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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.

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The Denver Pioneers entertained non-conference opponents this past weekend, when they welcomed Air Force and Wisconsin. On Friday, the Pioneers faced little resistance from their in-state foe, by throttling the Falcons 7-0. Denver held Air Force to just 16 shots on goal; all stopped by starting netminder Evan Cowley (6-3-0).

Larkin Jacobson (1) had the lone tally in the first period for the Pioneers. Denver would score four times in the second period, including a natural hat trick from Ottawa Senators prospect Quentin Shore (2,3,4). Trevor Moore had the other marker on a power play opportunity. Will Butcher, who assisted on Moore's fourth goal of the season, notched his first of the year, also on the power play.

In total, the Pioneers scored three power play goals on a five minute major, that was a result of a checking from behind hit by Falcon Dan Weissenhofer late in the second period. Zac Larraza (4) scored the final goal of the game near the midway point of the final frame.

On Saturday, the Pioneers had a tougher contest against the Wisconsin Badgers. Daniel Doremus (3) opened the scoring for Denver at the 9:29 mark of the first period. The Badgers would tie it up just 40 seconds into the second frame as Wisconsin took advantage of a power play. Quentin Shore (5) would score on the power play to regain the lead for the Pioneers.

Thanks to a great effort from Doremus, who fed a puck to an open Danton Heinen (6) while on his stomach, the Pioneers extended their lead to 3-1 in the third period. The Badgers would pull within one at the 14:38 mark of the third period, but could not find the equalizer. The Pioneers managed to hold Wisconsin to five shots in the third period and 21 overall in the game.

Will Butcher had three shots in the contest, while Tanner Jaillet earned his second win of the season with 19 saves. The Pioneers, still ranked 10th in this week's USCHO.com Men's Division I poll, are off this weekend and will face the Big Red of Cornell on December 5th and 6th.

St. Cloud State split a two-game set this past weekend against conference opponent North Dakota. On Friday, the Huskies used two third period goals to beat North Dakota 3-1. However, the visitors would get their revenge by earning a 3-2 victory on Saturday. Ben Storm had three shots on goal in the Huskies win on Friday. The 16th ranked Huskies will visit Bemidji State this weekend.

Other Colorado Division I Men's Hockey results:

Colorado College earned a 5-2 win over Wisconsin on Friday evening. Jared Hanson and Cody Bradley each had a goal and an assist for the Tigers. On Saturday, the Air Force Falcons got the upper hand on Colorado College with a 3-1 win. Chris Truehl was strong in net for the Falcons with 35 saves.

Colorado College will have the weekend off before returning to action on December 5th (and 6th) at Minnesota-Duluth. Unlike CC and DU, Air Force will be playing this weekend as the Falcons visit Canisius.

Avs CHL Prospects Stats

(for games played through November 24, 2014)

Team League Position GP G A TP P/M PIM
Chris Bigras Owen Sound OHL D 23 8 14 22 0 26
Conner Bleackley Red Deer WHL C/RW 21 6 12 18 1 30
Mason Geertsen Vancouver WHL D 20 1 12 13 3 39
Nick Magyar Kitchener OHL RW 19 6 2 8 -2 8
Julien Nantel Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL C 22 10 13 23 2 12
Alexis Pepin Gatineau QMJHL LW 13 5 4 9 -1 6
Kyle Wood North Bay OHL D 21 6 3 9 0 6
GP GA GAA SV% W L
Spencer Martin Mississauga OHL G 19 58 3.09 0.922 9 9
OTL SOL SO
1 0 0