It was a quiet week for Avalanche prospects, despite all Big Ten prospects moving onto the next round of the playoffs.
Ontario Hockey League
#17 - Brandon Saigeon (C)
Oshawa Generals (42-20-4)
Saigeon became Mr. 300 on Saturday:
He had a relatively quiet week, only tallying one assist in four games. Saigeon is 12th in OHL scoring and has 88 points in 66 games this season.
The Generals have two more games remaining in the regular season, and sit third in the conference.
Western Hockey League
#21 - Nick Henry (RW)
Lethbridge Hurricanes (38-18-10)
The Hurricanes clinched a playoff spot last Wednesday and sit second in the division:
Henry had an empty-net goal and three assists in Lethbridge’s three games, hitting a milestone:
Henry has 91 points in 67 games, and sits seventh in WHL scoring. The Hurricanes will wrap up their regular season with back-to-back games this weekend, with their final game on Saturday.
#16 - Cale Makar (D)
UMass Minutemen (26-8-0)
Makar had two assists in the Minutemen’s final game of the season (a 4-3 loss to UConn). He was named Hockey East’s defensive player of the week:
That brought him to 42 points on the season, and wrapped up one of the best regular seasons by a defenseman in UMass and conference history:
With two assists last night, @Cmakar16 broke UMass Hall of Famer @tpoeck’s record (41) for points by a defenseman in a single season— UMass Hockey (@UMassHockey) March 9, 2019
Only ☝️ day left of Phase I of the @HobeyBakerAward fan vote ➡️ https://t.co/jatjaCORNt #HobeyNeedsMoreCale#NewMass | #Flagship pic.twitter.com/AICvTDadbY
.@Cmakar16 is just the sixth @hockey_east defenseman to reach 4️⃣0️⃣ points since 1999-2000— UMass Hockey (@UMassHockey) March 10, 2019
He also became the first d-man to reach 3️⃣0️⃣ points in league play since 2001-02, finishing with 8g & 22a in 24 GP (1.25 ppg) #HobeyNeedsMoreCale #NewMass | #Flagship pic.twitter.com/RH4kpFWMHo
UMass will head into the Hockey East playoffs as the top seed, and they’ll play their first of a three-game series against New Hampshire tomorrow.
#15 - Shane Bowers (C)
Boston University Terriers (14-16-4)
The Terriers were shutout (and stomped on) by Maine in their final game of the season. Bowers finished with 20 points in 33 games, and BU landed fifth in the conference. They’ll take on the UMass-Lowell River Hawks in the first round.
#26 - Cam Morrison (LW), #4 - Nick Leivermann (D), #2 - Nate Clurman (D)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18-13-3)
Playoffs Round 1 vs Michigan State: series won 2-0
It only took the Fighting Irish two games to dismantle the lowly Spartans, but it was a very low-scoring series. None of the Avalanche prospects landed on the scoresheet, but they’ll be in a tougher match-up against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in round two.
#58 - Sampo Ranta (RW)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-15-4)
Playoffs Round 1 vs Michigan: series won 2-0
The Gophers sent the Wolverines packing with two straight wins. Ranta only contributed one assist, but it was very pretty:
Have you ever seen such a beautiful sightttt pic.twitter.com/wWHTN2zuDT— Minnesota Men’s Hockey (@GopherHockey) March 9, 2019
Minnesota will play Notre Dame in the second round on Saturday.
#25 - Denis Smirnov (RW)
Penn State Nittany Lions (19-13-2)
Playoffs Round 1 vs Wisconsin: series won 2-1
This was the only Big Ten quarter-final that went the distance, but Penn State clawed back to advance after dropping the first game to Wisconsin. Smirnov had one assist, but it helped give the Lions the lead in the clinching game:
Stop me if you've heard this before, Liam Folkes scores against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament!! That's now 13 points in nine Big Ten Tournament games for the junior with nine points against Wisconsin in four B1G games!! Penn State leads 1-0 early!! #WeAre #HockeyValley pic.twitter.com/cTnsN6EdEa— Penn State Men’s Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) March 10, 2019
Penn State will take on Ohio State in the next round, which should be a great and difficult match-up, since the Buckeyes were awarded an automatic bye to the semi-finals thanks to their first place finish in the conference.
#40 - Tyler Weiss (LW)
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (9-22-3)
The Mavericks wrapped up their regular season with two losses to North Dakota, but Weiss added a goal and an assist in their final game.
IT'S GOOD!!— Omaha Hockey (@OmahaHKY) March 10, 2019
Weiss muscles his way to the net and pokes one in for the freshman's third goal of the season!
Mavericks and Hawks are tied at 1⃣‼️ pic.twitter.com/zhjzbxOGiJ
#NTDP Alumni Update. Defenseman Nate Knoepke notches his 1st goal as a Maverick. The former Golden Gopher tallies off an assist from another NTDP alum, Tyler Weiss, in Omaha's 5-4 OT loss to North Dakota Saturday night. pic.twitter.com/rLy9x2eYPK— Stars n’ Stripes Hockey (@StarsStripesHKY) March 10, 2019
Despite finishing last in the NCHC, Weiss and Omaha will head to the playoffs this weekend, taking on Minnesota-Duluth in the first round. Weiss finished the regular season with three goals and ten points in 23 games.
#51 - Nikolai Kovalenko (RW)
KHL - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (40-16-6)
Playoffs Round 1 vs Sochi: series won 4-2
Playoffs Round 2 vs St. Petersburg: down 1-0
Lokomotiv advanced to the second round, but Kovalenko has not played in the team’s last four games. However, it’s not uncommon to see rookies benched during the playoffs in favor of more experienced players.
#2 - Danila Zhuravlyov (D) — ELIMINATED
VHL - Bars Kazan (27-22-7)
#19 - Gustav Olhaver (RW) — ELIMINATED
Allsvenskan (SWE) - Tingsryds AIF (19-25-8)
Tingsryds ended their regular season to finish 12th in Allsvenskan and miss out on the playoffs. Olhaver didn’t record any points, and ended the year with eight points in 51 games.