“They are finding their way,” Holmstrom said. “Everyone underestimates the size and speed. They did just fine over the weekend. They will mature very quickly.”

Fortunately for goaltenders, they have a good mix of experienced, older players in front of them — giving the Tigers a solid defensive corps and forwards group. Forward Liam Bland, 18, of Spokane, Washington, recorded four points (two goals) in as many games in Blaine, building on his eight-point performance in 20 NAPHL games last regular season. 

The Tigers are relying on goalies Keaton French (file photo) and Nicholas Junkin for success this season. Photo by Jeff Lawler, jefflawlerphotography.com