Five prospects had the week off (well, four had the week off and one’s season still hasn’t started), but luckily the prospects who did play had good weeks. For the most part, anyways. We got a lot of NCAA milestones, so enjoy!
Canadian Hockey League
#44 - Bowen Byram (D)
Vancouver Giants (7-7-0)
First, Byram was named to Team WHL for the Canada-Russia series as both countries begin their player evaluations for the 2020 World Juniors:
Bowen Byram has been named to team WHL for the @cibc Canada - Russia Series! This is will be the defender’s second appearance in the series. Congrats @bowenbyram!#CANvsRUS pic.twitter.com/WKDxIAyd54— Vancouver Giants (@WHLGiants) October 16, 2019
Byram had a goal and an assist in three games this week, and his second goal of the season was a beauty:
October 20, 2019
He now has 12 points in 12 games, and Vancouver has climbed up to 2nd in their division.
#WHLThreeStars ⭐⭐⭐— The WHL (@TheWHL) October 20, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019 pic.twitter.com/IRQSDyjnPS
#34 - Sasha Mutala (RW)
Tri-City Americans (6-4-0)
It was just a one-goal week for Mutala, whose Americans played twice, but it was enough to extend his point streak:
#DubberSays Sasha Mutala of @TCAmericans extends his point streak to 6 games with a single marker vs EVT... over this steak he’s recorded 4G 4A with only 1 multi point game #DubberStats— The Dub Fanaholics. (@DubFanaholic) October 19, 2019
#WHL points per game leaders (per Quant Hockey):— Josh Horton (@JoshHortonEDH) October 20, 2019
1. Bryce Kindopp, EVT - 1.800
2. Carson Focht, CGY - 1.71
3. Connor Zary, KAM - 1.64
4. Aliaksei Protas, PA - 1.56
T5. Sasha Mutala, TC - 1.50
T5. Yegor Zamula,CGY - 1.50
T5. Mark Kastelic,CGY - 1.50
T5. Brayden Tracey, MJ - 1.50
Mutala now has 12 points in nine games and Tri-City sits second in the U.S. Division.
#27 - Luka Burzan (C)
Brandon Wheat Kings (4-7-0)
Brandon played three games last week, but Burzan went pointless (again). On the brighter side, he’ll also play for Team WHL in November!
Luka and Schneids have cracked the Team WHL roster! #BWKBoys https://t.co/pTnCI6y9Vi— Brandon Wheat Kings (@bdnwheatkings) October 16, 2019
Congratulations to Brandon Wheat Kings, Braden Schneider and Luka Burzan on being named to the Team WHL Roster for the 2019 @cibc #CANvsRUS Series! @bradenschneid @LBurzan #BWKBoys pic.twitter.com/zf3eyOuWbf— Brandon Wheat Kings (@bdnwheatkings) October 16, 2019
#16 - Alex Beaucage (RW)
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (6-6-1)
Beaucage will represent Team QMJHL in the Canada-Russia series, giving Colorado three representatives! Go Avs!
Les commentaires d'Alex Beaucage suite à sa sélection!— | Huskies RN (@HuskiesRn) October 16, 2019
La formation prendra part aux deux premiers matchs de la Série, les 4 et 5 novembre prochain!#HuskiesRNation pic.twitter.com/D0Wqa3hy6b
BUT HUSKIES— | Huskies RN (@HuskiesRn) October 19, 2019
Alex Beaucage vient égaliser le pointage!
Huskies 1 / Foreurs /#HuskiesRNation #RivalitéLHJMQ
Beaucage had another strong week, recording a goal and two assists in two games. He now has 15 points in 13 games to open the season, and Rouyn sits second in the conference.
#18 - Alex Newhook (C)
Boston College Eagles (2-2-0)
Boston College was in Denver last weekend, which gave Avs fans plenty of opportunities to watch him (and Drew Helleson):
A quick skate before a back-to-back for Boston College!#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/CD41tv7h1v— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) October 18, 2019
Familiar faces in familiar places! #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/nWlxmHRYGc— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) October 18, 2019
Hype for game day! #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/vYoXHxWBez— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) October 18, 2019
In case you missed it, Sportsnet (Canada) wrote about Newhook’s special bond with his sister, Abby:
Born and raised in St. John’s, N.L., Alex and Abby Newhook share a bond that's fueled by their love of the game. It's a bond that's had to extend itself as both players chase their hockey dreams across the continent.@hometownhockey_ | @loung_shttps://t.co/BqKeljPshp— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 18, 2019
And I guess I shouldn’t drag this out any longer. Newhook scored his first collegiate goal in BC’s second game of the weekend, and it was a shorthanded beauty:
Alex Newhook!!! His first career goal from Marshall Warren shorthanded #wearebc pic.twitter.com/m7M6zhZBkH— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) October 20, 2019
Alex Newhook cleans up in front of the net for career goal number 1 #WeAreBC pic.twitter.com/twuEISFClo— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) October 20, 2019
Fellow MHH writer Scott was in attendance on Saturday and was able to talk to Newhook postgame:
Newhook is straight up playing 90-second to 2-minute long shifts this period. And that's not even an exaggeration...— Scott MacDonald (@0ffScottFree) October 20, 2019
Alex Newhook on being back in Denver: “It’s nice. To be back in a familiar place and being here for (development) camp — it’s nice being back. And with a little bit of attention around the @Avalanche and stuff like that it’s cool. It’s been a good weekend.” #GoAvsGo— Scott MacDonald (@0ffScottFree) October 20, 2019
Alex Newhook on choosing the NCAA over major juniors: "For me to come down and to really get the best of both worlds here with the education and the hockey — it was kind of a no-brainer for me.”#GoAvsGo— Scott MacDonald (@0ffScottFree) October 20, 2019
#4 - Drew Helleson (D)
Boston College Eagles (2-2-0)
And not to be outdone, Helleson also got on the scoresheet for his first career NCAA goal!
Drew Helleson pulls the Eagles within one with his first career goal. Eagles trail 5-4 at 14:36 #wearebc pic.twitter.com/ullTNH59ye— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) October 20, 2019
A night of firsts! Helleson scores from the blue line #WeAreBC pic.twitter.com/nII5ght4YQ— BC Hockey (@BCHockey) October 20, 2019
Scott’s observations of Helleson from Saturday:
For those wondering, Drew Helleson hasn't been very noticeable in this game at DU. Which, as a defenseman, isn't necessarily a bad thing. It means he's quietly doing his job. That, and he's playing bottom-pairing minutes...#GoAvsGo— Scott MacDonald (@0ffScottFree) October 20, 2019
It’s kind of fitting that both Newhook and Helleson scored their first NCAA goals in Colorado, isn’t it?
We drafted them together this summer and now Alex Newhook and Drew Helleson both scored their first collegiate goals together in Colorado.— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) October 21, 2019
So special. #WeAreBC #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/vw4zBVLC9K
#26 - Cam Morrison (LW)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-0-0)
Notre Dame had the weekend off.
#4 - Nick Leivermann (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-0-0)
#2 - Nate Clurman (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-0-0)
#58 - Sampo Ranta (RW)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-1-0)
The Gophers swept Niagara over the weekend, and Ranta scored! Well, at first it was credited to a teammate, but corrected after the game:
We have a scoring update for you:— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) October 19, 2019
The #Gophers first goal has now been credited to Sampo Ranta with the tip out in front of the net.
That's Ranta's second goal of the season, with assists to Stucker and McLaughlin. pic.twitter.com/k06bBLkCWY
Here is the goal (you can spot Ranta as the net-front screen):
#Gophers playing tic, tac, toe! McLaughlin ➡️ LaCombe ➡️ Stucker to tie the game on the power play. pic.twitter.com/WboYYu4RDU— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) October 19, 2019
Minnesota is tied with two other teams for the top record in the Big Ten conference, and they’ll take on defending champion and rival Minnesota Duluth next weekend.
#25 - Denis Smirnov (RW)
Penn State Nittany Lions (3-1-0)
It was a three point weekend for Smirnov (one goal, two assists), who set a hit a career points milestone:
With his two assists tonight, @dsmirnov17 becomes the fifth Nittany Lion in program history to hit the 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ point mark for his career!! #WeAre #HockeyValley pic.twitter.com/y9guZ4QM86— Penn State Men’s Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) October 18, 2019
ICYMI: Senior @dsmirnov17 became the fifth member of the 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣-point club at Penn State during Thursday night’s 7-0 victory over Alaska-Fairbanks!! @FargoForce @Avalanche #WeAre #HockeyValley #TheMagician pic.twitter.com/8cO5dSrpjp— Penn State Men’s Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) October 18, 2019
Here are all of the goals from that game (Smirnov scored the seventh goal and assisted on the second and sixth markers):
Check out the highlights as 7⃣ different goal scorers lead No. 9/8 Penn State to a 7-0 victory over Alaska-Fairbanks on Thursday night!! #WeAre #HockeyValley pic.twitter.com/cv04CfZ4Cb— Penn State Men’s Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) October 18, 2019
.@PennStateMHKY won handily last night and got a vintage performance from one of its key forwardshttps://t.co/RdpphfS9Di— The Daily Collegian (@DailyCollegian) October 18, 2019
#40 - Tyler Weiss (LW)
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (3-1-0)
Another pointless weekend for Weiss, although he did dress for both of Omaha’s games (a split against Ohio State) this past weekend. The Mavericks have the second best record in the conference and look a lot stronger than last season.
#20 - Matthew Stienburg (RW)
Cornell Big Red (0-0-0)
Cornell’s season starts in... 12 days. I hate this.
#51 - Nikolai Kovalenko (RW)
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (8-10-0)
Lokomotiv only played once last week and Kovalenko didn’t record any points (although he did get a shootout opportunity, which he didn’t score on). Lokomotiv sits ninth in the KHL’s Western Conference.
#2 - Danila Zhuravlyov (D)
Ak Bars Kazan (14-4-0)
Bars gave their 19-year old defender the week off, as they currently still sit first in the conference and only played twice last week. Hopefully Zhuravlyov gets back into the lineup for the next game.
Statistics from the WHL, QMJHL, Flashscore, and the NCAA school websites.