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Avalanche Alumni Inducted Into IIHF Hall of Fame

Uwe Krupp, Joe Sakic and Teemu Selanne were among the members of the 2017 class

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

While several current Colorado Avalanche players were getting ready to play in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship gold-medal game on Sunday, three former Avs were being inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.

Former Avalanche captain and current executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic, defenseman Uwe Krupp and forward Teemu Selanne represented the organization at this year's hall of fame ceremony at the German Sport and Olympic Museum in Cologne, Germany. They were joined by fellow 2017 inductees Saku Koivu, Angela Ruggiero, Dieter Kalt, Tony Hand and Patrick Francheterre.

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Sweden Takes Gold Medal In Shootout Win Over Canada

Russia takes bronze medal in win over Finns

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com
SWEDEN (2) vs. CANADA (1) - SHOOTOUT

Team Canada was looking for a three-peat at the 2017 IIHF World Championship after winning the 2015 and 2016 iterations, but the club wasn't able to pull off the feat as Sweden took the gold medal with a 2-1 victory in the shootout at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany, on Sunday.

Sweden's last medal came at the 2014 Worlds, where the club won bronze. The last time the nation took home the gold was in 2013 while co-hosting with Finland. Canada's last silver medal came in 2009 in Switzerland.

The tightly-contested match took more than regulation and overtime for a winner to be crowned, as both teams traded chances in a break-neck back-and-forth that saw outstanding goaltending and plenty of scoring opportunities at both ends of the ice.

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Eagles Defeat Walleye To Win ECHL Western Conference Finals

Julien Nantel and Sergei Boikov recorded points in Colorado's three-goal third period

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

LOVELAND, Colo.--The Colorado Eagles will be playing for the ECHL's Kelly Cup.

Colorado wrapped up the Western Conference Finals in five games on Saturday night at the Budweiser Events Center by scoring five unanswered goals in a 6-3 victory over the Toledo Walleye. The Eagles won four-straight games to win the best-of-seven series 4-1.

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Canada One Win Away From A World Championship Three-Peat

Canada rallies past Russia and will face Sweden in the gold-medal game

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Canada is one game away from being a three-peat champion at the IIHF World Championship. The team just needed a third-period rally against the rival Russians for a chance to play for the gold medal.

The Canadians scored four unanswered goals in the final frame, including three in the last five minutes, on Saturday to beat Team Russia 4-2 in the semifinals at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany. Canada will play Sweden in the gold-medal game on Sunday in Cologne.

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Eagles Win Game 4 In Triple Overtime

The Avalanche's ECHL affiliate leads the Western Conference Finals 3-1

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Eagles are one win away from reaching their first-ever Kelly Cup Finals.

Matt Garbowsky scored 3:07 into the third overtime to give the Eagles a 5-4 victory against the Toledo Walleye on Friday night at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado. Colorado leads the best-of-seven ECHL Western Conference Finals series 3-1.

Game 5 is Saturday night in Loveland.

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Rivals To Meet In World Championship Semifinals

Canada, Finland, Russia and Sweden advance to the final four

by Ryan Boulding & Ron Knabenbauer / ColoradoAvalanche.com
FINLAND (2) VS. UNITED STATES (0)

Mikko Rantanen opened the game's scoring and No. 4-seed Finland shutout No. 1 United States 2-0 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Rantanen's third goal of the tournament came 1:01 into the second period, and it held as the decisive tally in the quarterfinals at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany. Finland will face rival Sweden on Saturday with a berth to the gold-medal game on the line.

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Eagles Take Series Lead After OT Thriller

Avs prospects Nantel, Boikov contribute to the victory

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

LOVELAND, Colo.--The Colorado Eagles entered Wednesday's Western Conference Finals matchup against the visiting Toledo Walleye looking to take a series lead, and Colorado Avalanche prospects Sergei Boikov, Julien Nantel and Mason Geertsen wanted to continue contributing to their team's success.

Both things happened at Budweiser Events Center as the home team took a 2-1 advantage in the round after winning 4-3 in overtime.

"It was a hard-fought game. I thought we were doing well the whole game," Geertsen said of the victory. "We dominated, I thought, and then they got some lucky bounces and some power-play goals. Then overtime came and happened and we got her done. We finished her off, and it doesn't matter how you win as long as you win."

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Team USA Takes Top Seed In Group A

Squad will face Finland in quarterfinals

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com
USA (5) vs. RUSSIA (3)

In the battle for the top spot in Group A, it was the Americans that skated away with the win, topping Russia 5-3 at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany, on Tuesday in the final preliminary game of the 2017 IIHF World Championship for both squads.

The loss was Russia's first of the tournament, and it means that the club will have to pack up and travel to Paris, France, to take on the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round on Thursday.

The win was Team USA's sixth in a row and sets up an elimination-round matchup against Finland.

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Avalanche Farm Report: May 16

Colorado Eagles are in the ECHL Western Conference Finals

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

ECHL (Colorado Eagles)

After finishing off the defending champs, the Colorado Eagles now return home after splitting the first two games of the ECHL Western Conference Finals against the Toledo Walleye.

The Allen Americans, who won the Kelly Cup in 2015 and 2016, made things interesting in the conference semifinals after Colorado took a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. The Americans won Games 4 and 5 by outscoring the Eagles 8-1 before the series shifted back to Texas.

Only one game was needed in the Dallas suburb, as Colorado broke out of its scoring slump and defeated Allen 4-3 on Tuesday to end the series in six games.

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Canada Bounces Back In Dominating Fashion

Nathan MacKinnon had three assists as Canada clinches the top seed in Group B

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Two days after being upset in overtime by Switzerland, Team Canada responded in a big way. Unfortunately, Norway was the unlucky country that had to face the wrath of the World's No. 1-ranked team.

The Canadians seemed to take out their frustration from their first loss of the 2017 IIHF World Championship on the Nordic squad, as they won 5-0 on Monday in a contest that could have been much more lopsided.

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