NAPHL 18U 2013-2014
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Gross stymies Phoenix Firebirds 18U, Texas Tornado 18U wins 5-1
Story by Narrative Science.
Alex Gross had a standout game with 27 saves, and Texas Tornado 18U beat Phoenix Firebirds 18U 5-1.
Phoenix Firebirds 18U was doomed by its poor performance on special teams, as Texas Tornado 18U was able to score four times while on the power play.
Texas Tornado 18U was led by Jack Moore, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Moore scored on the power play 12:23 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Texas Tornado 18U. Texas Tornado 18U had taken the advantage when Phoenix Firebirds 18U's Dylan Teed got sent off for tripping. Dalton Skelly assisted on the tally.
Texas Tornado 18U forced Phoenix Firebirds 18U goalie Connor Walker to work between the pipes, taking 35 shots. The defense for Texas Tornado 18U tightened up when it had players in the penalty box, as it let in one goal on 16 Phoenix Firebirds 18U power plays.
Texas Tornado 18U also got points from Skelly, who also racked up one goal and one assist and Austin Cox, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Brennen Miller also scored for Texas Tornado 18U. Other players who recorded assists for Texas Tornado 18U were Jake Hagstrom, who had two and Joey Sardina and Chris Lugg, who each chipped in one.
Phoenix Firebirds 18U was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 42 penalty minutes.
Phoenix Firebirds 18U was led by Jim Ericsson, who scored the team's only goal. Ericsson scored on the power play 13:39 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Texas Tornado 18U. A checking from behind penalty on Skelly had put Phoenix Firebirds 18U on the power play. Reise Kieffer provided the assist.
Texas Tornado 18U incurred 44 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. Connor Walker made 30 saves for Phoenix Firebirds 18U on 35 shots.