Slaght, Jets enter NAPHL Fall Championship weekend

Trevor Slaght, 17, from Wisconsin Dells will join his Janesville Jets teammates at the NAPHL Tier 1 West Conference championship.

Slaght, a junior at Wisconsin Dells High School entering his third season with the RWD varsity club will wrap up the ‘Before’ portion of the Before and After schedule with the AAA Jets team looking to claim a conference title at the event that will be part of several NAPHL events at Schwan Super Rinks in Blaine, Minnesota.

The Jets enter the event tied for third in the NAPHL Fall League with a solid shot of moving up over the weekend.

The 5-3 Jets will start out play Friday night at the multi-rink complex against the 1-6 Austin Bruins. The Jets met the Bruins previously on Sept. 6 at a Duluth event and collected a 4-2 win.

On Saturday morning, the Jets will return to play the Magicians at Schwan. The Magicians from the Guest Division met up with the Jets on Sept. 20, also in Blaine, the Jets grabbing a 3-2 edge in overtime.

Perhaps the biggest game of the weekend for the Jets will come Saturday night when they play the Michigan Hockey Advancement Mudbugs in an 8 p.m. faceoff. The Mudbugs enter the final weekend of the season ranked first in the Fall League with a 7-1 overall record. That defeat was a 6-3 decision suffered at the hands of the Jets on Sept. 18.

Playoff matches will take place on Sunday.

So far this season, Slaght has collected a goal and three assists for the Jets.

NAPHL U-18 Fall League

Standings as of Oct. 15, 2020



Team                                                     W           L              OTL        SOL        F-A                         Pt

MHA Mudbugs                                      7              1              0              0              39-16                     21

Fairbanks Ice Dogs                                 6              2              0              0              36-21                     17

Janesville Jets                                       5              3              0              0              23-21                    14

Minnesota Wilderness                            5              3              0              0              24-23                     14

Minnesota Magicians Elite                      1              6              0              1              15-37                     4

Chippewa Falls Steel                                1              6              0              0              10-31                     3

Austin Bruins                                            1              6              0              0              14-26                     3


Ducks – Vipers to square off Sunday in USPHL contest

Forced to postpone games in recent weeks, the Ducks have scheduled a game for Sunday at the Lake Delton Ice Arena against the Rochester Vipers.

This promises to be an interesting battle as both clubs head into the weekend still searching for their first USPHL Premier League win.

The Ducks have dropped two each against the Chicago Cougars and Steele County Blades and have struggled at both ends of the ice, outscored so far 33-3. The Vipers meanwhile have had a little more success offensively, but still find themselves at 0-5 and outscored by a margin of 55-15. While the Sunday night tilt will be the lone game of the weekend for the Ducks, the Vipers are scheduled to play host to the Minnesota Mullets on Saturday evening.

Last season the Ducks finished eighth in the nine-team Midwest-West Divisoin, ahead of only the Vipers who missed the post season. Both teams are looking to make strides forward this season despite their respective slow starts.

Game time at the Lake Delton Ice Arena Sunday will be 6:30 p.m. The following weekend will see all nine USPHL teams in action at the Midwest-West Division Showcase event at Fogerty Ice Arena in Blaine, Minnesota.


NHL legend, Thornton to join Aeschlimann on HC Davos

Sandro Aeschlimann, 25, the goaltender that led the Dells Ducks to its only Bush Cup Championship in 2014 has entered his fifth season playing professional hockey in his home country of Switzerland.

Beginning last season, Aeschlimann has suited up for HC Davos, in the small but vibrant tourist community at the base of the Swiss Alps.

Sandro Aeschlimann

Davos is likely most known by hockey enthusiasts on this side of the Atlantic as the annual site of the Spengler Cup Tournament a Christmas season event that matches pro club teams from across Europe, usually including teams made up of Canadian and American pros from European teams.

This season, Aeschlimann, the Davos team has struggled a bit out of the gate, sticking with Aeschlimann in its first two games, a 5-2 loss against Geneve-Servette, a team out of Geneva that includes former NHLers Eric Fehr, Daniel Winnick and Linus Omark on Oct. 2 and a 4-3 defeat against Lausanne HC on home ice.

Aeschlimann went between the pipes in the second  league matches, stopping 30 of 34 shots faced.

hile the team is off to an 0-2 start in league matches, it did get a big win in Swiss Cup play Wednesday, defeating EHC Seewen by a 7-1 count.

The team got a huge boost with a headline Thursday announcing Joe Thornton, a prolific NHL player currently unsigned for the 2020-21 NHL campaign has signed on with Davos.

The team will be back in action Saturday traveling to play the 1-3 SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers.