18U teams highlight action on Day 2 in Albuquerque
The North American Prospects Hockey League’s (NAPHL) T1ER League West Showcase and NAHL Experience continued with Day 2 on Saturday, November 18th with 16 more games on the schedule. The event is being hosted by the NAHL/NA3HL' s New Mexico Ice Wolves and runs at the Outpost Ice Arenas from November 17-19.
This is the sixth overall event of the 2023-24 season for the NAPHL, which is made up of the T1ER, SHOW, and FALL Leagues.
Watch all the games live on NAHLTV
Day 2 recaps
16U T1ER: Each team played in one game on Saturday. In the opening contest, the California Golden Bears got two goals and an assist from Harout Arutyunyan and a goal and three assists from Noah Poinsett-Yoshida in a 5-1 win over the Seattle Jr. Kraken. Landen Bullock made 20 saves in the win. The Vegas Jr. Golden Knights defeated the Northeast Generals, 9-0. Vegas had a 38-6 shots advantage and got a hat-trick from Mickael Morissette and two goals and an assist apiece from Zayne Maragh and Casey Berninger. In the third game, the Lincoln Stars beat the Colorado Springs Tigers, 12-0. Samuel Kline had four goals and an assist, Wakeley Holzer and Quinn McKenzie had two goals apiece and Ryer Harings had five assists in the win. Caden Lentz made 13 saves in the shutout. In the final game of the day, the Arizona Bobcats got goals from Brandon Brown, George Hammond, and Nicholas Nunez in a 3-1 win over Team Alaska. Logan Gibbs made 31 saves in the win. Chase Mascelli had the lone goal for Team Alaska in the loss.
18U T1ER: In the 18U morning games, the Rose City Pats opened the day with a 4-3 overtime win over Team Alaska. Joe Lawrence scored two goals in the win, including the overtime-winner. Ethan Fitzgerald made 29 saves in the win. In the next game, the Arizona Bobcats got 23 saves from Jake Filion and goals from Quinn Huseby, Reed Gramlich, Curtis Anderson, and Andrew Jazwin in a 4-1 win over the Vegas Jr. Golden Knights. The Colorado Springs Tigers got a 26-save shutout from Angeo Basson and goals from Gabriel Adams and Rylan Salo in a 2-0 win over the Wasatch Renegades. Deaken Shaw mad 36 saves in the loss. In the final game of the morning, the Northeast Generals got two goals and an assist from Carson Zugec in a 3-2 win over the Seattle Jr. Kraken. Shane Bradley had the other goal for the Generals and Jeffrey Hershberger and Ashton Reagan scored in the loss for Seattle. In the first afternoon game, the Colorado Springs Tigers won their second game of the day as they beat Vegas, 3-1. Charles Turner had two goals and Jacob Wenner also scored in the win. Angeo Basson made 24 saves for the Tigers, while Hayden Zernia made 32 saves in the loss. Team Alaska blanked the Seattle Jr. Kraken, 7-0. Evan Fitzgerald and Kaden Lynch had two goals apiece in the win and Cole Schmidt made 14 saves in the shutout. The Rose City Pats got a 17-save shutout from Ethan Fitzgerald and goals from Riley Scharlin, Alex Sackett, and Jayden Hitt in a 3-0 win over the Northeast Generals. In the final game of the day, the Wasatch Renegades staged a late 3rd period comeback, including scoring the game-tying goal with :01 second to play in regulation, but Ryan Jim’s second goal of the game in overtime won the contest for the Arizona Bobcats, 4-3. Reed Gramlich and Ryan McCaughey scored the other goals for Arizona, while Easton Massengale, Ryken Lay, and Maddux Hale scored for the Renegades.
The NAPHL T1ER League West Showcase event in Albuquerque will feature 16 teams comprised of 18U and 16U players who along with coaches will also have access to Outpost Ice Arenas full suite of hockey facilities used by the NM Ice Wolves NAHL and NA3HL teams including the Speed Gym, training rinks, full-service hockey and skate shop, team lounge, video room and locker rooms.
“This will be the biggest hockey weekend to ever hit New Mexico and it’s an excellent opportunity for hockey fans to watch some of the best young players in the nation as they play and experience the culture of the New Mexico Ice Wolves organization and all of what the Outpost Ice Arenas has to offer,” said Stan E. Hubbard, owner of the NM Ice Wolves and Outpost Ice Arenas. “We are proud to host this important event and highlight the growth of hockey in New Mexico and beyond. The impact and scope of what we’re building here as a premiere destination for hockey’s ladder of development.”
NAHL Games: In addition to the weekend NAPHL T1ER League West Showcase and NAHL Experience, Outpost Ice Arenas also plays host to NM Ice Wolves NAHL team as they welcome South Division rival the Colorado Grit for a three-game homestand over the weekend with Friday and Saturday games at 7:30pm MT and Sunday’s game starting at 5pm MT.
Things do to in New Mexico
- The Sandia Tram is 5 minutes from the arena. The ride up or down is about 15 minutes. It’s cooler up there but it is spectacular! https://sandiapeak.com
- There is something for everyone to eat at the Sawmill Market. Sawmill is very close to Old Town, so about 20 mintues from the arena. If someone is looking for a place for lunch or dinner but can’t agree on what anyone wants, definitely go to the Sawmill Market: https://www.sawmillmarket.com
- Visit Albuquerque is a decent resource for ideas: https://www.visitalbuquerque.or
- Old Town Albuquerque is about 20 minutes from the arena and a fun place to walk around and shop in a 400 year old square:https://www.albuquerqueoldtown.co
- Some of the best art museums are in Santa Fe, which is about an hour north, but the Albuquerque Museum is a good one locally:https://www.cabq.gov/artsculture/albuquerque-museum
- The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is a favorite. Anyone who watched the movie Opperman or likes history will find it fascinating: https://www.nuclearmuseum.org
- Not far from Old Town and also about 20 minutes from the arena is the Turquoise Museum. https://turquoisemuseum.com
- Acoma Sky City is about an hour from Albuquerque and requires at least a couple hours to see: https://www.acomaskycity.org/page/home
- Finally, remember that Albuquerque is where Breaking Bad was based and made. There are all kinds of fun tours around that TV series:https://www.albuquerqueoldtown.com/tours/breaking-bad-rv-tours/ https://www.travelmag.com/articles/albuquerque-breaking-bad-tours/ https://www.tourabq.com/page/abqtrolley