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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 entered the weekend with a very important conference series against the Miami RedHawks. Denver needs points in a tightly packed conference. On Friday, Denver earned a key 3-1 road win over the RedHawks. Leading the way offensively for the Pioneers was Trevor Moore, who scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season.

Yet, it was the hometown RedHawks who got on the board first, when Riley Barber (11) stung the Pioneers with a short-handed marker in the first period. Emil Romig (2) would tie the game 41 seconds into the second frame. Both of Moore's tallies came in the final period. Tanner Jaillet put up a strong performance with 27 saves.

Will Butcher and his defensive partner, Josiah Didier, helped to keep Miami's offense at bay. On Saturday, Miami's offense found its stride. Anthony Louis (4) and Cody Murphy (9) gave the RedHawks a 2-0 lead past the midway point of the second period. Zac Larraza (7) had the lone marker for the Pioneers, also in the second period.

Murphy (10) would score again for Miami in the third and Blake Coleman (10) sealed the game with an empty net tally. MIami earns the series split with a 4-1 win. Tanner Jaillet took the loss in net for Denver, stopping 30 shots. Will Butcher was minus two for Denver. He had three shots in the game.

With the series split, the Pioneers remain ranked 11th in the nation. In the NCHC however, Denver is in the middle of the pack with a 7-6-0 conference record (14-8-1 overall).  Denver will look to improve upon their conference record when they host Minnesota-Duluth this weekend.

St. Cloud State split a weekend series against Western Michigan. The Huskies pounded the Broncos 7-0 on Friday night in front of a home crowd. David Morley scored twice for SCSU and Joey Benik added four helpers. On Saturday, Western Michigan edged St. Cloud 3-2. The Huskies gave up three unanswered goals after opening the game with a 2-0 lead. Ben Storm played on the third defensive pairing for St. Cloud in both games. The 10-13-1 Huskies will visit Colorado College this weekend.

Other Colorado Division I Men's Hockey Results:

Colorado College was swept this weekend by North Dakota. UND squeaked out a 2-1 win on Friday and topped the Tigers 5-3 on Saturday. Record: 5-16-1 // Up Next: St. Cloud State (2)

Air Force earned a weekend sweep with 2-1 (overtime) and 6-2 wins over American International.  Record: 11-13-3 (overall) // Up Next: Robert Morris (2)

Avs CHL Prospects Stats

(for games played through January 26, 2015)

Player Team League Position GP G A TP P/M PIM
Chris Bigras Owen Sound OHL D 41 14 30 44 5 38
Conner Bleackley Red Deer WHL C/RW 45 22 21 43 9 45
Mason Geertsen Vancouver WHL D 47 9 21 30 9 85
Nick Magyar Kitchener OHL RW 41 9 9 18 -3 10
Julien Nantel Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL C 44 17 23 40 1 26
Alexis Pepin* Val-d'Or QMJHL LW 31 12 6 18 -9 28
Kyle Wood North Bay OHL D 43 12 15 27 3 14
GP GA GAA SV% W L
Spencer Martin** Mississauga OHL G 31 85 2.98 0.921 15 13
OTL SOL SO
1 0 1

*Alexis Pepin was traded from Gatineau to Val-d'Or for Gabriel Bilodeau and two second round draft picks on January 6, 2015.

**Spencer Martin had season ending knee surgery earlier this month.