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Rookie Recap: Avalanche 5, Golden Knights 2

Colorado opens Anaheim Rookie Faceoff with three-goal victory

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

IRVINE, Calif.--The Colorado Avalanche had five different goal scorers as the squad opened the 2019 Anaheim Rookie Faceoff with a 5-2 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday at Great Park Ice.

Vegas opened the scoring with a tally at the 1:17 mark of the second period, but Colorado soon took control of the game and found the back of the net four times in the stanza.

Colorado was led offensively by its top line of Martin Kaut, Shane Bowers and Nick Henry, as Bowers and Henry each had a goal and an assist while Kaut also recorded a helper. Forwards Logan O'Connor and Luka Burzan also scored before Igor Shvyrev sealed the win with an empty-net tally with 1:59 remaining in the outing.

It is the first Rookie Faceoff that Bowers has participated in as he spent the last two seasons at Boston University before signing an entry-level deal with the Avalanche on March 29. He finished the 2018-19 campaign on an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) with Colorado's American Hockey League affiliate, the Colorado Eagles, but this is his first time skating with many of the players on the Avalanche's roster.

"It was good, we only had one practice together as a group and obviously some guys weren't even in the lineup," Bowers said of the first game of the tournament. "I think we played good as a group, we were able to get the win, which is good, it adds a little bit to it. I think everyone showed well and had a good first game for being together."

Defenseman Bowen Byram, selected with the No. 4 overall pick at the 2019 NHL Draft, registered two assists in the victory while Kevin Davis also recorded a helper.

Hunter Miska, who is on an AHL contract, started the game between the pipes for the Avs and made eight saves on nine shots before Trent Miner took over the crease with 8:55 remaining in the second period--a pre-planned goaltender switch--and stopped 13-of-14 shots.  

The Avalanche went 1-for-3 on the power play and killed off the one penalty it took. Colorado outshot Vegas 38-23, including by a 16-6 margin in the category in the middle frame.  

"We played really well in the second period, I don't know if we dominated, I thought [Vegas] played well in the third," Eagles head coach Greg Cronin said. "We asked them after the first period to play with some more pace, to get involved with the forecheck and create some turnovers and it got to a point it was fun to watch because each line kind of continued the same wave of attack, it was just a good effort for everybody."

The Avs continue the tournament on Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings at 2 p.m. MT, a contest that will be streamed online for fans on ColoradoAvalanche.com with Altitude Sports Radio's Conor McGahey on the call. The squad wraps up the Rookie Faceoff on Tuesday at 12 p.m. MT versus the Arizona Coyotes.

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Colorado Avalanche 5 at Vegas Golden Knights 2 - FINAL
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - Great Park Ice

Goals by Period
Colorado 0 4 1 - 5
Vegas 0 1 1 - 2

1st Period-No Scoring. Penalties-Coghlan Vgk (tripping), 4:08; Primeau Vgk (tripping), 14:11.

2nd Period-1, Vegas, Coghlan 1 (Schuldt, Jentzsch), 1:17. 2, Colorado, Henry 1 (Byram, Kaut), 4:04. 3, Colorado, Bowers 1 (Henry, Davis), 8:01 (PP). 4, Colorado, O'Connor 1 (Bowers), 11:05. 5, Colorado, Burzan 1 (Byram), 18:56. Penalties-Primeau Vgk (hooking), 7:27; Barron Col (interference), 13:22.

3rd Period-6, Vegas, Coghlan 2 (Elvenes, Glass), 7:47. 7, Colorado, Shvyrev 1 18:01 (EN). Penalties-Anderson Col (roughing), 18:12; Hague Vgk (roughing), 18:12.

Shots on Goal-Colorado 11-16-11-38. Vegas 5-6-12-23.

Power-Play Opportunities-Colorado 1 / 3; Vegas 0 / 1.

Goalies-Colorado, Miska 0-0-0 (9 shots-8 saves); Miner 0-0-0 (14 shots-13 saves). Vegas, Patera 0-0-0 (37 shots-33 saves).

Attendance-2,500

Referees-Glen Cooke (6), Katie Guay
Linesmen-Steve Campbell (51), Jamie Koharski (84).

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