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Avs NCAA and CHL Prospects Weekly Update

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

Bruce Bennett

In the first of four meetings on Friday, the Denver Pioneers were eager in their quest to reclaim the Gold Pan from in-state rival Colorado College. The Tigers were in possession of the Gold Pan, after going 2-1-1 against the Pioneers last season. Jim Montgomery, in his second season as DU's head coach, must have been pleased with the effort exerted by his club early in the contest.

Just 1:23 into the opening period, the Pioneers were on the board. Danton Heinen recorded his fourth goal of the season. Nolan Zajac tacked on his third goal of the year just 23 seconds after Heinen's marker. From that point, the rout was on. Daniel Doremus (2) and Heinen (5) scored to cap off a four goal first period for Denver. The lone Colorado College marker, by Scott Wamsganz (1), also came in the opening frame.

By the 13:03 mark of the second period, the Pioneers had extended their lead to 7-1 on goals by Matt Marcinew (2), Gabe Levin (1), and Joey LaLeggia (5). It was also at this point in the contest when things started to get a bit more chippy. Multiple entanglements saw six 10-minute misconducts and two game misconducts handed out between the two clubs between the 13:14 mark of the second period up until the 13:03 mark of the third.

Trevor Moore (3) would cap off the scoring for Denver with under four minutes remaining in the game. The 8-1 thumping saw the Pioneers carry a 35-26 shot advantage in the contest. Will Butcher had a quieter game than many of his mates; firing off two shots on goal and earning a plus one rating. Unlike several other members of his team, he managed to stay out of the penalty box.

Evan Cowley had the start in net for Denver. With 25 saves, he improved his record to 5-3-0. The 10th ranked Pioneers now sit at 6-3-0. Denver will host Air Force and Wisconsin this weekend. Meanwhile, Colorado College will entertain the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday evening before heading to the Cadet Ice Arena on Saturday for a meeting with the Air Force Falcons. Denver and Colorado College will not face each other again until February.

After dropping three straight games, the St. Cloud State Huskies got back on track by earning three points in a two-game set at Western Michigan. The Huskies held on to earn a 4-3 win on Friday. SCSU scored three times in the second period, but relied on some steady goaltending from Charlie Lindren to earn the victory. The Broncos had a 34-18 shot advantage.

Saturday's contest was more of a tighter affair as the clubs skated to a 1-1 tie. Shots were a bit more even, with a slight 23-22 edge going to the Broncos. Ben Storm suited up for both games for SCSU. He was paired up with Mika Ilvonen in both games. St. Cloud State's overall record now sits at 4-5-1. The Huskies will host North Dakota this weekend.

Other Colorado Division I Men's Hockey results:

The Air Force Falcons had some road success this past weekend; earning a 3-3 tie and 2-1 overtime win over Robert Morris. Air Force is now 3-6-2. Up Next: at Denver (Fri)/ Colorado College (Sat)

Avs CHL Prospects Stats

(for games played through November 17, 2014)

Team League Position GP G A TP P/M PIM
Chris Bigras Owen Sound OHL D 20 7 13 20 2 20
Conner Bleackley Red Deer WHL C/RW 20 6 12 18 3 28
Mason Geertsen Vancouver WHL D 19 1 12 13 6 35
Nick Magyar Kitchener OHL RW 17 6 2 8 -1 6
Julien Nantel Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL C 19 8 10 18 0 8
Alexis Pepin Gatineau QMJHL LW 11 4 4 8 -2 6
Kyle Wood North Bay OHL D 19 6 3 9 -1 6
Spencer Martin Mississauga OHL G 16 47 2.92 0.925 8 7
1 0 0

CHL News and Notes:

The Subway Super Series resumed with three games games this week. The first was the second game between Team WHL and the Russian Selects. As in the first game, the Russian club won by a 3-2 score. Conner Bleackley had one of the two goals for the WHL squad.

The series shifted to the OHL on Thursday. The Russian dominance on the scoreboard continued; as Team Russia beat Team OHL 4-0. Spencer Martin was the goaltender of record for the OHL; stopping 22 shots. Chris Bigras suited up for the OHL squad as an alternate captain.

On Monday, the tide turned for the Canadian Hockey League, as the Russian squad lost their first game of the series 5-1. Team OHL did all of their damage in the first 40 minutes of the game. Chris Bigras had a helper in the contest, but captured attention for his strong two-way presence. Kyle Wood had a plus one rating. Spencer Martin served as the backup to Mackenzie Blackwood, who had 31 saves.