Spotlight On: Andrew Agozzino, LW, Colorado Eagles
Andrew Agozzino leads the Colorado Eagles in scoring with 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) in 26 appearances this season, including a current four-game point streak (three goals, five assists). The undrafted left wing has appeared in 10 career NHL games, all for the Colorado Avalanche, tallying three assists.
The native of Kleinburg, Ontario, spent the 2017-18 campaign with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, totaling 44 points (23 goals, 21 assists) in 72 outings.
In 437 career AHL contests, Agozzino has registered 320 points (132 goals, 188 assists). His career-best came during the 2014-15 season as a member of the Lake Erie Monsters when he tallied 64 points (30 goals, 34 assists) in 72 games.
The Colorado Eagles went 2-1-0 in three games this week. On Tuesday, the club fell 2-1 to the Tucson Roadrunners as Ty Lewis scored his sixth goal of the season with an assists from Andrew Agozzino. Goaltender Pavel Francouz made 33 saves as the team went four-for-five on the penalty kill.
The following night, Spencer Martin shined in net for Colorado, stopping all 22 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory. Logan O'Connor netted his league-high (tied) third short-handed goal of the season and Scott Kosmachuk added his seventh tally while two Agozzino and Ryan Graves registered two helpers apiece.
The club prevailed in a 4-3 overtime win against the Ontario Reign on Saturday, highlighted by O'Connor's second consecutive game with a goal, this time the overtime winner. Agozzino extended his scoring streak to four games (three goals, five assists) with two goals and an assist. Nicholas Meloche recorded a two-helper outing with Lewis and Dominic Toninato each adding an assist of their own. Pavel Francouz was between the pipes for Colorado, making 33 stops in the win.
Dec. 21 vs. Bakersfield Condors
Dec. 22 vs. Bakersfield Condors
Dec. 27 at San Jose Barracuda
The Utah Grizzlies were 1-2-0 in three outings against the Rapid City Rush this week as Joe Cannata started in two straight games. On Wednesday, the netminder made 21 saves in a 3-1 loss and followed that effort stopping 23 of the 25 shots he faced on Friday as the team fell 2-1. Julien Nantel scored his first ECHL goal of the season in his third game with Utah on Saturday as the Grizzlies got back into the win column with a 3-0 shutout victory, pushing their record to 15-6-4 (34 points), placing the club third in the Western Conference.
University of Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish are on a holiday break and will take the ice next on Dec. 31 against Boston College. Junior forward Cam Morrison has tallied six goals and six assists in 14 games for Notre Dame. Nate Clurman has appeared in 17 outings and Nick Leivermann has played in 10 games and each first-year defenseman has recorded one assist. The team holds a 11-5-1 record thus far into the season.
Shane Bowers (Boston University): Shane Bowers skated in two of three games for his country at Canada's World Junior selection camp. All three outings, which took place on consecutive days, were against U-Sports, a team of Canadian collegiate athletes. Bowers scored the shootout winner in the ninth round on Wednesday to secure a 3-2 win for Team Canada. He he did not play in Thursday's 5-3 loss, but did skate in the 5-1 loss on Friday. Although Bowers was not with his college team, Boston University defeated Dartmouth 4-1 on Friday.
Cale Makar (University of Massachusetts): Makar registered an assist and two shots on net in a 5-2 win over the Yale Bulldogs on Tuesday. The defenseman blocked a season-high four shots in the victory and now has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) this year. UMass will not return to action until Jan. 4.
Sampo Ranta (University of Minnesota): The Finnish forward spent the week at training camp for Finland's World Junior Championship team. This season for the University of Minnesota, Ranta has tallied four goals and three assists in 15 games.
Denis Smirnov (Penn State University): Smirnov put two shots on net for Penn State in a 4-4 tie against Princeton on Saturday. Through 15 games played, the Moscow, Russia, native has recorded four goals and six assists.
Tyler Weiss (University of Nebraska-Omaha): Weiss has been limited to six games for the University of Nebraska-Omaha this season due to injury. He recorded his first collegiate point with a helper on Dec. 8 against St. Cloud State. The Mavericks are back in action on Dec. 29 when they take on Alaska-Anchorage.
Brandon Saigeon (Hamilton Bulldogs): Saigeon totaled two points (one goal, one assist) in three games for the Hamilton Bulldogs this week. In a 4-3 loss to the Niagara Ice Dogs on Thursday, the alternate captain registered a power-play helper and put four shots on net. The club fell 7-1 to the Oshawa Generals the following night with Saigeon held scoreless, ending his point streak at nine games. He reached the back of the net on Saturday against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in a 5-1 loss. This season, the 20-year-old ranks sixth in the OHL in scoring with 54 points (22 goals, 32 assists).
Nick Henry (Lethbridge Hurricanes): Henry tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in three games for the Hurricanes this week, helping the club to a four-game win streak. On Wednesday, the team downed the Kelowna Rockets by a 5-1 score with Henry notching a helper. Saturday night yielded a goal and an assist from Henry as the Hurricanes beat the Kamloops Blazers 5-2. The Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, native finished off the week with a two-helper outing in a 6-4 victory over the Calgary Hitmen, extending his point streak to five games. He has 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists) during the 2018-19 campaign.
Nikolai Kovalenko (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL): Nikolai Kovalenko participated in Team Russia's World Junior Championship training camp this week. In 24 games of KHL action with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the 19-year-old has tallied five points (four goals, one assist).
Danila Zhuravlyov (Bars Kazan, VHL): Zhuravlyov joins Kovalenko as a training camp invitee to compete to play for his country at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Bars Kazan won 11-3 on Wednesday over Beijing and fell 9-3 to Sary Arka Karaganda on Monday. This season, the defenseman has played in 24 games.
Shamil Shmakov (Sibirskie Snaipery, MHL): Shmakov saw action in both of his team's games this week against Belye Medvedi. The netminder stopped all four shots he faced, not allowing a goal in 20 minutes of ice time during a 5-2 loss. He made 30 saves in a 4-1 loss the following night. Shamkov has compiled a 2.08 goals-against average and .929 save percentage this season for Sibirskie Snaipery.
Petr Kvaca (HC Ocelari Trinec): Ocelari Trinec did not see game action this week but Kvaca was between the pipes for HC Ceske Budejovice on Wednesday. He stopped 26-of-28 shots in his team's 2-1 loss to HC Zubr Prerov. In two games for Ocelari Trinec this season, Petr Kvaca has a 1.98 goals-against average with a 9.25 save percentage.
Justus Annunen (Hermes, Mestis): Annunen was the backup goaltender in Wednesday's 6-1 victory against Leki and made 20 saves in a 5-2 win against Koovee on Friday. It was the goaltender's seventh win of the season for Hermes.
Adam Werner (Farjestad BK, SHL): Farjestad did not have any games this week and returns to action on Wednesday against Orebro. Werner has a mark of 5-2-1 this year with a 1.90 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in nine games.
Gustav Olhaver (Tingsryds AIF, Allsvenskan): Gustav Olhaver was held off the scoresheet in two games for Tinsgryds AIF this week. The club registered a 5-4 overtime win against MODO with Olhaver earning a plus-1 rating in the outing on Wednesday. On Sunday against Vita Hasten, the forward went six-and-six at the faceoff dot in a 4-0 victory.