawks topped the Toros, 6-4. Dunham scored first, but Mason City responded with three straight goals from Dylan Duckson, David Loahr, and Hayden Siegel to take a 3-1 lead. Sheridan then made it 4-3 with three straight goals from Tie Schumacher, Makhai Sparks, and Dunham. The Toros would tie the game at 4-4 on a goal from Luke Robertson. The Hawks then scored the last two goals from Parker Norling and Josh Humphreys to win 6-4. Bo Buckley made 38 saves in the win, while Aaro Pesola made 44 saves in the loss.
TX RoadRunners 4 vs. Granite City 3 – In a battle of top teams from their respective divisions, a last-second goal and a hat-trick from Matvey Ivanov led the RoadRunners to a thrilling 4-3 win over the Lumberjacks on Day 1 of the Showcase. Ivanov scored first to give Texas a 1-0 lead. Granite City answered back with a pair of goals from Parker Mitchell and Jack Louko to take a 2-1 lead. Ivanov then scored back-to-back goals in the 2nd period for his hat-trick and a 3-2 lead. In the 3rd period, the Jacks tied the game at 3-3 with a goal from Nolan Widman. With time winding down, Jack Herron skated in 1 on 1 from the left side and lifted a shot top shelf for the game-winner with one second left. RoadRunners goalie Hunter Hein made 47 saves in the win.
Minnesota 6 vs. Austin 1 – Corbin Schiebel scored twice and Keaton French made 18 saves as the Loons picked up a 6-1 win over the Ice Bats. The Loons jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to goals from Willem Kerr, Sebastian Schuehle, Phil Cebrian-Boldyrev, and Schiebel. Austin cut the lead to 4-1 at the end of two periods with a goal from Sebastian Hale. In the 3rd period goals from Schiebel and Cooper Brackett cemented the 6-1 win. Austin goalie Collin Lemanski made 38 saves in the loss.
St. Louis 7 vs. Badlands 2 – Matthew Mahoney and Jacob Heuerman each scored twice as the Jr. Blues rolled past the Sabres, 7-2. St. Louis jumped ahead 3-0 with goals from Heuerman, Carson Pishkur, and Gus Immken and never looked back. St. Louis added three more goals in the 2nd period from Mahoney, Heuerman, and Tyler Williams and Mahoney added his second of the game in the 3rd period. Sabres goals came from Peyton Wilson and Carter Johnson. St. Louis goalie Jordan Behnen made 35 saves in the win.
Rochester 1 vs. Norwich 0 – Tate Cothern pitched a 14-save shutout as the Grizzlies edged the Sea Captains, 1-0. The game was scoreless until early in the 3rd period as Austin Meers scored a power play goal with assists to Per Waage and Owen Van Tassel. That would be all the scoring in the game. Sea Captains goalie Andrew Yocum played well in the loss making 27 saves.
New Ulm 10 vs. Mid Cities 0 – Alex Benson made 16 saves in a 10-0 shutout as the Steel dominated the Stars. Charlie Sullivan and Gus Cantwell each had a pair of goals in the win. Cantwell and Griffin Lennes scored in the 1st period. Vladislav Ostapenko and Aidan Swee scored in the 2nd period, and Sullivan added two, Cantwell added another, and Landen Schwantes, Lahoussine Salama, and Zach Dalzell all scored in the 3rd period. Garrett Johnson made 71 saves in the loss for the Stars.