Everett Silvertips Elite 16U Club Finishes First Overall in NAPHL Regular Season Standings
EVERETT, Wash. - The Everett Silvertips Elite 16U program, following a 4-3 victory over the Sioux Falls Jr. Stampede today, claimed the top overall record in the North American Prospects Hockey League regular season standings for the 2017-18 season.
The Silvertips Elite 16U program, under the direction of second year head coach Turner Stevenson and general manager Scott Brihn, finished with a 15-1-0-1 record (31 points), led the league in goals (71), goal differential (+46), win percentage (.912), and finished the regular season on a 9-0-0-1 streak.
"Turner Stevenson and Scott Brihn deserve substantial credit for the direction they are taking our 16U program," said Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson. "For a program we started four years ago with a vision of success in competition and a larger footprint in our development goals, the achievements from this regular season are significant. We're proud of their hard work and dedication and for the collective group who have earned this accomplishment."
The postseason opens with NAPHL 16U Championship Weekend, Feb. 17-20 in Troy, Mich.
Forward Cole Dubicki finished tied for the league lead in points (28) in 17 games, led the league in assists (16), was tied for second in game winning goals (3), and tied for fourth in goals (12). Forwards Alex Bolshakov (21 points) and Miles Seguin (20 points) rounded out the program's top three players in points.
Defenseman Dylan Herzog, who led all club blueliners with 17 points in 17 games, was second in league scoring among defensemen.
Goaltender Austin Schwab, whose father Corey suited up as a goaltender in 147 career National Hockey League games and helped lift the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2002-03, was tied for the NAPHL lead in wins (8), was second in goals against average (1.08), tied for third in save percentage (.940), and went 8-0-0-0 in nine appearances. Fellow netminder Matthew Genter was tied for third in the league for wins (7), was seventh in save percentage (.932) and went 7-1-0-1 in nine appearances.
Stevenson, named NAPHL 16U Coach of the Year last season, has compiled a record of 32-5-1-1 through two seasons since being named head coach in Everett. His two top leading scorers from last season, forwards Dawson Butt (Everett Silvertips) and Hunter Campbell (Calgary Hitmen) are currently skating in the WHL. Stevenson suited up in 644 career games across 13 seasons as a forward in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, and Philadelphia Flyers with 190 points (75g-115a) and 969 penalty minutes. He hoisted the Stanley Cup as a member of New Jersey in 2002-03, skating in 23 postseason games with four points (1g-3a).
For his career in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he appeared in 67 games to go with 18 points (6g-12a). The coaches he skated for in his NHL career include Pat Burns, Larry Robinson, and Alain Vigneault.
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