NAPHL 18U 2013-2014
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Pursuit of Excellence 18U falls apart in second, loses to St. Louis Selects 18U, 7-2
Story by Narrative Science.
Pursuit of Excellence 18U was within striking distance after one period, but St. Louis Selects 18U put the pedal down in the second en route to a 7-2 victory.
Pursuit of Excellence 18U's power play was ineffective against St. Louis Selects 18U's penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.
St. Louis Selects 18U was led by Thomas Kolaz, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Kolaz scored 10:23 into the second period to make the score 3-1 St. Louis Selects 18U.
St. Louis Selects 18U stifled Pursuit of Excellence 18U's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. St. Louis Selects 18U surpassed its usual scoring output this season. This season, St. Louis Selects 18U averages 3.6 goals per contest. St. Louis Selects 18U was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 36 penalty minutes.
St. Louis Selects 18U additionally got points from Joey Lupo, who also finished with two goals and one assist to lead the team in points. St. Louis Selects 18U also had goals scored by John Patterson, who had two and Sam Yauch and Austin Junger, who each put in one. More assists for St. Louis Selects 18U came via Trevor Thornton, Corbin Foppe, Trevor Johnson, and Alex Kielczewski, who contributed one a piece.
Pursuit of Excellence 18U forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up 10 minors and one major for 45 minutes in penalty time. Pursuit of Excellence 18U surpassed its season average of 19.0 penalty minutes per game. Pursuit of Excellence 18U put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow St. Louis Selects 18U to score on any of its 11 power plays.
Pursuit of Excellence 18U was helped by Brandon Duhaime, who had one goal and one assist. Duhaime scored 1:30 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Pursuit of Excellence 18U. Tyler Benson provided the assist. Pursuit of Excellence 18U also got points from Benson, who also registered one goal and one assist. In addition, Pursuit of Excellence 18U received assists from Zack Andrusiak, who had one.
Tyler Knerr made 13 saves for St. Louis Selects 18U on 15 shots. Pursuit of Excellence 18U's Joseph McLeod stopped 20 shots out of the 27 that he faced. Pursuit of Excellence 18U ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Kolten Carpenter was ejected from the game.