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Late Rally Falls Short for Henry and the Pats

Avalanche prospect Nick Henry scores another goal during the Memorial Cup

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

A four-goal third period wasn't enough for the Regina Pats to rally from behind as they lost 8-6 to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Sunday in each team's second game of the 2018 Memorial Cup.

The Pats nearly erased a 7-2 deficit in the final 20 minutes of play, but the Titan's Ethan Crossman's goal 1:39 into the third stanza proved to create a lead that was too much for the Memorial Cup hosts to overcome at Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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Andrighetto Earns Silver Medal With Switzerland

Avalanche forward scores in shootout in World Championship final against Sweden

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /
Gold Medal Game: Sweden (3) vs. Switzerland (2) - Shootout

Tre Kronor is golden once again.

Team Sweden won the gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship on Sunday with a 3-2 shootout victory over Switzerland at Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sweden won the best-of-five shootout 2-1, with Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes) and Filip Forsberg (Nashville Predators) tallying back-to-back to secure the country's second consecutive championship. The Swedes beat Canada 2-1 in a shootout last year.

Colorado Avalanche forward Sven Andrighetto scored the only goal for Switzerland in the tiebreaker. He opened the shootout by tallying on a backhand-to-forehand shot that slipped inside the left post after waiting out Swedish goaltender Anders Nilsson (Vancouver Canucks).

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Blake Inducted Into IIHF Hall of Fame

Former Avalanche defensemen among 2018 class

by @Avalanche / Official website of the Avalanche

Former Colorado Avalanche defenseman Rob Blake was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame on Sunday during the final day of the 2018 World Championship.

A Triple Gold Club member, Blake won World Championships with Team Canada in 1994 and 1997 and helped his country end a 50-year drought with an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He was a member of the Avs' 2001 Stanley Cup championship squad.

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Eagles Take Series Lead With Double Overtime Win

Colorado can win the series at home on Tuesday

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

The Colorado Eagles took the series lead over the Fort Wayne Komets with a 4-3 double overtime win on Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.

Colorado Avalanche goaltending prospect Joe Cannata made 51 saves in the win, including 12 in extra time, and Brady Shaw scored the game-winner 2:38 into the second overtime stanza.

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Swift Current Broncos Fall In Overtime

The Broncos lost 4-3 to the QMJHL champion Acadie-Bathurst Titan

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

The Western Hockey League champion Swift Current Broncos fell 4-3 in overtime to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Acadie-Bathurst in Regina, Saskatchewan on Saturday.

It was the first game for both teams in the 2018 Memorial Cup and Swift Current defenseman and Colorado Avalanche prospect Josh Anderson finished with a plus-1 rating.

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Switzerland To Face Sweden In Gold-Medal Game

The Swiss defeated Canada in the semifinals

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /
Switzerland (3) vs. Canada (2)

Switzerland defeated Canada 3-2 at Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Saturday to continue its 2018 World Championship run. The Swiss will face reigning-champion Sweden in the gold-medal game on Sunday.

Colorado Avalanche forward and Zurich, Switzerland, native Sven Andrighetto assisted on the last two Swiss goals, both of which came on the power play. He now has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in eight contests at the tournament.

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Rantanen looks to raise bar for Avalanche next season

Forward aiming for more success on top line with Colorado on rise

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

HERNING, Denmark -- Mikko Rantanen knows he and the Colorado Avalanche took significant steps this season. But the 21-year-old forward said he has room for improvement in all aspects of his game.

"I was healthy the whole year and I was lucky to play with really good players," said Rantanen, who extended his season with 11 points (five goals, six assists) in eight games with Finland at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. "We found really good chemistry with our lines. It was working well. It was a really fun year. I have to thank my linemates. But probably the biggest thing was to be healthy.

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Henry Scores Winner In Memorial Cup Opener

The host Regina Pats take the first game of Canadian Hockey League tournament

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Colorado Avalanche prospect Nick Henry was the hero for the Regina Pats in the first game of the 2018 Memorial Cup on Friday night.

Henry scored the game-winning goal with 33 seconds left in the third period to lead the Pats to a 3-2 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs at Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan. It was Regina's first contest since losing in Game 7 of Western Hockey League Playoffs first round on April 2.

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Eagles Even Western Conference Finals 2-2

Joe Cannata made 33 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Fort Wayne Komets in Game 4

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Eagles evened their Western Conference Finals series against the Fort Wayne Komets at 2-2 on Friday night.

Michael Joly scored two goals in the first period and Colorado Avalanche goaltending prospect Joe Cannata made 33 saves in Colorado's 2-1 victory in Game 4 at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Josh Anderson Heads To Memorial Cup Wanting More

Avalanche prospect is at the Canadian Hockey League's championship tournament with the Swift Current Broncos

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Colorado Avalanche prospect Josh Anderson has already achieved a few dreams that many young Canadian hockey players hope to accomplish.

First, it was signing a pro contract in the NHL, a three-year, entry-level deal he inked with the Avs on March 29. The second is reaching the Canadian Hockey League's Memorial Cup.

"It's unreal," Anderson said of getting the opportunity to play in the tournament that decides Canada's top major-junior hockey team. "Growing up and watching it on TV every May and dreaming of [playing in it] as a kid, and now I'm here. It's a pretty surreal moment."

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