Academy Hosts NESHL Showcase at The Colisee

November 15, 2021
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Jake VanDerMiller shoots puck on New England Elite
NESHL Showcase – Lewiston, ME The MNDP Academy kicked off the weekend showcase on Saturday with a 10:00pm puck drop versus the NJ Titans 18U squad. The Nords played exceptional in the first period of their showcase debut. Chances were exchanged and the game was back and forth. First period ended with zeroes on the board. The Titans struck early and often in the second period, making it 2-0 early. The Nordiques answered with a beauty from Erik Danilchev, who wristed one post in. The Titans, not phased, were hungry for more. They went on to score 6 unanswered. A disappointing start to the weekend for the hometown team. It was a quick turnaround for the Nords, who faced off against the NJ Titans 16U squad on Sunday morning. They came out firing and dominated much of the game. A total of four Nordiques etched their first goals of the season, Truman Boettiger, Preston Horschel, Zaakir Khan, and Huba Szabo. Szabo, Dering, and Boettiger had four points each. Wyatt Fischer also had a strong offensive game notching 3 assists, adding to his team lead in that category. Braxton Castagno bounced back between the pipes and the Nords walked away with a 7-3 win. Once again, the Nordiques had a quick turnaround for their third game of the weekend. This would be the last game before heading into their Thanksgiving break. The resilient group was up against New England Elite, who had a great showing over the weekend. The Nords did not disappoint skating to a 2-1 W. Gunnar Stevens was stellar in net. NE Elite made a strong push at the end of the game when the Nords ran into penalty trouble. Stevens stood on his head. The game saw Jason Barnard score two goals and continue with his strong play. Another takeaway from the game was Preston Horschel’s play on the back end. After being converted to a defenseman a few weeks ago Horschel has taken leaps and bounds, it seems as though his confidence is trending in the right direction. Zach Dering had an assist, taking his team lead in points to 16 total. Cam Couper and Jake VanDerMiller also added helpers. Coach Scott Davidson was happy with how they closed out the weekend stating, “It was a gutsy effort from our group… that was a lot of hockey in a small amount of time. Heading into our break on a positive note is huge for our group”. The MNDP Academy will be back in action on December 3rd when they kick off the NAPHL Showcase being hosted in Middletown, NJ.