PRHC shows well in first NAPHL weekend event of ‘19-20 season
The Pacific Ridge Hockey Club (PRHC) went undefeated in its first visit to the Schwan Super Rinks in Blaine, Minn., from Oct. 19-21.
Participating in its first of three NAPHL Prep Division tournaments, the club faced four teams: EDP from Tampa, Fla., Fountain Valley School from Colorado Springs, Colo., IHA from Calgary, Alberta, and Prairie Hockey Academy from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
Playing two games on Saturday, one on Sunday, one more on Monday morning, the boys got their feet underneath them, and simply shut down the competition with smooth defense lead by seniors Daniel Parizek and Clayton Moore, followed up by shifty moves from Kento Mencel and stout toughness of Tyler Mazzella and Cole Sheridan.
The other squads found it difficult to find any rhythm in the offensive zone.
There were a few breakdowns, but when the ‘D’ was not making it difficult for the other team to get shots, Patrick O’Donnell simply stonewalled them with some fantastic saves. He walked away with an amazing .925 save percentage, and credit for three shutouts — not a bad weekend of work.
Jace Phillips and Will Schneider provided the offense, serving up seven of the 19 goals for the weekend. Phillips was completely on fire with a team-leading five goals. Schneider followed up Phillips with five points (two goals, three assists) with some impressive power forward moves. The rest of the forwards provided scoring across the board with every forward securing a point for the weekend.
PRHC continues to play in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League in the D-1 Division, and is equally excited to play in the NAPHL Prep Division this season. NAPHL Prep was the perfect way to stick to their core values of balancing high-level exposure and competitive hockey with strong academics and the high-school experience. The program lives up to their motto, “Built for Balance.”
PRHC looks forward to their next visit to Blaine in January for another round in the NAPHL Prep Division.
— Todd Cadieux
(Nov. 20, 2019)