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Colorado Avalanche prospect report: The NCAA playoffs kick off, Ty Lewis scores 7 goals

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We’re off for two weeks and lots happened. NCAA and BCHL playoffs began and some players had big games. Let’s get into it.

Ontario Hockey League

#21 - Conor Timmins (D) - Injured
xyz - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - 52-6-2-2
1st overall - Clinched Hamilton Spectator Trophy

Timmins is expected to be back for a couple of tuneup games before the end to the regular season. Even without the OHL’s best defenseman, the Soo Greyhounds have clinched the Hamilton Spectator Trophy as regular season points leader. They’ll have home ice through the entire playoffs if they last.

#19 - Travis Barron (F) - 3G, 3A, +5
x - Ottawa 67’s - 28-26-5-3
7th in Eastern Conference, 3 points out of 6th.

Feb. 19th: vs Kitchener Rangers
L 3-2 - No Points
Feb. 22nd: @ Windsor Spitfires
L 2-1 - 0G, 1A
Feb. 23rd: @ London Knights
W 4-2 - 0G, 0A, +2
Feb. 25th: @ Kitchener Rangers
W 5-2 - 0G, 0A, +2
March 1st: @ North Bay Battalion
W 4-2 - 1G, 1A, +2

March 2nd: @ Hamilton Bulldogs
L 3-1 - 1G, 0A
March 4th: vs London Knights
L 7-5 - 1G, 1A, -1

Barron had a great week last week, despite the 67’s losing two games while he scored. They can still climb higher in the standings, and they are only five points away from 4th place and home ice.


Western Hockey League

#21 - Nick Henry (F) - 2G, 0A
Regina Pats

Feb. 19th: @ Prince Albert Raiders
W 3-1 - 1G, 0A, +2
Feb. 23rd: @ Saskatoon Blades
W 7-5 - No Points
Feb. 24th: @ Moose Jaw Warriors
L 3-2 - 0G, 0A, -1
March 3rd: @ Calgary Hitmen
W 3-2 OT - 0G, 0A, -1
March 4th: @ Edmonton Oil Kings
W 7-4 - 1G, 0A

#3 - Josh Anderson (D) - 0G, 1A, +4
Swift Current Broncos - 46-14-4-2
2nd in East Division, 2 points out of 1st.

Feb. 21st: vs Moose Jaw Warriors
W 4-2 - No Points
Feb. 24th: @ Red Deer Rebels
L 5-3 - Did Not Play
Feb. 25th: @ Edmonton Oil Kings
W 8-0 - 0G, 1A, +4
Feb. 27th: @ Calgary Hitmen
W 6-4 - No Points
March 2nd: vs Prince Albert Raiders
L 5-4 SO - No Points
March 3rd: vs Brandon Wheat Kings
W 3-1 - No Points

Anderson helped the Broncos, win 4 out of six games over the past two weeks including a shut out win. The Broncos have one challenge in the playoffs, and it will be in the second round against the Moose Jaw Warriors.

#14 - Ty Lewis (F) - 7G, 0A, +1
Brandon Wheat Kings - 34-26-3-2
1st Eastern Wild Card, 4 points out of division.

Feb. 19th: vs Moose Jaw Warriors
L 6-3 - 0G, 0A, -2
Feb. 23rd: @ Lethbridge Hurricanes
L 7-2 - Did Not Play
Feb. 24th: @ Medicine Hat Tigers
W 4-3 OT - Did Not Play
Feb. 25th: @ Calgary Hitmen
W 6-3 - 2G, 0A, +2
Feb. 27th: @ Prince Albert Raiders
L 6-2 - 2G, 0A, +1
March 2nd: vs Moose Jaw Warriors
W 4-2 - 3G, 0A, +2
March 3rd: @ Swift Current Broncos
L 3-1 - 0G, 0A, -2

Ty Lewis had a hot streak of 7 goals in 3 games, and he’s helping keep the Wheat Kings in their best possible playoff position, where they can plow through the Central Division, pushing Swift Current or Moose Jaw to the conference finals.


Junior A

#4 - Nick Leivermann (D) - 0G, 7A
Penticton Vees, BCHL
The Vees are leading the Coquitlam Express 2-0 in the first round of the BCHL playoffs.

Feb. 21st: @ Salmon Arm Silverbacks
W 8-1 - 0G, 2A
Feb. 24th: vs Wenatchee Wild
W 5-1 - 0G, 1A
Feb. 25th: vs Salmon Arm Silverbacks
L 5-4 OT - 1G, 0A

Playoffs

March 2nd: vs Coquitlam Express
W 2-1 - No Points
March 3rd: vs Coquitlam Express
W 9-2 - 0G, 4A

Leivermann ended the season with 3 points, and kicked off the playoffs with 4. Not a bad couple weeks.


USHL

#27 - Nathan Clurman (D)
Des Moines Buccaneers - 17-23-2-3
Last in Western Conference, 9 points back of 7th.

Nathan Clurman is injured and may miss the remainder of the season, which is just as well since the Buccaneers are out of the playoffs anyway.


NCAA

#16 - Cale Makar (D) - 2G, 1A, +2
UMass-Amherst Minutemen
Defeated Vermont 2-1 in the first round of Hockey East playoffs.

Feb. 22nd: @ Connecticut
W 3-2 - 1G, 0A, +1
Feb. 23rd: vs Providence
W 1-0 - No Points

Playoffs

March 1st: vs Vermont
W 3-2 - 1G, 1A

March 2nd: vs Vermont
L 4-3 - No Points
March 4th: vs Vermont
W 5-1 - 0G, 0A, +1

The season ended with two wins, and the first round of the playoffs was easily won with a 5-1 victory over the Catamounts. Next up: Northeastern.

#25 - Denis Smirnov (F) - 2G, 2A
Penn State Lions
Defeated Minnesota 2-0 in the Big10 first round.

Feb. 23rd: vs Minnesota
W 5-1 - No Points
Feb. 24th: vs Minnesota
W 5-2 - 1G, 1A, +1

Playoffs

March 2nd: vs Minnesota
W 5-3 - 1G, 1A
March 3rd: vs Minnesota
W 6-5 - 0G, 0A, -1

Two wins over Minnesota to end the season, and then two wins over Minnesota to claim the first round of the playoffs. Up next: Notre Dame.

#26 - Cameron Morrison (F) - 2G 1A, -1
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Received a bye to the second round of the Big10 playoffs

Feb. 23rd: vs Michigan State
W 6-3 - 2G, 0A, +1
Feb. 24th: vs Michigan State
L 4-3 - 0G, 1A, -2

A 1-1 finish to the season, but a week off of rest for their upcoming second round match against Penn State should help things head towards the finals.

#15 - Shane Bowers - 0G, 1A, +1
Boston University Terriers
Received a bye to the second round of Hockey East playoffs.

Feb. 23rd: vs Vermont
W 2-0 - No Points
Feb. 24th: vs Vermont
T 1-1 - 0G, 1A, +1

The Terriers got a bye to the second round, so they’re plenty rested for the big series against Connecticut.

Prospect PPG tracker

Player League Points Games PPG NHLe
Player League Points Games PPG NHLe
Ty Lewis WHL 95 67 1.42 31.39
Connor Timmins OHL 37 33 1.12 29.42
Denis Smirnov Big 10 27 29 0.93 26.72
Nick Leivermann BCHL 38 45 0.84 15.93
Shane Bowers Hockey East 30 36 0.83 25.28
Travis Baron OHL 52 64 0.81 21.32
Cale Makar Hockey East 21 34 0.62 18.74
Cameron Morrison Big 10 20 34 0.59 16.88
Nick Henry WHL 27 50 0.54 11.96
Josh Anderson WHL 14 51 0.27 6.08
Nathan Clurman USHL 6 38 0.16 2.98