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Top Prospects on Display at NAHL Tournament

03/02/2017, 1:15pm MST
By Tom Robinson

South and East divisions come out on top

The South and East Divisions each went 2-0 in the North American Hockey League Top Prospects Tournament Monday and Tuesday.

The South got goals from five different players to end a 10-game Central Division winning streak in the event with Tuesday’s 5-2 victory.

Amarillo Bulls forward Luke Edgerton had a goal and two assists Monday when the South defeated the U.S. National Team Development Program, 3-2.

Gordie Helmuth and Danny Eruzione from the New Jersey Titans joined Drew Blackmum from the Aston Rebels in producing a goal and assist each when the East beat the Midwest, 4-2, Tuesday. Dom Garcia from Aston had three assists.

Kohei Sato from the Northeast Generals and Nick Bruce from the Johnstown Tomahawks each had a goal and an assist for the East in a 4-2 Monday win over the NAHL Selects.

The Gold Team, which combined players from the Central and Coastal Divisions, went 3-0 in the North American 3 Hockey League’s Top Prospects Tournament.

Chuck Costello from the Cape Cod Islanders had a hat trick in the final 7-4 win over the Black.

USHL STREAKS: The top three teams in the United States Hockey League Western Conference all extended streaks.

The first-place Sioux City Musketeers and third-place Des Moines Buccaneers are each on six-game winning streaks. The Waterloo Black Hawks have standings points in 15 straight games, going 13-0-2-0.

Matt Hudie started the scoring shorthanded in the first period and Julian Napravnik scored twice in the second period when Des Moines (29-14-1-3) defeated the Bloomington Thunder, 6-2, Sunday.

Waterloo and Sioux City picked up their latest wins Saturday.    

Kevin Charyszyn and Nick Swaney scored two goals each to lead Waterloo (31-12-2-2) past the Omaha Lancers, 5-3. Defenseman Mikey Anderson extended his point streak to six games in which he has eight points.

Sioux City (30-9-5-2) defeated the Tri-City Storm, 5-1, when Eeli Tolvanen scored twice, giving him six goals in the last three games.

EASTERN CHAMPIONS: The Philadelphia Little Flyers captured five of a possible six points in the standings to clinch their third straight Eastern Hockey League Premier Division regular-season title.

Samuel Kany, who is 20-2-2 with a 1.29 goals against average, had a 29-save shutout in a 4-0 win over the Walpole Express.

The Little Flyers started the week with a 1-0 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Revolution. They followed up the shutout of Walpole by winning a rematch with the Revolution, 5-3, Sunday.

The Valley Junior Warriors won a home-and-home with the East Coast Wizards, 5-1 and 7-3, Saturday and Sunday to clinch the Boston Division title. Derek Struwing had a hat trick in Sunday’s win.

COLLEGE COMMITMENTS: A pair of USHL defensemen recently announced their college commitments.

Waterloo’s Grant Gabriele is headed to Ohio State University and Jonathan McDonald from the Fargo Force is headed to UMass-Lowell.

Gabriele, a 19-year-old from Brighton, Michigan, has six points in his last six games to push his total to three goals and six assists in 19 games with the Black Hawks.

McDonald, 18, from Livonia, Michigan, has three assists and is plus-2 in 23 games with the Force.

Justin Mislak, a forward with the Austin Bruins of the NAHL, has committed to Michigan Tech.

The 20-year-old from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, is second in the league with 48 points.

ONE-TIMERS: The Midwest Division-leading Janesville Jets clinched an NAHL playoff berth Saturday by allowing just 21 shots in a 4-3 win over the Kenai River Brown Bears. … Brian Smith had back-to-back, three-point games to help the Valley Junior Warriors improve their Eastern Hockey League Elite-19 Division playoff hopes. … Alex Cerda scored in regulation and had the only shootout goal when the Long Beach Sharks clinched the North American 3 Hockey League Coastal Division title with a 5-4 win over the Skyland Kings. … The Pikes Peak Miners scored 18 goals while winning two games and improving to 30-5-0 to clinch the Rocky Mountain Hockey League regular-season title. … The Eugene Generals won the Pacific Division playoffs and the Florida Junior Blades took the South to earn spots in the United States Premier 3 Hockey League.

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