A trip to Blaine, Minnesota last weekend proved well worth the effort for the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy’s U18 midget team.
At a tournament which featured more the 330 scouts in attendance, POE posted a 4-1 record at the season-opening North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) Showcase.
Coached by former Kelowna Rocket and Alberta Golden Bear Ryan Wade, POE opened the tourney with a 4-1 win over the California Titans, the same team that eliminated the Kelowna-based academy from the NAPHL playoffs last season.
On Day 2, POE played twice, opening with a 6-3 win over the Phoenix Firebirds. Tyler Benson and Hunter Zandee scored twice each in the win.
Later in the day, POE defeated the Detroit Falcons 4-1 to move to 3-0.
On the third day, POE suffered its only loss of the weekend, 4-1 to the Texas Tornado.
The Pursuit U18s bounced back in their final game with a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Selects.
The result has the team tied for third place in the 16-team league after this first NAPHL event.