Team Rafalski (2-0) and Team Miller (1-1) skated to wins on the second day of the three-day NAHL Top Prospects Tournament on Monday at the Iorio Ice Arena in Walpole, Mass.
Forward Michael Hill (Topeka RoadRunners/University of Alaska-Fairbanks) connected for a pair of goals in Team Rafalski’s 3-2 victory over Team Weight (1-1), with forward Beau Walker (Corpus Christi IceRays) adding the other marker.
Defenseman Jack Callahan (Springfield Jr. Blues/Quinnipiac University) and forward Charles Mosey (Bismarck Bobcats/Dartmouth College) scored for Team Weight.
In goal, Team Rafalski’s Rasmus Tirronen (Topeka RoadRunners/Merrimack College) and Jimmy Kruger (Texas Tornado) each stopped 20 of 21 shots. For Team Weight, Paul Moberg (Coulee Region Chill/Air Force Academy) made 19 saves on 20 shots, while Ryan Faragher (Bismarck Bobcats/Dartmouth College) made 21 saves.
View the box score here.
In Team Miller’s 9-4 win over Team Legwand (0-2), forwards Andrew Kolb (Michigan Warriors/Michigan Tech University) and Cody Wydo (Motor City Metal Jackets) both recorded hat tricks, while forward Ryan Green (Port Huron Fighting Falcons) notched a goal and two assists. Defenseman Grant Gettinger (St. Louis Bandits) chipped in three assists.
Forward John Siemer (Fresno Monsters) put home two goals and an assist for Team Legwand.
Between the pipes, goaltender Tyler Marble (Traverse City North Stars/Lake Superior State University) made 32 saves for Team Miller. Team Legwand’s Edward Dyson (Dawson Creek Rage) stopped 17 of 21 shots he faced, while Nikifor Szczerba (Amarillo Bulls) made 22 saves on 27 shots.
View the box score here.
On the third and final day of the tournament, Team Legwand will face off against Team Weight (9:30 a.m. local time) and Team Rafalski will play Team Miller (12:30 p.m.).
All Top Prospects Tournament games can be viewed live via the Internet through FASTHockey.com.
The NAHL is auctioning off all game-worn player jerseys from the Top Prospects Tournament through eBay. Bids can be placed at NAHL.com/Auction.
At the Top Prospects Tournament, which runs from Dec. 5-7 and crowns a tournament champion, four teams comprised of the NAHL’s top committed and un-committed college players, including those recognized on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s “Players to Watch” list for 2011 draft-eligibles, are playing a three-game round robin.
For more information on the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, visit NAHLTopProspects.com.
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