East and South go undefeated at NAHL Top Prospects
February 28, 2017
NHL prospect Ryan Snowden backstopped the East Division to a perfect 2-0 record at the 2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.
In front of over 250 NCAA and NHL scouts in a short two day period, the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament exceeded expectations once again with a competitive brand of hockey on the ice and plenty of NCAA and NHL scouts off the ice.
East 4 vs. Midwest 2
– The East Division capped off a perfect NAHL Top Prospects Tournament with a 4-2 win over Midwest on Tuesday thanks to a goal and an assist to Drew Blackmun (Aston Rebels), Gordie Helmuth (New Jersey Titans) and Danny Eruzione (New Jersey Titans). Dom Garica (Aston Rebels) also starred in the win, totaling three assists. In the opening 11 minutes of the contest, East jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Helmuth and Blackmun. The Midwest would get on the board layer in the 1st period with a goal from Kenai River Brown Bears defenseman Chris Lipe. After a scoreless 2nd period, Midwest tied the game at 2-2 early in the 3rd period with a goal from Brennan Blaszczak (Springfield Jr. Blues), with an assist to Cayden Cahill (Fairbanks Ice Dogs). The East would capture the lead and win in the late stages of the 3rd period as Eruzione lit the lamp with just under four minutes to go and Daniil Bokun (Johnstown Tomahawks) added an empty-net goal. Ryan Snowden (Topeka RoadRunners) was great in goal for the East Division, stopping 14 of 15 shots, while Jack Leavy (Aston Rebels) stopped 9 of 10. For the Midwest, Robbie Goor (Kenai River Brown Bears) gave up one goal on 14 shots, while Jake Acton (Minnesota Magicians) gave up two goals on 16 shots. Boxscore
South 5 vs. Central 2
– Along with the East Division, the NAHL South Division finished the Top Prospects Tournament at 2-0 by snapped the 10-game winning streak of the Central Division with a 5-2 win. Five different players scored for the South, which included 1st period goals from Chase Thudium (Odessa Jackalopes), Austin Kamer (Lone Star Brahmas) and Hunter Stanley (Lone Star Brahmas). The Central cut the lead to 3-1 with an unassisted goal from Minot Minotauros forward Derek Frentz in the 2nd period. The South poured it on in the 3rd period, with two more goals from Luke Edgerton (Amarillo Bulls) who scored his 3rd goal of the event and Troy York (Lone Star Brahmas), who added an empty-net goal. Carter Roo (Aberdeen Wings) had the other Central goal, which came in the 3rd period. In goal, Amarillo goalie Nikita Babintsev (Amarillo Bulls) got the start, stopping all 11 shots that came his way, while Dylan Lubbesmeyer (Shreveport Mudbugs) made 23 saves on 25 shots. For the Central, Josh Boyko (Brookings Blizzard) made 15 saves on 18 shots and Lucas Murray (Minot Minotauros) made 11 saves on 12 shots. Boxscore
NAHL Selects 6 vs. NTDP 5 (OT)
– Tomas Vomacka (Corpus Christi IceRays) made 26 saves as the NAHL Selects came from behind to defeat a combo 17 and 18-Team NDTP program, 6-5 on Tuesday. The NTDP cruised out to a 3-0 lead behind goals from Phil Kemp, Quinn Hughes and Jonathan Gruden. The Selects responded with five straight goals to make it 5-3, which included three goals in the 2nd period from Cade Borchardt (Brookings Blizzard), Simon Loof (Lone Star Brahmas) and Donovan Ott (Johnstown Tomahawks). The scoring for the Selects continued in the 3rd period as the lead swelled to 5-3 with goals from Dalton Hunter (Johnstown Tomahawks) and Jakov Novak (Janesville Jets). The NTDP didn’t say die as they tied the game with two late goals in the 3rd period from Oliver Wahlstrom and the second of the night from Gruden. The Selects were on their heels to start overtime, but all the game-winner took was a rush up the ice by New Jersey Titans forward Maxim Andreev, who drew a fake on a 2 on 1 and fired the overtime-winner through the five hole past NTDP goalie Adam Scheel. Boxscore