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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 19

Goalie Petr Kvaca is having a strong season in the Czech Republic

by Dan Vatch /

Spotlight On: Petr Kvaca, G, Ceske Budejove (Czech Republic)

Kvaca was the Colorado Avalanche's fourth-round selection (114th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft. The Czech goaltender has played the majority of the 2018-19 campaign with Ceske Budejovice of the second-tier Czech league, recording a .930 save percentage and 1.62 goals-against average over 17 appearances.  

The native of Brandys nad Labem, Czech Republic, has posted two wins for Ocelari Trinec of Czech Extraliga (the Czech Republic's top league) in two games this season and has a save percentage of .925 and goals-against average of 1.97.

During the 2017-18 season, Kvaca made a career-best 32 appearances for Ceske, registering a .923 save percentage and 1.75 goals-against average in the regular season. The 6-foot-1, 174-pound netminder played in 10 playoff games for the club, registering a save percentage of .919 and goals-against average of 2.12 in those contests.

Kvaca recorded career bests in save percentage (.940) and goals-against average (1.41) in 18 games for Ceske Budejovice in 2016-17 and appeared in nine playoff appearances, posting a save percentage of .943 and goals-against average of 1.31.

Colorado Eagles

The Colorado Eagles went 1-3-0 in four contests this past week.

The club fell 2-1 to the San Diego Gulls on Tuesday in the first game of a back-to-back set. Mason Geertsen reached the back of the net and Andrew Agozzino tallied a helper as Colorado netminder Pavel Francouz made 35 saves between the pipes for the Eagles. The following night, the Eagles prevailed 5-4 in overtime to split the set against the Gulls. Agozzino led the team with two goals and one assist for his 11th multi-point outing of the season. Nicholas Meloche tallied two points (one goal, one assist) while David Warsofsky and Scott Kosmachuk each netted a marker. Geertsen, Logan O'Connor, Max McCormick, Martin Kaut and Ty Lewis each added a helper in the overtime victory, and Francouz stopped 30 shots in net for the win.

The Eagles continued their road trip in California with a back-to-back set against the Stockton Heat on Saturday and Sunday. The club fell 5-2 in the first outing and dropped a 6-3 contest the next night. Lewis and Igor Shvyrev were the Colorado goal scorers, while Warsofsky, Agozzino and Julien Nantel each added an assist. Francouz stopped 19 shots in his third start of the week.

On Sunday, Kosmachuk, Kaut and Travis Barron each tallied a goal as Shvyrev picked up two helpers in the 6-3 loss. Spencer Martin made 27 saves for the Eagles.

Upcoming Games

Feb. 23 at Ontario Reign

Feb. 26 vs. San Antonio Rampage

Feb. 27 vs. San Antonio Rampage

Utah Grizzlies

The Utah Grizzlies were in action for three games this week, all at home against the Kansas City Mavericks.

The Grizzlies notched a 4-3 overtime win on Friday, as they outshot the Mavericks 39-25. Josh Dickinson recorded two helpers, and Utah goaltender Joe Cannata made 22 stops in net. The club fell 3-0 on Saturday as Cannata made 27 saves. As a team, the Grizzlies successfully killed off seven of eight penalties.

Utah fell 5-2 to Kansas City on Monday as it wrapped up the three-game series against the Mavericks.


University of Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish were in action for three Big Ten Conference games this week, beginning with a 5-2 win against the University of Michigan on Tuesday. Both Cam Morrison and Nate Clurman were held off the scoresheet in the victory. The club split a back-to-back set against the University of Wisconsin during the weekend, falling 2-1 to the Badgers on Friday and beating Wisconsin 5-2 on Saturday. In the win against the Badgers, Morrison recorded a helper while Clurman recorded three shots. Freshman defenseman Nick Leivermann registered a blocked shot on Saturday in his first game action since Jan. 26 for the Fighting Irish. Morrison shares fourth on the team with eight goals this season and has added eight assists. Clurman (two assists) and Leivermann (one goal, one assist) have both registered two points this year.

Shane Bowers (Boston University): Bowers played in both of Boston University's contests this week against the University of Connecticut. The Terriers fell 3-2 in overtime on Friday but shutout the Huskies for a 2-0 win the following night. The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native was held scoreless in both games. He has notched 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in 28 contests during the 2018-19 campaign.

Cale Makar (University of Massachusetts): The Hobey Baker Award hopeful helped the University of Massachusetts to two wins in as many days against Boston College this weekend. Makar notched his ninth multi-point performance of the year with a goal and two assists in a 4-3 win on Friday, including a helper on the game-winning goal. Makar was held scoreless on Saturday, but he shared the team lead with four shots as the Minutemen defeated the Golden Eagles 4-2. This season, Makar has registered 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) in 29 games.

Sampo Ranta (University of Minnesota): The Finnish forward helped the Golden Gophers to two wins over Ohio State University this week. Minnesota beat the Buckeyes 4-3 on Friday, and Ranta notched his eighth helper of the season in a 4-3 win the following night. In 30 games as a Gopher, Ranta has 12 points (four goals, eight assists).

Denis Smirnov (Penn State University): Smirnov recorded a power-play assist in his club's 5-3 loss to Michigan State on Friday, giving him back-to-back contests with a helper. Penn State defeated the Spartans the following night by a 5-3 score, but the Moscow, Russia, native was held scoreless to bring his streak to an end. Smirnov has recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) in 18 games for the Nittany Lions this season

Tyler Weiss (University of Nebraska Omaha): The University of Nebraska Omaha did not have any games this past week. The team returns to the ice when it takes on St. Cloud State in a back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday. After missing the early part of this season due to injury, Weiss has totaled six points (two goals, four assists) in 17 games for the Mavericks.


Brandon Saigeon (Oshawa Generals): The Grimsby, Ontario, native tallied points in three of his four outings for the Oshawa Generals this week. Saigeon added a helper in a 6-3 victory over the Peterborough Petes on Wednesday, extending his point streak (six goals, eight assists) to eight games. The following night, he was held off the scoresheet, bringing his streak to an end as the Generals took down the Flint Firebirds, 5-4. Saigeon began a new streak registering a goal in a 5-1 win over the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday and added an assist in Monday's 3-2 shootout win against the Sudbury Wolves. This season, the 20-year-old ranks seventh in the OHL with 84 points (36 goals, 48 assists).


Nick Henry (Lethbridge Hurricanes): Henry helped the Hurricanes to a 3-1-0 record in four contests this week, registering points in three of the team's games. The Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, native recorded a helper in Wednesday's 6-2 win against the Calgary Hitmen and added a marker in the 7-2 victory over the Swift Current Broncos on Friday, extending his point streak to three games (one goal, four assists). The streak was brought to a halt the following night as Henry was held scoreless in a 5-2 loss to the Saskatoon Blades. The 5-foot-11, 186-pound forward recovered to tally a goal and two helpers in Monday's 5-2 win over the Kootenay Ice. Henry has totaled 77 points (22 goals, 55 assists) in 58 total WHL games this year.


Nikolai Kovalenko (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL): Kovalenko saw action in two of Lokomtiv's three games this week. The Russian forward was held scoreless in the team's 3-2 overtime loss to Torpedo on Wednesday and did not dress in Friday's 4-3 victory over Vityaz. The 19-year-old did not reach the scoresheet in Lokomotiv's 4-0 loss against SKA St. Petersburg on Monday. In 32 KHL games this season, Kovalenko has notched six points (five goals, one assist).

Danila Zhuravlyov (Bars Kazan, VHL): The Russian defender skated in two of his team's three games this week. Zhuravlyov recorded a shot on goal in 19:47 of ice time during Bars Kazan's 3-1 victory against Dynamo on Tuesday. The 18-year-old did not appear in the 2-1 loss to SKA-Neva on Thursday but played 14:15 in a 4-3 win against Ryazan over the weekend, registering two shots on goal. Zhuravlyov has totaled four assists in 36 contests for Bars Kazan during the 2018-19 campaign.

Shamil Shmakov (Sibirskie Snaipery, MHL): Sibirskie Snaipery went 1-1-1 in three contests this week, with Shmakov playing in two games. The club had a back-to-back set against Reaktor, winning 4-2 on Wednesday with Shmakov serving as the backup. Sibirskie fell 5-0 on Thursday as Shmakov saw 10:51 of time on ice in a relief appearance and stopped both shots he faced. The Russian netminder had a strong effort on Monday but his club fell 1-0 in overtime against Snezhnye Barsy. Shmakov made 28 saves in the game and now has a 7-10-0 mark this season with a .919 save percentage and a 2.47 goals-against average.

Czech Republic

Petr Kvaca (Ceske Budejovice, Czech 2): The 21-year-old netminder got the start in two of his team's three games this week. Kvaca stopped all 18 shots he faced in a 1-0 win over Labem on Wednesday, earning his third shutout of the season for Ceske Budejovice. The club beat Horacka 3-2 on Saturday behind 18 saves from 21-year-old. Kvaca did not appear in the team's 3-2 win against Stadion on Monday. In 17 appearances for Ceske this season, the goaltender has compiled a .930 save percentage and 1.62 goals-against average.


Justus Annunen (Hermes, Mestis): Annunen got the start in one of Hermes' three contests this week, serving as the team's backup netminder in the other two games. The club beat IPK 4-2 on Wednesday and defeated Imatra by a 3-0 score on Friday. On Saturday, Annunen made 25 saves between the pipes as his team fell 3-0 to Heinola. This season, the goaltender from Kempele, Finland, sports a .894 save percentage and 2.67 goals-against average.


Adam Werner (Farjestad BK, SHL): Werner helped Farjestad BK extend its current winning streak to five games this week. The netminder stopped 30 shots in a 6-5 win against Malmo on Tuesday, and he served as the club's backup goaltender in a 6-2 victory over HV71 on Thursday and a 3-0 whitewash of Linkoping on Saturday. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound netminder has a 10-2-6 mark this season with a .902 save percentage and 2.25 goals-against average.

Gustav Olhaver (Tingsryds AIF, Allsvenskan): Tingsryds AIF went 1-1-0 this week with a 3-2 win against AIK on Wednesday and a 6-1 loss to Bjorkloven on Friday. Olhaver was held scoreless in both contests, but the 21-year-old has played in 45 games this season and has totaled eight points (four goals, four assists).

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