IRVINE, Calif.--The Colorado Avalanche dropped its first game of the 2019 Anaheim Rookie Faceoff on Sunday afternoon, losing 6-1 to the Los Angeles Kings at Great Park Ice.
Alex Beaucage scored the lone goal for Colorado at 8:33 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1, but L.A. tallied five unanswered to secure its first win of the rookie tournament. The Kings fell 4-1 to the host Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
"I think a lot of the guys were nervous early, and they were tentative," said Colorado Eagles head coach Greg Cronin, who is leading the Avs prospects in California. "There was very little pace to the first period. I thought we played well in the second period, there was a lot more pressure on the puck. We just asked them after the first period that there is an opportunity to demonstrate some visibility for yourself individually and don't play with nerves. Try and enjoy the environment and play the best you can."
Beaucage, who was picked by Colorado in the third round at No. 78 overall at this past summer's NHL Draft, found twine after corralling the puck from a drop pass by Wyatt McLeod and beating Los Angeles goalie Jacob Ingham from a tough angle at the left circle. Sasha Larocque also had an assist on Beaucage's marker.
"Today we had a rough start, but I think we adjusted pretty well at the end of the game," Beaucage said. "It's not the result that we wanted of course. It's a learning process. We'll turn the page, and we'll be ready for Tuesday."
Goaltender Trent Miner played the entire contest for the Avalanche and stopped 32 shots.
The Kings' Mikey Eyssimont, who is from Littleton, Colorado, had two goals, while Blake Lizotte (three assists), Billy Constantinou (one goal, one assist) and Mikey Anderson (two assists) each had multi-point outings. Los Angeles outshot Colorado 38-37.
L.A. converted on 2-of-3 power plays while Colorado was unsuccessful on each of its seven man-advantage chances.
"We had some quality chances in the second period to make it a more competitive game," Cronin said. "We didn't score and they scored on theirs, and they just built on the confidence. They played really well."
The Avalanche, which opened the prospect showcase with a 5-2 victory on Saturday against the Vegas Golden Knights, concludes the tournament on Tuesday at 12 p.m. MT versus the Arizona Coyotes. Monday is a practice day for each of the six teams competing in Southern California.
Los Angeles Kings 6 at Colorado Avalanche 1 - FINAL
Sunday, September 8, 2019 - Great Park Ice
Goals by Period
Los Angeles 2 2 2 - 6
Colorado 1 0 0 - 1
1st Period-1, Los Angeles, Dudas 1 (Strand, Bergh), 3:04. 2, Colorado, Beaucage 1 (McLeod, Larocque), 11:27. 3, Los Angeles, Eyssimont 1 (Constantinou, Lizotte), 13:18. Penalties-Davis Col (boarding), 6:00; Strand La (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:16; Wegwerth Col (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:16; Constantinou La (holding), 17:22.
2nd Period-4, Los Angeles, Constantinou 1 (Anderson), 5:58 (PP). 5, Los Angeles, Anderson-Dolan 1 (Anderson), 17:30. Penalties-Thomas La (slashing), 1:43; Strand La (slashing), 2:57; Henry Col (hooking), 4:05; Kupari La (holding), 13:30; Strand La (hooking), 18:36.
3rd Period-6, Los Angeles, Eyssimont 2 (Lizotte), 3:34. 7, Los Angeles, Yantsis 1 (Lizotte, Durzi), 11:36 (PP). Penalties-Eyssimont La (interference), 7:09; Mutter Col (elbowing), 9:37; Regis Col (tripping), 14:45; Strand La (cross-checking), 17:41.
Shots on Goal-Los Angeles 13-10-15-38. Colorado 13-17-7-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Los Angeles 2 / 3; Colorado 0 / 7.
Goalies-Los Angeles, Ingham 0-0-0 (37 shots-36 saves). Colorado, Miner 0-0-0 (38 shots-32 saves).
Referees-Jake Rekucki (84), Stephen Drain (2).
Linesmen-Steve Walsh (85), William Brennan (31).