Nathan Ciccarelli, North Jersey Aspen Kings Blue
The two-way forward has shown a lot of grit in his game this season. Not afraid to mix it up in the corners, Ciccarelli has been a source of energy for North Jersey, putting up three points in seven divisional games.
Stephen Gresch, Hollydell Hurricanes Red
With 12 points in the teams first 11 games, Gresch is showing his leadership on the scoresheet; but behind the scenes, the respect of his teammates show his leadership off the rink. With plenty of hockey sense and solid hands, Gresch will be a threat for Hollydell this showcase.
Tucker Graham, Team Philadelphia
A proven goal scorer, Graham has seven goals in six AHF match-ups this season, tallying a hat trick in the August Showcase. With a keen nose for the net, Graham will be a big offensive player for Team Philadelphia this coming weekend.
Connor Hall, Montgomery Youth Hockey Blue
In his last two AHF match-ups, Hall has potted three goals and added four assists. Hall has climbed through the Montgomery AA ranks the past three years, but this one he has discovered a scoring touch to compliment his solid passing ability.
Nicholas Marino, New Jersey Bandits
With seven goals in five AHF contests, Marino has been a big bright spot for this Bandits team. Marino is in his second season at the U16 AA level and looks to have found his footing, surpassing his goal total from last year in 13 fewer games.
Landon Street, Ashburn Xtreme
After a strong season last year, Street is continuing that trend this year with nine points in four AHF games this season. Coming off a better than point-per-game season last year at the U16 AA level, Street’s skill and natural playmaking ability continues to mature as he does.
Caden Hall, York Devils
After a year off, Hall hasn’t missed a step with seven points in six AHF match-ups. Hall is able to evenly distribute the puck when needed and uses his hockey sense to know when he needs to shoot the puck.
Tommy Ryerson, North Jersey Aspen Kings Blue
Ryerson has been crucial for the North Jersey offense by being able to hold the blue line and keep possession going for the team. He’s also not afraid of getting physical, using his big frame to his advantage against the opposition.
Hayden Shield, York Devils
With a good first touch, Shield is one of the main components starting up the York offense. With solid footwork and vision, Shield provides a solid option from the blue line, but he’s not afraid to throw the body around against the opponents to stake his claim in his own zone.
Colton Weiss, Igloo Jaguars Black
One of the top scoring defenseman, Weiss has five points in five AHF contests so far. Weiss has come into his own this year offensively, taking more chances with the puck, which as yield solid offensive returns for the Jaguars.
Johans Bars, North Jersey Skyland Kings Navy
A solid puck-moving blueliner, Bars has been a solid on the point for the Skyland Kings. With three goals so far this season, Bars shows that he’s not afraid to take a shot when he’s needed to. He won’t force a shot, however, knowing when to find the open man for a better opportunity.
Dante DeFruscio, Team Philadelphia
With two of his three games in the AHF being shutouts, it’s not hard to see why DeFruscio is one of the top goalies in the U16 AA. Aided by a solid team in front of him, DeFruscio is able to see plenty of pucks coming his way and knows he’ll get plenty of goal support.
John Castle, York Devils
Sporting a 1.50 GAA in six games in the AHF, Castle has helped York go undefeated in those contests. Castle has only let up two goals in his last three starts for York and has been a big part of their success this season.
Zach Carter and Bailen Smargiassi, Hollydell Hurricanes Red
Both Carter and Smargiassi are backbones for the Hurricanes this season. Both have faced an average of 35 shots a game and have made big saves to keep Hollydell in many of their match-ups this season.
Haverford Hawks vs. Atlantic City Sharks, September 25th, 9:50 AM
Both of these teams have had plenty of close match-ups leading up to this point, which will make this probably one of the tighter contests of the showcase. Sharks’ goalie Casey Smith has only allowed eight goals in 116 shots against (.931 save percentage), while Haverford has a goals-per-game average of 3.7 over six AHF games. One big plus for Haverford is how they’re able to distribute their goal-scoring with 11 players having at least a goal in AHF contests. Atlantic City prides themselves on defense, however, allowing an average of 25 shots a game in their five games this season.
Montgomery Youth Hockey Blue vs. North Jersey Skyland Kings Navy, September 25th, 11:50 AM
Two teams who have identical records (5-0-0) and identical goal differential (+18) will battle on Saturday morning. North Jersey’s Ayden Greenberg has five goals in five games and will try to continue his hot streak. Greenberg will have back-up, as Braden Peck and Robbie Myshkoff have four goals of their own this season. They’ll have to go up against Liam Jukas, who sports a 0.99 GAA, as well as the rest of the Blue Devils defense that has held their opposition to 20.6 shots-per-game. Not to mention Connor Hall for Montgomery, who has 10 points in five games.
York Devils vs. Ashburn Xtreme, September 25th, 2:25 PM
Two teams with explosive offenses and stingy defenses will go head-to-head on Saturday. York has been on a roll in AHF play, letting in only two goals in their last three division contests, while Ashburn has only been held to under five goals once in AHF play. Ashburn’s Landon Street’s 2.25 points-per-game this season is tops in the U16 AA division, while Jack Kline and Paul Allison have provided some scoring punch of the Xtreme, as well. York, however, likes to move the puck around with 16 skaters having at least one point this season. Add that to John Castle’s solid performance in net so far, this might be the marquee match-up of the showcase.
Brendan Boudreau, North Jersey Skylands Kings Navy
Tallying a goal in all four games, Boudreau helped lead the way for the Skylands Kings. With six goals and eight points on the Showcase, Boudreau comes out of the weekend as the team’s leading scorer.
Gavin Rahnavardy, St. James (Showcase)
Showing off his vision on the ice, Rahnavardy put his passing on display with seven assists during the four games of the Showcase. While he was able to dish it out, Rahnavardy also tallied two goals during the St. James 3-1-0 weekend.
Eli Singley, North Jersey Aspen Kings Blue
With two goals in the first Showcase game, Singley set the tone offensively for North Jersey. Singley showed solid zone entry, great vision when it came to passing tape-to-tape, as well as going all out to put his body in front of pucks to make a play and transition the other way.
Dylan Kouba, Haverford Hawks
With four assists in his first two games, Kouba showed his ability to create plays in the offensive zone for Haverford. With his speed and stickhandling ability, Kouba was able to create space for himself to make those plays.
Ryan Suchy, York Devils
Scoring a goal in every game, Suchy was a key component for the Devils’ offense during the Showcase. Finishing with four goals and three assists, Suchy showed off his balanced attack and hockey IQ throughout the weekend.
Jack Driscoll, North Jersey Avalanche
Tallying four goals and finishing with seven points, Driscoll helped the Avalanche to a 3-1-0 record at the Showcase. Displaying determination and leadership by example, Driscoll helped stop a skid by North Jersey and vaulted them into the thick of the standings.
Nate Benz, Team Philadelphia
Benz was a big force on the defensive side of the puck for Team Philadelphia, contributing to a stellar performance and limiting the opposition to only three goals in four games. Benz was rewarded offensively on Saturday with a goal and assist in a 12-1 victory.
Ryan Twist, North Jersey Aspen Kings Blue
Thanks to a stellar performance in his own zone, Twist helped North Jersey to a 4-0-0 record. Laying out his body for blocks, clearing out the front of the net, and adding a physical component to the game allowed Twist to stand-out in the Showcase.
Devin Brown, Montgomery Youth Hockey Blue
Finishing the weekend with a 0.50 GAA and ,971 save percentage, Brown was stellar in net when he was called upon. Brown stayed focused in net during times where he was not facing action, which allowed him to stay in the game for when play did head his way.
Nicholas Lombardo, North Jersey Skylands Kings White
Lombardo leaves the Showcase with a 1.00 GAA and .968 save percentage, as he took two wins from the four-win weekend for the Skylands Kings. Lombardo helped his team stay in the lead, as he faced a total of 62 shots in his two games played.
Montgomery Youth Hockey Blue (4-0-0, 19 GF, 2 GA): With other solid teams in front of them Montgomery was able to vault over them and end up the weekend at the top of the U16 AA Standings. Only allowing two goals on the weekend helped out, as did keeping teams to an average of 17 shots on goal in their four games. Patrick McNeice (5g, 1a) and Connor Hall (1g, 4a) played solidly, as the team had 11 different goal-scorers in the Showcase.
North Jersey Aspen Kings Blue (4-0-0, 18 GF, 8 GA): A big weekend helped the Aspen Kings Blue squad jump to a tie for fourth place in the U16 AA division. Ryan Walter showed solid form with five points (2g, 3a) on the weekend, with help from Blake Stevens (2g, 4a) from the blue line. Both Connor Thomas and Soren Torlucci were stellar in net, both finishing with a 2-0-0 record and 2.00 GAA.
North Jersey Skylands Kings White (4-0-0, 18 GF, 6 GA): Coming into the weekend with only one win, the Skylands Kings White team knew they had plenty to prove and did just that with an undefeated weekend. Adam Stefanick (3g, 2a), Quinn Boudreau (2g, 4a), and Jack Boudreau (2g, 3a) helped kickstart the offense, while Nicholas Lombardo was lights out in net with a 2-0-0 record and .968 save percentage.
North Jersey Aspen Kings Grey: Being in the top-three of the standings, North Jersey showed plenty of teamwork with 10 players having at least a point this season. Landon Brookes (17g, 2a), Dylan Branigan (8g, 7a), and Brady Shetler (6g, 6a) are all in double-digits for points, while goalie Jackson Maloney has six wins on the season in his seven starts. With a balanced attack and everyone on the team contributing, the Aspen Kings Grey squad should be prepared for a solid showing this weekend.
Montgomery Youth Hockey Blue: With three straight wins in AHF play, Montgomery is riding a solid wave of success. While Jacob Guzman and Eric Myers have produced goals up-front, John Jacobs and Larry Du have provided just as much from the blue line. All four have four or more goals this season, while also helping limit the shots on net in their defensive end. In this three-game win streak, Montgomery has outpaced their opponents by a score of 15-4, which should help them going into the Showcase weekend.
North Jersey Bandits Red: The Bandits Red team offers a good look at variety in their team. While only playing four games, 13 players have scored at least one goal, and 10 players have scored multiple goals. Conor Madigan and Raffaele Macchiavello lead the way with five goals a piece, as goalie Matt Cook has a 2.75 GAA in his four games. The Bandits should give teams fits with their ability to produce offense up and down the bench, as well as be responsible in their own end to keep the puck out.
Tomorrow’s Ice North Stars White: With five straight wins, the North Stars White crew come into the showcase with plenty of confidence. Connor Derenick leads the way with 17 goals, but the team has been able to spread out the scoring with 10 other players having a goal in the team’s six games of AHF competition. Lukas Elek and Tomas Ancinec have been swapping roles in goal to success, while also being able to skate out when they aren’t suited up between the pipes.
Philadelphia Blazers: Undefeated in AHF play, the Blazers have plenty of scoring to go around in their line-up with two players– Kayden Wetherell (18) and Johnny Stokes (16)– in the teens for goals. But it’s not all offense, as their defense has taken care of business as well. Allowing only ten shots on goal a game, it has allowed Quinn Donofry to have a 1.43 GAA after seven games this season.