FORT COLLINS, Colo.--The on-ice portion of the Colorado Avalanche's 2019 development camp has officially been completed.
The Avs prospects and camp invites competed in a three-on-three game at the Edora Pool and Ice Center (EPIC), roughly 12 miles north of the Budweiser Events Center--the home of the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles.
The contest was a back-and-forth affair that eventually was decided in a shootout, as Sampo Ranta scored the only goal of the five-round skills competition to give Team Burgundy the 8-7 victory.
The format of the matchup was much like the 3-on-3 overtime that the NHL uses during the regular season, but there were a few differences. There were three, 15-minute periods, and penalty shots were awarded instead of power-play opportunities when penalties were drawn.
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Colorado's sixth-round selection (No. 171 overall) at the 2019 NHL Draft, Luka Burzan recorded the first goal of the game with a one-timer in the slot at the 3:19 mark of the first period to give Team Burgundy this early lead.
However, Burgundy was trailing by two goals with less than three minutes on the clock in the final frame when Shane Bowers cut the deficit in half. Burzan netted his second of the game and the final goal of regulation with 54.4 seconds left in the third to tie the game at 7-7, while Team Burgundy had an empty net in favor of the extra attacker on the ice.
Burzan was not the only player in a burgundy sweater that scored twice in the contest as camp invite Sasha Larocque also registered two goals. For Team White, Avs prospects Nick Henry and the No. 78 overall pick at this year's draft, Alex Beaucage, each hit twine twice as well.
Defensemen Conor Timmins, Peter Tischke and Nick Leivermann also found the back of the net for Team White.
Timmins' tally came with 1:22 remaining in the first period off a 2-on-1 when he fired a wrister top shelf. The game was significant for Timmins, Colorado's second-round pick (No. 32 overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, because it was his first time being in a game setting since spending the last 14 months battling back from a head injury.
The 6-foot-2, 184-pound blueliner spent last summer and the ensuing 2018-19 season recovering from his injury that he suffered during the 2018 Ontario Hockey League Finals.
"I feel pretty good, obviously it was great to get out there, kind of get in a game like setting and I think everything went pretty well so I was pretty happy with how things went," said Timmins. "I think after you have been out so long, you just enjoy little things like that. That was a really fun game to be a part of so I really enjoyed myself."
Video: Conor Timmins after the 3-on-3 prospects game
All four goaltenders saw time in the crease, each playing half of the contest. Adam Werner started the game for Team White while Justus Annunen was between the pipes at the beginning for Team Burgundy. Werner stopped 14 of the 16 shots he faced and Annunen made 19-of-21 saves.
Russian netminder Shamil Shamkov took over for Werner and 2019 draft pick Trent Miner replaced Annunen with 7:42 remaining in the second period and each played the second half of the contest and the entire shootout. Shamkov made 11 saves on 16 shots and Miner stopped 14 of the 19 shots he faced while assisting on Bowers' marker late in the third period.
The contest was the fifth on-ice sessions in three days for the participants at the development camp, and the scrimmage was what the players and fans alike were most looking forward to during the week.
Video: Development coach Brian Willsie on the prospect camp
"It is great to see the support, all the local fans are out and it is pretty exciting for them to get a first glimpse at some of the players and a second for some of the Eagles players that we had to this camp," said Avalanche development consultant Brian Willsie. "It is always fun coming up here. I know the guys doing drills all week is good, but they really want to play games. So to put this at the end of the week is both fun for them and a good way for them to showcase their skills."
In addition to Beaucage and Burzan, fans also got their first look at Colorado's six other selections at the 2019 NHL Draft, including both of the Avalanche's first-round selections. Defenseman Bowen Byram (No. 4 overall) had two assists for Team Burgundy and forward Alex Newhook (No. 16 overall) had an assist for Team White.
"I think it is kind of an anticipated event throughout the week for sure… It was fun to get out there and have fun playing a game," said Byram. "Obviously it has been a while since a lot of these guys have played kind of a competitive game. It was really good, I thought the pace was good and I think we put on a good show for the fans."
With the on-ice portions of the week and the classroom sessions completed, the key now is for the players to take what they absorbed during the camp and apply it to their preparation for the 2019-20 season.
Video: Shane Bowers talks about the 3-on-3 game
"I think development camp is just a good kind of kickstart for everyone and for myself, I think it kind of leads into your summer training," said Bowers. "You are here all week learning and picking up new things that you can bring home with you to use during the summer. I am just looking forward to getting back here at the end of the summer for camp. It will be my first main camp, so I am looking forward to that."
Development camp wraps up on Saturday as the prospects will stay in Northern Colorado for off-ice team activities.
Final/SO: Burgundy - 8, White - 7
| ||1 ||2 ||3 ||SO ||Total |
|Burgundy ||1 ||3 ||3 ||1/5 ||8 |
|White ||2 ||2 ||3 ||0/5 ||7 |
Shots on Goal
| ||1 ||2 ||3 ||Total |
|Burgundy ||9 ||12 ||11 ||32 |
|White ||17 ||10 ||13 ||40 |
3:19 Burgundy: Burzan (1) - Smirnov (1) [B 1, W 0]
8:44 White: Henry (1) - Shyvrev (1) [B 1, W 1]
13:38 White: Timmins (1) - Mutala (1) [B 1, W 2]
3:07 Burgundy: Kindopp (1) - Stienburg (1) [B 2, W 2]
9:29 Burgundy: Larocque (1) - Morrison (1) [B 3, W 2]
10:32 White: Henry (2) - Newhook (1), Leivermann (1) [B 3, W 3]
12:39 White: Beaucage (1) - Mutala (2) [B 3, W 4]
13:45 Burgundy: Larocque (2) - Morrison (2), Byram (1) [B 4, W 4]
1:53 Burgundy: Buncis (1) - Stienburg (2) [B 5, W 4]
2:42 White: Beaucage (2) - Saigeon (1) [B 5, W 5]
3:52 White: Tischke (1) - Mutter (1) [B 5, W 6]
7:25 White: Leivermann (1) - Barlage (1) [B 5, W 7]
12:44 Burgundy: Bowers (1) - Miner (1) [B 6, W 7]
14:05.6 Burgundy: Burzan (2) - Byram (2), Ranta (1) [B 7, W 7]
* (3) 15-minute periods
30 Justus Annunen: 19 saves, 21 shots against
34 Trent Miner: 14 saves, 19 shots against
32 Shamil Shamov: 11 saves, 16 shots against
35 Adam Werner: 14 saves, 16 shots against