Team East Ends Top Prospects Winless After Defeat To USA 17U, 7-0
Updated: Feb 9
Written by: David Nicoletti
After a 6-2 loss the previous night to the South, the East Division was looking to respond in hopes of bringing home a win to round out this year's NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. This afternoon (2 p.m.) they hit the ice for the tourney's final game against the U.S. National Under-17 Team.
Michigan State commit goaltender Luca Di Pasquo (Maryland Black Bears) got the nod to kick things off. The forward line consisted of all New Jersey Titans: Anthony Calafiore (LW), Tommy Bannister (C), and Brendan Dumas (RW). While the blueline consisted the Black Bear duo once again of Sean Kilcullen (LD), and Kevin Scott (RD).
It didn't take long for Team USA to get on the board first. As Boston College commit forward Will Smith got the game started 1:31 into regulation, making it an early 1-0 game for the U17 squad. Alex Weiermair (F) [6:21] and Gabe Perreault (F) [10:03] both extended that lead in the second period. Making it a now 3-0 Team USA game heading into the third period.
Smith registered his second goal of the game for the U.S. 1:09 into the third. Followed by a Ryan Leonard (F - Boston College commit) goal 1:49 later. Forward and St. Cloud State University commit Austin Burnevik added onto that lead minutes later. So did Brady Cleveland (D - University of Wisconsin commit) just moments later on the power-play. The game would then come to a close, giving the USNTDP U17 the 7-0 win over the East.
Goaltender Carsen Musser recorded the shutout for Team USA, stopping all 39 shots faced.
TOMAHAWKS ALUMNI IN TOURNAMENT
NAHL Selects forward William Persson took to the ice for his team's final tourney game at 9 a.m. against the Midwest Division. The current Minnesota Wilderness player got the start at left wing, and went on to tally an assist, as well as register three shots on goal in the Selects 3-2 win over the Midwest.
Game two of the day saw some former Hawks teammates from last season scrap off against each other. Dominic Schimizzi (Team South - F) and Liam Whitehouse (Team Central - D) took to the ice for their divisions’ final game at 11:30 a.m. The current Amarillo Wranglers forward recorded a goal at the 10:41 mark of the second period, as well as register five shots on goal. For the current Austin Bruins defensemen, he went on to register two shots on goal. Team Central defeated the South 5-2.
2022 NAHL TOP PROSPECT TOURNAMENT FINAL STANDINGS