Saturday, December 31, 2011

12/30 NAPHL Results & 12/31 Schedule

Here's the Results from yesterday's games from day 3 of the NAPHL DFW Showcase. Today will be a half day with everyone playing their final games of the Showcase (If they haven't finished up already).

U18 Results

U16 Results

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Tornado U18's lose 4-1 against Pikes Peak to go to 1-3 in the NAPHL Showcase

Other NAPHL Results with Dallas Teams



From the Farmers Branch Stars Center: It was a game where the Tornado just couldn't get much going on a day where the Tornado found themselves on the Penalty Kill way to many times and some careless mistakes like a couple of high shots on a breakaway and not getting constant pressure like getting just 11 shots off combined in the 2nd & 3rd periods as well, the Tornado attacked looked soft at times and weren't able to challenge to put much of a challenge on Miners Goalie Danny Kowalski.

It didn't take long for the Miners to get on the board first as Richard Wigton went off quick give & go from JJ Huerena from the blue line that was just onside where he sent a wrist shot to the bottom corner of the net to go up 1-0 just 1:54 into the game.

 The midway point of the 1st period saw one of the few major offensive outbreaks the Tornado were able to go on on their 1st PP of the game, the Tornado was building some momentum late on a Trent Williams Penalty for Slashing at the 6:27 mark of the period. Then just seconds after the Williams penalty expires, the Tornado were able to tie the game at 1-1 on a Cameron Choate Rebound after Gary Lassan's original shot was stopped on the line.

Then after that goal and a Clay Thomas Penalty for Head Checking at 10:05, Jake Townsend got his 1st of 3 points tonight on an odd-man rush that was started by Justin Tutag who also had a goal & an assist in this game that was passed to Wheatly that began the rush where a late minute pass to get Tornado Goalie Cooper Cotheran out of position for the easy goal to take a 2-1 Miners Lead.

The Miners finished the 1st to go up 2-1 where the Miners Special Teams was making a big impact after scoring a goal and getting some other major amounts of ice time in the Tornado Defensive zone tiring out the Tornado Defenders.

Early in the 2nd period as the Miners were able to continue their offensive zone dominance in the 2nd period when Jake Townsend was able to send a great pass to get to Justin Tutag for a great backhand goal to go up 3-1 just 2:21 into the 2nd period and at this early stage, it was beginning to be a long climb back for the Tornado who was having little impact all day long for the most part.

After that Miners Goal, the Tornado were desperate to swing any kind of offensive momentum to turn the game around, it showed by making some careless mistakes like giving away an easy pass that allowed a 2 on none break away where Nick Van Ankel and Alec Butcher where Cotheran made one of his better saves of the game on a save on a great deflection that looked like it was going to make it a 4-1 game right there.

The Final period saw more of the same for the Tornado where 3 PP Attempts lead to little major chances and even an instance where a stupid penalty by Cameron Choate did an interference penalty after the whistle blown and Josh Haverstrom had already committed a high sticking penalty that would have given the Tornado a PP. Another untimely penalty for the Tornado happened at the 9:02 mark when Tornado Forward Brandon Lowery committed a Head Contact Penalty which would have made it just a 2 minute minor, but just after some auguring with the refs protesting the call, he was given a Game Misconduct Penalty and was ejected as well.

The final nail in the coffin came with 1:34 left when Miners Forward Alec Butcher continued a great showcase this week with an empty net goal for his 10th point (5G 5A) of this weeks Showcase to give the Miners the 4-1 win. That also took him to the NAPHL U18 Scoring Lead with 29 points (14G 15A) in 17 games this season

Both teams are heading in very different directions here this week. For the Miners, this puts them at 3-0-1 this week & the only thing keeping them from being a perfect 4-0 was a last minute comeback in their Showcase opener against the NAPHL U18 Leading Pittsburgh Viper Stars to comeback from 4-2 down with just under 2 minutes left, only to tie the game in regulation, then win it in a SO.

For the Tornado, since an opening win against the Detroit Falcons, they have lost 3 straight to fall to 1-3-0 this week and 4-10-3 overall this season in the NAPHL. The Tornado U18's will wrap up their Showcase tomorrow morning against the Pittsburgh Viper Stars at 9:00 AM over at the McKinney Stars Center.

In other action, the Dallas U18 Team (ATTHSHL All Stars) are 0-4 at this showcase with a pair of losses against the California Titans 4-2 & St. Louis Selects 6-3 earlier today. However, they were able to push the California Titans as they were able to out-shoot the Titans 35-29 & get within a single goal twice in the 2nd period. The ATTHSHL All Stars will finish up the Showcase against the Wenatchee Wild at 11:30 AM tomorrow morning at the Frisco Stars Center.

It was a tough loss for the Tornado U16's to the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes after scoring all 3 of their goals in the 2nd period and out-shot the Jr. Hurricanes 38-24. But Jr. Hurricanes Goalie Alexander Bisi came up big in the 3rd period by stopping all 18 shots and denying all 4 shooters in the SO to allow the Hurricanes to get the 4-3 win. However, following the loss to the Jr. Hurricanes, the Tornado made it up for it with a convincing 4-0 win over the Detroit Falcons who were lead by Freedie Kratz with 2 goals, Mason Weis with 2 assists & a 16 save shutout performance in which Tornado Goalie Jay Harrington made real easy.

For the Tornado U16's they will wrap up the Showcase with a game in Frisco at Noon against the Las Vegas Storm.

Texas Stars lose 1st of 2 games in BC to Abbotsford

Thursday Night's AHL Game in Abbotsford, BC brought teams on opposite sides of the West Division Standings as the Heat continue to fight with Houston & OKC for both the West Division & Western Conference Lead in the AHL Western Conference. While Texas is looking to get out of the Western Conference Outhouse as the Stars continue to not be able to get above .500 again last night. The Stars & Heat will faceoff again tonight at 9:00 PM tonight where you can listen online on ESPN Austin.

In addition to the Texas Stars VS. Abbotsford Heat in their 2nd game of the back-to-back, the San Antonio Rampage & Houston Aeros faceoff tonight at 7:00 PM Tonight as well.

Texas Stars 3  Abbotsford Heat 5  (1-2, 2-2, 0-2)

Press Release from the Texas Stars Website

Texas Stars VS. Abbotsford Heat 12/30 Preview

From Abbotsford, B.C.: The Texas Stars (14-15-1 29 PTS) were defeated by the Abbotsford Heat (21-9-2, 44 PTS) 5-3 in front of 3,064 fans at the Abbotsford Entrainment & Sports Center on Thursday Night. Heat Goalie Danny Taylor made 42 saves and forward Krys Kolanos added 3 points in the team's third straight win over the Stars this season. Taylor stopped 16 shots in the 2nd period and all 13 in the 3rd period to improve to 11-5-0 on the season. Kolanos scored once and added two assists, as Abbotsford extended their streak to five straight games with a point on home ice. Heat forward Jon Rheault set up three goals, as his team moved to 7-4-0 against Texas all time. Forwards Stephen Schultz, Scott Glennie, & Colton Sceviour each scored, as Texas falls to 8-8-0 on the road this year. Texas Goalie Tyler Beskorowany (6-9-0) stopped 24 shots in the defeat. Texas remains in Abbotsford for a rematch with the Heat tonight on December 30 at 9:00 PM (CT).

The Stars struck first with the games opening goal at 3:59 of the 1st period. Texas rookie Scott Glennie snapped a wrist shot past goalie Danny Taylor from the right wing circle, giving the Stars a 1-0 lead. The Heat answered back with a pair of goals in less then five minutes, starting with Quintin Laing's 8th goal of the season. Forwards Kris Kolanos and defensemen Brendan Mikkelson each had an assist on the power play goal that tied the game 1-1. Kolanos would give Abbotsford a 2-1 lead at 11:35, scoring his 16th goal of the year off a wraparound. Forwards Jon Rheault & Ben Walter both picked up an assist, as the Heat carried a 2-1 lead into the 1st intermission.

In the 2nd period, the Stars pulled even with the Heat at 4:48 with a goal by Colton Sceviour. Scott Glennie set up Sceviour's 5th goal of the season, tying the game at 2-2. Abbotsford countered to re-gain the lead at 11:42, Akim Aliu scored from behind the Texas Net, banking a shot off the skate off Texas Goalie Beskorowany for his 1st goal of the year and a 3-2 Heat lead. The Stars tied the game for the third time at 14:29, as Stephen Schultz scored his 2nd goal of the year. Schultz slipped a rebound past Danny Taylor after Matt Frasier's first attempt was blocked. Travis Morin also added an assist on the play, which extended Frasier's scoring streak to 10 games. Heat defensemen Chris Breen pushed Abbotsford back into the lead in front 4-3 at 15:56 of the 2nd period. Breen lifted a shot from the left point, through traffic and past Beskorowany for his 1st goal of the year.

In the 3rd period, Heat forward Guillaume Desbiens scored his second goal of the season at 13:22 for the 5-3 Abbotsford lead. Jon Rheault set up the goal, registering his third assist of the night.

The Stars play in Abbotsford for one more game on December 30. The team will also play in San Antonio on January 6, prior to returning home on January 7 to host Rockford at 7:00 PM. The 1st 2,500 fans to the game will receive a Texas Stars Team Calender, compliments of A+ Federal Credit Union. On Saturday Night, fans may purchase the State Farm Family Four Pack, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for $48.

Individual tickets for all games are now on sale. Tickets are available on line at the Texas Stars Website or by calling 512-GO-STARS (512-467-8277).

2011-2012 Season Seat Packages are on sale now. For more info on Texas Stars Season Tickets call 512-GO-STARS (512-467-8277) or visit Texas Stars Hockey. Anyone interested season tickets, group tickets or mini-plans may call the Texas Stars Front Office.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

NAPHL 12/29 Results & 12/30 Schedule

Here's a look at Day 2 of the NAPHL Showcase at the Dr. Pepper Stars Centers in Farmers Branch & McKinney today. The U18 Game between the Pittsburgh Viper Stars & the Dallas U18 which is the AT& HS Hockey League All Star Team had a piece of glass shatter in the 2nd period when the Pittsburgh Viper Stars were making a line change.

For the schedule for the remaining two days of the NAPHL Showcase, click where it says Pre-Game and on the score sheet it will tell you which Starscenter the ind. game is taking place.

U18 Results

U14 Results

4 Goal 2nd Period lifts the Tornado U18's to a 5-2 Victory

From the Farmers Branch Stars Center: An impressive 4 goal surge in the 2nd period lead by Vadim Kravchenko which had 2 goals and an assist as well as Luis Barrera & Quinton Vitek who had a goal and an assist as well helped pull off an impress 5-2 victory who were sitting in 3rd place in the NAPHL U18 Standings at the time going into last night's game at the Dr. Pepper Stars Center in Farmers Branch. In addition to the 4 goal 2nd period surge, Tornado Goalie Matthew MacInnis stopped 34 of 36 shots in the victory as the Falcons were able to out-shot the Tornado 36-27 in the game, including at one point early in the 2nd period that the Falcons out-shoot the Tornado 20-10 and were looking to get away from the Tornado midway through the game.

Despite no scoring in the 1st period, the Tornado lost one their top scorer Hayden Ray just 2 minutes in when he got hit from behind in the hit, where he was checked for Concussion Symptions, he sat out the rest of the game for pre-cautionary measure's, but after being cleared and will be able to play in the rest of the showcase.

The Falcons were looking to take an early lead thanks to 3 straight Tornado Penalties in the 1st 8 minutes by Christian Chase for Hooking, Quinton Vitek for for Slashing & Brandon Lowery for for Cross Checking, however a great penalty kill kept the game scoreless and frustrated the Falcons attacked combined with a great Tornado Defense kept the game scoreless after 1 and the Falcons were able out-shoot the Tornado 11-8 after the 1st, but the Tornado Penalty Kill gave the team confidence that it could hang in with the Falcons quick attack.

The early portion of the 2nd period saw the Falcons attack continued to get plenty of shots on Matthew MacInnis but still to no results for the Falcons offense that was franticly searching for answers. However, the Tornado finally made it 1-0 on a Vadim Kravchenko setting up Quinton Vitek to get the 1st goal of the game at 6:04 mark.

Then just before the Zamboni Break, Falcons Forward Kyle Latimer committed a checking from behind penalty that resulted in a 10 minute misconduct penalty and a Tornado PP as well where Vadim Kravchenko took advantage just 40 seconds later to make it 2-0. After a Luis Barrera Goal just 44 Seconds later that made it 3-0, Kravchenko got his 2nd in just over 3 minutes to give the Tornado a commanding 4-0 lead that was made on a great set up where Vitek faked the Wrap Around Shot to pass it to Kravchenko for the easy goal. Despite getting out-shot 26-15 through 2 periods, the Tornado cleary had the momentum on their side and looking to pull off one of their biggest upsets of the season up to this point.

However, the momentum didn't last long as a pair of Falcons Goals by Ryan Murray & Brandon Delekta late in the 2nd & early in the 3rd put the Falcons back within 2 at the 2:35 mark of the 3rd period. For a little bit, it looked like the Falcons had some hope to get back in this game with just under 15 minutes left to play in the game. But after that, the Falcons ran into a lot of penalty trouble where the team committed 9 penalties in the 3rd period.  Including a pair of 10 Minute Misconduct Penalties by by Chris Slater & Trevor Hillman at the 11:14 mark of the 3rd period. Just a short time later, a member of the Falcons Coaching Staff threw the players spare sticks on to the ice to protest the penalities, where he ended up getting ejected of the current game and suspended for the next game.

After a convincing Win to open the DFW Showcase, the Tornado U18's had a double header today to play the Indiana Jr. Ice at 10:15 AM. Then the afternoon game saw them play the West Michigan Hounds at 4:l5 PM. As for the U16's on Thrusday, they have an afternoon game against the California Titans at the McKinney Stars Center at 2:15 PM.

Other highlights yesterday included a comeback victory in the last 2 minutes for the Pittsburgh Viper Stars where Viper Stars leading Scorers Heinz Koster & Bob Tristschler just 32 seconds apart to erase a 4-2 Pikes Peak Miners Lead to force a SO where the Viper Stars went on to a 5-4 SO Victory. As well as the Lansing Capitals which punished Pursuit of Excellence 12-3 which included a 5 Point Game from Kyle Haak (3G 2A) as well as 4 Point Games from James LaDouce & Camern Jorgensen (1G 3A Each).

NAPHL 12/28 Results

Here's a look at yesterday's results as the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) Showcase got underway yesterday from the Dr. Pepper Stars Centers in Farmers Branch, Frisco & McKinney.

Every single team that is in the league at the U18, U16 & U14 Levels is competing this weekend as well as a couple of guest teams in the Dallas Stars Elites U14 Team & a team called Dallas U18 which is basically an All Star Team from the AT&T Metroplex HS Hockey League that is also playing here this week.

NAPHL Website:

Reminder: The Intermissions break comes at the 8:30 Mark of the 2nd Period in the NAPHL Events. This is to keep the number of Zamboni Breaks at a Minimum and to speed up the amount of time each game takes during the NAPHL Showcase.

Here's yesterday's Results

U18 Scores

U16 Results

U14 Results

Explantion over the Last Year

If your wondering why my website has been at a standstill for the past year, it's because I had to help take care of my terminally ill grandmother till she died back in May. She had been sick for a very long time and I wanted to help take care of her where she lived up in Oklahoma.

Since her death, I have been dealing with some of her business as were getting her house & another commercial building that she has owned for a very long time.

I'm sorry if I lost any readers/supporters over this time, but I'm looking forward to getting the site going again and to make some improvement's and gain more readers and attraction to help continue to help grow, support and promote the sport across the Southwestern Part of the United States.

Thank you for your patience.

This weekend, I'm at the North American Prospects Hockey League Showcase at the Dr. Pepper Stars Centers in Farmers Branch, Frisco & McKinney this week.