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Recent U18 AAA Esmark Stars News

Geregach Selected Number Two Star by NAPHL

By DLG 11/22/2018, 12:00pm EST

18U STARS DEFENSEMAN RECOGNIZED

The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced that Dustin Geregach, a defenseman with the Esmark Stars U18 team, was selected as the Apex Learning Virtual School Peak Performer U18 Number Two Star - Defenseman for the month of November.

The award was based upon player performance at the third NAPHL event of the 2018-2019 season which took place in Dallas, TX, Nov. 10-12.

Geregach, a junior at Montour High School,  (6’0"/180 lbs.), recorded seven points (2G, 5A) and was a plus 6 in four games in Dallas, and helped lead the Stars to a 3-1-0-0 record at the league's third regular season showcase.

With the seven points, Geregach is now tied for second in league scoring among defenseman. For the season, he has recorded 10 points (2 goals and 8 assists) in 12 NAPHL games and overall, 21 points (6 goals and 15 assists) in 30 games for the Stars U18 team.

"Dustin had a super weekend showcase," said Esmark 18U head coach Dave Kosick. "His play in both ends of the ice was outstanding ... and this recognition was well earned."

After each NAPHL league event, the league's central scouting staff selects top performers (three stars), for the 15U division, as well as the 16U and 18U division for events in which they participate, for offense, defense and goaltending.

The NAPHL's 18U AAA High Performance Division, in which Esmark participates, is comprised of four regular-season events leading up to its Championship Tournament, the Dixon Cup Playoffs.

The next 18U NAPHL event of the 2018-19 season, and the final regular season event of the season, will take place from Jan. 19-21, 2019, in Troy, MI.

Now in its tenth season, the NAPHL is composed of Midget Major (18U) and Midget Minor (16U & 15U) teams from across North America that compete at the Tier I level.

The NAPHL provides an organized and competitive experience with an unrivaled scouting presence guaranteed to benefit all of the participating student-athletes and programs and has established itself as the premiere training ground for development and exposure.

Not only have players in the NAPHL gone on to play in the National Hockey League (NHL), they received recognition from NHL Central Scouting each year, dozens receive scholarships to NCAA Division I schools and hundreds more have been drafted and tendered by North American Hockey League (NAHL) and United States Hockey League (USHL) teams.

The NAPHL, which is sanctioned by USA Hockey, is designed to maximize the exposure of all the participants through the NAHL's high-profile recruiting events that attract hundreds of college, junior and professional scouts.

For more information on the NAPHL, visit www.naphl.com.

Mitchell Selected Peak Performer by NAPHL

By DLG 11/01/2018, 11:30pm EDT

18U Esmark Goaltender Recognized

The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has announced that Danny Mitchell, a goaltender with the Esmark Stars U18 team, was selected as the Apex Learning Virtual School Peak Performer U18 Number One Star - Goaltender for the month of October.

Mitchell, 17, was literally perfect during the NAPHL's second league showcase of the season (Oct. 20-22) in Blaine, MN, and in the process moved his NAPHL season record to a perfect 4-0-0 mark for the Stars.

The native of Mars, PA, posted shutouts in both of his starts during the October event, including a 17-save shutout in a 5-0 win against Valley Forge and a 31-save 3-0 shutout against the Sioux Falls Power.

In four NAPHL appearances this season, Mitchell (6’2/165 lbs.) has allowed just five goals, recording a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 1.25 and a save percentage of .940 while picking up wins in all four games he has started in NAPHL league play.

Overall in 12 appearances, Mitchell has recorded a 9-2-1-0 record with two shutouts, a GAA of .192 and a save percentage of .919 helping lead the U18 Stars to a 15-7-1-1 record.

"Danny has been outstanding," said Esmark 18U head coach Dave Kosick. "I have been very impressed with his play and attention to detail." 

After each NAPHL league event, the league's central scouting staff selects top performers (three stars), for the 18U and 16U divisions, as well as the 15U division for events in which they participate, for offense, defense and goaltending.

The NAPHL's High Performance Division, in which Esmark participates, is comprised of four regular-season events leading up to its Championship Tournament, the Dixon Cup Playoffs. The third NAPHL event of the 2018-19 season will take place from Nov. 10-12, 2018, in Dallas, TX.

Now in its tenth season, the NAPHL is composed of Midget Major (18U) and Midget Minor (16U & 15U) teams from across North America that compete at the Tier I level.

The NAPHL provides an organized and competitive experience with an unrivaled scouting presence guaranteed to benefit all of the participating student-athletes and programs and has established itself as the premiere training ground for development and exposure.

Not only have players in the NAPHL gone on to play in the National Hockey League (NHL), they received recognition from NHL Central Scouting each year, dozens receive scholarships to NCAA Division I schools and hundreds more have been drafted and tendered by North American Hockey League (NAHL) and United States Hockey League (USHL) teams.

The NAPHL, which is sanctioned by USA Hockey, is designed to maximize the exposure of all the participants through the NAHL's high-profile recruiting events that attract hundreds of college, junior and professional scouts.

For more information on the NAPHL, visit www.naphl.com.

Midget Major club wins Compuware/HoneyBaked AAA Classic Tournament

The U18 Esmark Stars hockey club skated to the tournament championship at the Compuware/HoneyBaked AAA Classic Tournament in Detroit, MI, this past weekend, Oct. 5 - 7.

The U18 Stars opened round-robin play with a 4-4 tie against Mid-Am rival Gilmour Academy. The Stars were paced by forwards Gio Palombo, who scored two goals, and Ty Stewart, who recorded a pair of assists. JT Schmizzi and Billy Rapone netted the other Stars goals, as the 18U club netted three short-handed goals in the game, including two during one penalty kill. Palombo, Schmizzi and Rapone recorded the shorties. Andrew Jacobs, Cole Ferri, Raman Yerameichyk recorded assists. Danny Mitchell stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced and earned the tie in goal. The two clubs each ended up with 27 shots on goals for the game.

In game two of round-robin, the Stars would pick up a 3-1 win against fellow NAPHL member Meijer AAA. JT Schmizzi would score a pair of goals and Gio Palombo would score a goal and an assist to pace the scoring for the Stars. Jackson Dobbs (2), Andrew Jacobs, Raman Yerameichyk and Blake Rossi recorded assists. Parker Rey stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced and earned the win in goal, as the Stars outshot Meijer 29-18 for the game.

The final game of round-robin play, and a chance to earn a spot in the Gold Playoffs, would see the Stars skate to win (2-1) over the Northern Cyclones. The Stars would pepper the Cyclones goalie, as they outshot the Cyclones 39-22 for the game. But it would take a late third period goal from Blake Rossi to seal the deal and clinch the bracket number one seed. Olda Virag scored the other Stars goals, while Cole Ferri, Dustin Geregach and JT Schmizzi recorded assists. Danny Mitchell stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced and earned the win in goal.

Advancing as their bracket's number one seed, the Stars drew a rematch with Meijer AAA in the Gold Division quarter-finals. The Stars would claim a hard fought (2-1) win over their fellow NAPHL member, as JT Schmizzi and Dustin Geregach would each score in the second period and erase an early 1-0 Meijer lead. Geregach's goal, the game winner, would come on the power-play. Jackson Dobbs (2), Gio Palombo, and Cole Ferri recorded assists. Parker Rey stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced and earned the win in goal, as the Stars outshot Meijer 22-20 for the game.

In the semi-finals, the 18U Stars faced the host club HoneyBaked and skated to a 3-1 win. Raman Yerameichyk, Anton Kozitskiy (goal and an assist) and Tyler Stewart would score the Esmark goals. While Andrew Jacobs (2) and Olda Virag added helpers. Danny Mitchell stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced and earned the win in goal, as the Stars outshot HoneyBaked 31-15 for the game.

The 18U squad advanced to face fellow Pittsburgh club the Pittsburgh Predators in the Championship game. JT Schmizzi (2 goals, 1 assist), Tyler Stewart (1 goal, 3 assists) and Raman Yerameichyk (1 goal, 2 assists) led the Stars in an explosion of scoring as the Stars skated to an impressive 8-2 win.  Olda Virag (1 goal, 1 assist), Gio Palombo (1 goal, 1 assist), Jackson Dobbs, and Blake Rossi also recorded goals for the Stars in the championship game.  The Dobbs and Rossi goals were on the power-play. Cole Ferri (2), Andrew Jacobs, Will Studt, Dustin Geregach, Anton Kozitskiy and Lane Ruffner recorded assists. Parker Rey stopped 20 of the 22 Predator shots he faced and earned the win in goal and his third "W" of the tournament as the Stars outshot the Predators 33-22 for the game.

The tournament showing improved the 18U Esmark club's overall record to (12-4-1-1).

The 18U Stars return to the ice Oct. 20-22, in Blaine, MN, for the second NAPHL league showcase of the season.