The Colorado Avalanche won its first game of the 2019-20 preseason with a 3-2 shootout victory against the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center on Sunday.
Defenseman Dan Renouf assisted on both Avalanche goals, which were scored by Tyson Jost and Jayson Megna. Joonas Donskoi and Colin Campbell also recorded assists in the win.
Goaltender Philipp Grubauer played in his second exhibition contest of the year and made 21 saves. Colorado outshot the Wild 36-23 in the outing.
Louie Belpedio and Jared Spurgeon tallied for the Wild, and netminder Alex Stalock stopped 34 shots.
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12:40 MIN (0-1) - Louie Belpedio found the back of the net after collecting a pass from Jason Zucker.
16:18 COL (1-1) - Dan Renouf's shot bounced off a Wild player to Tyson Jost in the slot, and Jost sent the puck into an empty net.
16: COL (2-1) - SHG, Jayson Megna tallied a short-handed goal once he gathered the rebound from Colin Campbell's shot.
16:43 MIN (2-2) - PPG, Jared Spurgeon scored while on the power play after receiving a cross-ice pass from Ryan Donato.
MIN - Kyle Rau - No Goal
COL - Nazem Kadri - GOAL
MIN - Gerald Mayhew - GOAL
COL - Cale Makar - No Goal
MIN - Luke Kunin - No Goal
COL - Gabriel Landeskog - GOAL
Final: Avalanche - 3 | Wild - 2 (Shootout)
Colorado: 0 for 5
Minnesota: 1 for 3
Colorado: Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves in his second game of the preseason
Minnesota: Alex Stalock stopped 34 of 36 shots, including 10 on the penalty kill
- Jayson Megna scored for the second game in a row. He has three points (two goals, one assist) in three games this preseason.
- Dan Renouf recorded two assists in the contest, increasing his totals to three helpers in two exhibition outings.
- The Avalanche outshot its opponent for the third straight game, earning a 36-23 edge in the category.
- Cale Makar led the game with 12 shot attempts (four on goal, five blocked, three missed).
- Samuel Girard and Nazem Kadri were the alternate captains in the game.
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Gabriel Landeskog scores against Alex Stalock in the shootout.
Jayson Megna, Sheldon Dries, T.J. Tynan, Mark Barberio, Bowen Byram and Andre Burakovsky skated in their third games of the preseason… Hunter Miska was Colorado's backup goaltender... The Avalanche reassigned eight players to the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League prior to the contest… Colorado reassigned Nick Henry to the Eagles after the contest and released Colin Campbell from his professional tryout. Campbell was also invited to the Eagles' training camp.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (lower body) and Nikita Zadorov (lower body) did not play as they're dealing with minor injuries… Erik Johnson (shoulder) continues to heal from offseason surgery and has joined group practices as a non-contact participant… Colin Wilson (shoulder surgery/lower body) is skating on his own… Ian Cole (hips) keeps progressing from his offseason surgery and has been skating and doing drills by himself.
The Avalanche visit sthe Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday and the Dallas Stars on Saturday to conclude its six-game preseason schedule.