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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.

Graig Abel

The Denver Pioneers returned to conference play by hosting the Western Michigan Broncos this past weekend. The Broncos entered the series with a 2-5-0 record. The Pioneers were coming off an intense two game series against Boston College (in which the club earned a split).

Denver head coach Jim Montgomery tapped Tanner Jaillet as the starter in net for the Pioneers. Western Michigan fired off 16 shots on the Denver net; three of which beat Jaillet. Rather than panicking, the Pioneers began to chip away at the Broncos lead scoring twice (Joey LaLeggia and Ty Loney) before the end of the opening frame.

Will Butcher assisted on Ty Loney's second goal of the game, past the midway point of the second period, to tie the game at three. A goal from LaLeggia (2), would give Denver a 4-3 lead entering the third period. The Pioneers would give up that lead towards the end of regulation. Yet, Emil Romig would come to Denver's rescue less than a minute later and the Pioneers would hold on to a 5-4 win.

Tanner Jaillet finished with 24 saves and Will Butcher added three shots on goal to the assist he recorded.

Saturday's tilt also found Denver in an early deficit. Joey LaLeggia's fourth goal of the season was sandwiched between four first period goals by the Broncos. A power play goal in the second frame brought Denver a bit closer to Western Michigan. Kyle Novak regained the three goal lead for the Broncos, before the Pioneers pulled within two before the end of the period.

Denver could only mount seven shots in the third period and Western Michigan sealed the game with an empty net marker with 43 seconds remaining. The Broncos earned a weekend split with a 6-3 win. Will Butcher manged four shots on goal for Denver. Evan Cowley was pulled towards the end of the first period after giving up four goals on just nine shots. Tanner Jaillet stopped 15 of 16 shots in relief.

Denver fell to 11th in this week's USCHO.com Division I Men's poll. The 5-3-0 Pioneers will host in-state rival Colorado College on Friday.

St. Cloud State dropped a pair of games this past weekend. First losing 3-2 in overtime to Minnesota-Duluth on Friday; followed by a 3-1 loss to the same Bulldogs squad on Saturday evening.  Ben Storm returned to the lineup in Saturday's contest. He saw ice time on SCSU's third defensive pairing. The Huskies, now 3-5-0, will visit Western Michigan this weekend.

Other Colorado Division I Men's Hockey results:

Colorado College had a rough weekend at Miami; taking a pair of losses 3-0 and 5-1. Aaron Harstad had the lone goal over the weekend for the Tigers. CC is now 2-6-0. Up Next: at Denver

Air Force played host to Alabama-Huntsville over the weekend. Alabama-Huntsville earned their first win of the season on Friday with a 4-2 win over the Falcons. The two schools skated to a 3-3 tie on Saturday. Air Force now sits at 2-6-1. Up Next: at Robert Morris (2)

Avs CHL Prospect Stats

(for games played through November 10, 2014)

Team League Position GP G A TP P/M PIM
Chris Bigras Owen Sound OHL D 18 6 11 17 -1 18
Conner Bleackley Red Deer WHL C/RW 16 5 9 14 0 22
Mason Geertsen Vancouver WHL D 15 1 9 10 5 31
Nick Magyar Kitchener OHL RW 17 6 2 8 -1 6
Julien Nantel Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL C 17 7 9 16 -2 8
Alexis Pepin Gatineau QMJHL LW 9 4 3 7 -2 6
Kyle Wood North Bay OHL D 16 5 1 6 0 4
GP GA GAA SV% W L
Spencer Martin Mississauga OHL G 14 44 3.12 0.921 6 7
OTL SOL SO
1 0 0

CHL News and Notes:

The Subway Super Series got underway on Monday. Here is the 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

Game 1 ended in a 3-2 shoot-out win for the Russian Selects against Team WHL. Conner Bleackley didn't have a significant impact during regulation, but did participate in the shoot-out. He did not score on his opportunity.