• David Nicoletti

East Division Falls To South Division, 6-2

Written by: David Nicoletti

Day one of the 2022 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament got underway Monday afternoon at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, PA. The primary practice and training facility for the Pittsburgh Penguins. For this year, Johnstown sent three players, all of which forwards, to represent the East Division: Jacob Badal (#3 - LW), Stephen Kyrkostas (#21 - C), and Sean Ramsay (#11 - RW) [all of which were paired on a line together].

For their first of two games, the East took to the ice to faceoff against the South Division for a scheduled 6:30 p.m. start. Which ended up being the final game for day one. The line full of Tomahawks as well as Kevin Scott and Sean Kilcullen (both Maryland Black Bears D-Men) got the start. Jamestown Rebels goaltender Jon Howe got the reigns in net first, as puck drop was underway.

The first period saw Team South getting off to a fast start. As Conner Couet (Odessa Jackalopes - D) got the game started at 2:26 in, giving the South a 1-0 lead. Fast forward to the second and the South added three more goals to their total. Billy Feczko (Shreveport Mudbugs - F) [PP], Logan Cleary (Amarillo Wranglers - F), and Dayne Hoyord (Odessa Jackalopes - F) were all credited.

Looking at the 8:01 mark of the third and the East finally struck the board. As Laker Aldridge (Maryland Black Bears - F) scored a deflection goal to make it 4-1 Team South. Brad McNeil (Maryland Black Bears - F) added onto the total to cut the South lead in half with 5:02 remaining. However a Michael Spinner (Amarillo Wranglers - D) empty net goal sealed the deal. Jude Kurtas (Corpus Christi Ice Rays - F) added one final goal on the power-play in the end, giving Team South the 6-2 win over Team East. Final shots on goal were 37-36 Team East.

The East will be back at it again tomorrow afternoon for a 2 p.m. contest against the U.S. National Under-17 Team. You can catch the action live by visiting https://www.hockeytv.com/. For more information about tomorrow's schedule, be sure to visit http://nahl.com/tpt/schedule/. From there, you can also check out team rosters, as well as line charts from previous and upcoming games.


Current Minnesota Wilderness leading goal scorer and former Tomahawks forward from last season William Persson took to the ice for the NAHL Selects. Their first game was the one to kick off the tournament, as they played the U.S. National Under-17 Team at 1:30 p.m. Their, the Bjorklinge, Sweden native recoded a two-minute roughing minor at 13:34 of the second period. Team Selects would fall to USNTDP-17U, 5-2. Shots on goal were 35-28 for the U.S.


Current Austin Bruins defensemen Liam Whitehouse took to the ice for the Central Division. His squad played a 4 p.m. contest against the Midwest Division. The Mount Kisco, New York native and former alternate captain for the Tomahawks got the start as a first line pairing defensemen, alongside his Austin teammate, Xavier Jean-Louis. Team Central however fell to Team Midwest, 3-0. Final shots on goal were 37-30 for the Midwest. Whitehouse went on to register two shots on goal.


Current Amarillo Wranglers forward and native of McMurray, PA, Dominic Schimizzi took to the ice against the East Division, suiting up for Team South. The right handed shot registered two shots on goal.


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