WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Three Wildcats players posted strong performances at the North American Hockey League’s 2014 Top Prospects Tournament in Troy, Mich., which concluded on Tuesday.
Forward Kyle Bauman, defenseman Sam Piazza and goaltender David Zevnik represented Wichita Falls in front of a record number of college and professional scouts at the seventh annual event, which saw Team South lose both of its games.
Playing in his second Top Prospects Tournament, Bauman scored in Tuesday’s contest against Team Central, and also recorded eight shots on goal, tied for most on the team with Rio Grande Valley’s Evan Schmidbauer. Dating back to 2013, the second-year Wildcat now has three goals and an assist in five career games at the Top Prospects Tournament.
Piazza and Zevnik, each playing in their first Top Prospects Tournament, also had solid showings. Piazza had an assist and three shots on goal in the two games, while Zevnik made 15 saves on 18 shots in just over 60 minutes played.
The trio will rejoin the rest of the Wildcats this weekend when Wichita Falls travels to Odessa for a two-game series against the Jackalopes. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:17 p.m. both nights, with video coverage provided by FASTHockey.com and an audio-only broadcast available on UStream.com.
About the Top Prospects Tournament: The NAHL's annual Top Prospects Tournament is designed to provide participating players with maximum exposure to college coaches and professional scouts, and has become a must-see event for college coaches and National Hockey League scouts alike. Each year, the event draws over 200 scouts and serves as a launching pad for NAHL players to jump directly into the collegiate and professional ranks.