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Colorado Avalanche prospect report: Nikolai Kovalenko scored four goals this week

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Sampo Ranta extended his point-streak to six games.

Kontinental Hockey League: Spartak Moscow vs Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images

With December looming, so too does the World Juniors (where we could see a number of Colorado Avalanche prospects representing their countries on the biggest of junior stages). The season is flying by, and it was a pretty good week for Avs prospects all around.

Canadian Hockey League

WHL

#44 - Bowen Byram (D)
Vancouver Giants (12-10-2)

The Giants ended the week on a high note with a big overtime win. Byram had a goal and an assist in two games:

He’s now up to 16 points in 22 games, and the Giants still sit third in the division.

#34 - Sasha Mutala (RW)
Tri-City Americans (11-8-3)

There were three games for Tri-City last week, and Mutala contributed two assists. He’s now up to 24 points in 21 games, but the Americans slipped down to first in the Western conference wildcard race.

#27 - Luka Burzan (C)
Brandon Wheat Kings (11-14-1)

Burzan had a goal and three assists in three games last week (unfortunately, there aren’t any videos of his points).

The Wheat Kings sit second in the Eastern conference wildcard race, and Burzan has 25 points in 26 games this season.

QMJHL

#16 - Alex Beaucage (RW)
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (13-10-3)

It was another three-point weekend for Beaucage, who put up two goals and an assist in three games.

Beaucage has 31 points in 26 games this season.

NCAA

HOCKEY EAST

#18 - Alex Newhook (C)
Boston College Eagles (7-4-0)

The Eagles had the weekend off.

#4 - Drew Helleson (D)
Boston College Eagles (7-4-0)

They’ll play Yale tomorrow night, actually. And Harvard on Friday.

BIG TEN

#26 - Cam Morrison (LW)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-2-2)

One tie and one loss against Michigan State for Notre Dame over the weekend. Morrison had two assists, including the primary apple on this goal:

#4 - Nick Leivermann (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-2-2)

Leivermann scored!

And he almost had another one, too:

#2 - Nate Clurman (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-2-2)

No points for Clurman this week. Notre Dame will play a home-and-home series against Bowling Green next weekend.

#58 - Sampo Ranta (RW)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-6-3)

It was a big weekend for the Gophers, who went 1-0-1 against the offensively dangerous Badgers.

Here’s a good scoring chance he had:

Ranta scored one goal to increase his point streak to six games:

Minnesota will play two games against North Dakota next weekend.

#25 - Denis Smirnov (RW)
Penn State Nittany Lions (10-3-0)

In their two games against Ohio State over the weekend, the Lions won their first game and tied the second game. Smirnov registered two assists, including the primary assist on this goal:

Penn State will head on the road next weekend to play Merrimack and UMass-Lowell.

NCHC

#40 - Tyler Weiss (LW)
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (6-4-2)

It was another pointless week for Weiss, whose Mavericks lost and tied their two-game series against Miami over the weekend. Omaha has a bye-week upcoming, and won’t play again until December.

ECAC

#20 - Matthew Stienburg (RW)
Cornell Big Red (8-0-0)

Cornell continues to roll through opponents, and are just one of two teams who remain undefeated in the entire country. They rattled off two wins against Quinnipiac and Princeton last week, but Stienburg went pointless (despite playing on Cornell’s top line).

Stienburg was on the receiving end of a hit to the head. Thankfully, he was all right:

Cornell will play one game against Boston University next week, looking to extend their undefeated streak.

Europe

KHL

#51 - Nikolai Kovalenko (RW)
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (17-13-1)

All right, so the title of this article was a bit of clickbait. Technically, Kovalenko scored four goals, but one of them was in the shootout. Not that it really matters. It finally looks as though he’s getting the hang of the KHL:

After struggling out of the gate, things finally seem to be turning around for Lokomotiv. The team has climbed back into a playoff spot and sit seventh in the conference. Kovalenko is now up to 10 points in 28 games.

#2 - Danila Zhuravlyov (D)
Ak Bars Kazan (24-5-1)

Bars played three games last week, all of them wins. Although Zhuravlyov didn’t record any points, the team still sits first in the conference.

All statistics from the WHL, QMJHL, Flashscore, and the NCAA team websites.