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Avs NCAA and CHL Prospects Weekly Update

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News and notes on Colorado Avalanche prospects playing in the NCAA and CHL.

Derek Leung

After opening the regular season with a home sweep of RPI, the Denver Pioneers headed out on the road to begin NCHC play against Minnesota-Duluth. On Friday, the Pioneers skated to a 3-1 win over the Bulldogs. Evan Cowley had another strong performance with 30 saves. Will Butcher had two shots in the game, to go along with a power play assist in the third period.

On Saturday, things took a different turn for Denver. After a scoreless first period, the Bulldogs opened the scoring with a short-handed marker in the second frame. Once UMD took a 2-0 lead, things began to deteriorate for the Pioneers. Joey LaLeggia was ejected for hitting from behind. Minnesota-Duluth would add on four more goals before the Pioneers finally got on the board in the later stages of regulation.

Will Butcher had an assist on Nolan Zajac's first goal of the season. Evan Cowley could only withstand so much pressure. He made 18 saves in the first period and was eventually replaced by Tanner Jaillet in the third period. Cowley finished with 34 saves in the 6-1 loss for Denver.

The Pioneers remain ranked 11th in this week's USCHO.com Division I Men's poll.  This weekend, Denver faces a tough challenge when fifth ranked Boston College pays Magness Arena a visit.

St. Cloud State had the daunting task of visiting defending champion Union this past weekend. Union entered the series with a 4-0-0 record. They made quick work of the Huskies with three first period goals en route to a 5-1 win on Friday. The lone goal for SCSU came off the stick of sophomore defenseman Ben Storm; his first collegiate goal. The goal was scored with five seconds remaining in the game.

Things were much closer on Saturday night. An even strength goal by Brooks Bertsch broke a 2-2 tie at the 8:18 mark of the third period. St. Cloud State would hold on for a 3-2 win, giving Union their first loss on the young season. Seventh ranked SCSU will have a home-and-home with rival Minnesota this weekend.

Other Colorado Division I Men's Hockey results:

Colorado College fell to 2-4-0 with a pair of 6-2 loses to Boston College and New Hampshire this past week. Up Next: at Miami (Nov 7-8)

The Air Force Falcons split a weekend series against RIT. The Falcons were routed 5-1 on Friday before earning a 4-3 victory in overtime on Saturday evening. Up Next: at North Dakota

Avs CHL Prospects Stats

(for games played through October 27, 2014)

Team League Position GP G A TP P/M PIM
Chris Bigras Owen Sound OHL D 14 4 8 12 0 16
Conner Bleackley Red Deer WHL C/RW 11 3 9 12 2 10
Mason Geertsen Vancouver WHL D 12 1 8 9 4 25
Nick Magyar Kitchener OHL RW 13 4 2 6 -4 4
Julien Nantel Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL C 12 6 5 11 -1 6
Alexis Pepin Gatineau QMJHL LW 6 3 3 6 -1 4
Kyle Wood North Bay OHL D 11 4 0 4 1 2
GP GA GAA SV% W L
Spencer Martin Mississauga OHL G 9 29 3.18 0.920 5 3
OTL SOL SO
1 0 0

CHL News and Notes:

The Ontario Hockey League announced their roster for the upcoming Subway Super Series this past week. Chris Bigras, Spencer Martin, and Kyle Wood were tapped for the OHL squad. Conner Bleackley will play for the WHL team.

2014 Subway Super Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Monday, November 10 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 2 – Tuesday, November 11 at Brandon, MB
Game 3 – Thursday, November 13 at Peterborough, ON
Game 4 – Monday, November 17 at Kingston, ON

Game 5 – Tuesday, November 18 at Bathurst, NB
Game 6 – Thursday, November 20 at Rimouski, QC

Subway Super Series (website link)

It was a big week for Conner Bleackley, who was just named Denny's WHL Player of the Week. Bleackley had a goal and five assists last week. He had the game winning goal in Saturday's 5-1 win over Moose Jaw. Bleackley also had two helpers in the game. In Friday's 6-3 win over Prince George, Bleackley had three assists.