NAPHL 18U 2013-2014

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California Titans 18U uses shootout to best St. Louis Selects 18U, 6-5

Romeoville Rink 3    Sun, Nov 10, 2013

Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as California Titans 18U defeated St. Louis Selects 18U in a shootout 6-5.

The shootout featured 18 attempts between both teams. St. Louis Selects 18U's shootout goals were scored by Joey Lupo and Alex Kielczewski. California Titans 18U also got shootout goals from Quinton Wunder and Samu Suominen.

California Titans 18U came back from a one-goal deficit to capture the victory. California Titans 18U fell behind 5-4 after a power play goal by St. Louis Selects 18U's Jacob Champaign at 5:00 in the third period. California Titans 18U knotted things up at 5-5 on a goal by Eric Wilk at 8:00 in the third period.

California Titans 18U kept St. Louis Selects 18U's goalie busy throughout the game, and Tyler Knerr made 37 saves on 43 shots. California Titans 18U surpassed its usual scoring output this season. This season, California Titans 18U averages 3.3 goals per contest. California Titans 18U gave up more goals than its normal season average. California Titans 18U is averaging 2.4 goals against for the season. California Titans 18U was ineffective while on the power play, as it was held to one goal off of nine man advantages. California Titans 18U's defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals. California Titans 18U found itself short handed often, totaling 60 penalty minutes and allowing eight power plays.

St. Louis Selects 18U forced California Titans 18U goalie Grant Payne to work between the pipes, taking 40 shots. St. Louis Selects 18U could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 54 minutes in penalties during the game.

St. Louis Selects 18U additionally got points from Trevor Thornton, who also tallied one goal and one assist. John Patterson also scored for St. Louis Selects 18U. Other players who recorded assists for St. Louis Selects 18U were Lupo, who had two and Jack Duhe and Kielczewski, who contributed one a piece.

California Titans 18U's Payne stopped 35 shots out of the 40 that he faced.