Prospect Spotlight: Alex Newhook
Alex Newhook has recorded five of his six points this season during the Boston College Eagles' current three-game win streak (three goals, two assists).
Newhook, a freshman, has recorded at least a point in each of the three games of the stretch. He scored twice in Boston College's 6-0 shutout over UConn on Friday, then returned the next night to notch an assist on the last two goals in the Eagles 5-1 win against the Huskies. He started the streak with a goal in their 3-2 win over Providence on Nov. 2.
The Colorado Avalanche selected Newhook, 18, 16th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. He was fresh off a league-best, 102-point season in the BCHL (38 goals, 64 assists), playing in his second year for the Victoria Grizzlies. Newhook, a native of St. John's, Newfoundland, won the Vern Dye Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player.
He also played for his country at the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship in Sweden in April. With 10 points (five goals, five assists), he tied for the most on Team Canada.
The Colorado Eagles built a 4-0 lead in just over 20 minutes of play in their eventual 5-2 win over the Texas Stars on Saturday, an impressive response to their 4-0 shutout against the Ontario Reign last Wednesday.
After Jacob MacDonald, Shane Bowers and Logan O'Connor each scored to open the first period 3-0, A.J. Greer netted two in the second period to put the game out of reach for Texas. O'Connor also had two assists while Bowers added one. Forwards Nick Henry and Sheldon Dries and defensemen Kevin Connauton, Erik Condra and Calle Rosen each also recorded a helper in the win.
The Eagles stayed in Texas for an early game at the San Antonio Rampage on Tuesday, winning 3-1. MacDonald, Condra and Igor Shvyrev tallied for Colorado while Josh Dickinson recorded two assists in the win. Mark Alt also added a helper, his second of the season.
Colorado returns home for two straight outings against the Bakersfield Condors on Friday and Saturday.
In other Eagles news, T.J. Tynan, who leads the Eagles with 12 points in 10 games (two goals, 10 assists), was called up by the Avalanche last week and played in his first game with the Avs on Nov. 7, against the Nashville Predators. He recorded an assist in the 9-4 win. Goaltender Adam Werner also played in his first NHL outing on Tuesday at the Winnipeg Jets.
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The Utah Grizzlies lost back-to-back games against the Kansas City Mavericks on Friday and Saturday, falling 5-1 the first night and 4-2 the second night.
Ty Lewis, who returned to the Grizzlies on Friday after playing in six games for the Colorado Eagles this year, scored Utah's lone goal in the first game, then picked up an assist on Saturday. Brandon Saigeon skted in both outings and recorded three shots on goal on Friday.
The Grizzlies (3-6-2-1) hit the road for two games this weekend, first at the Wheeling Nailers on Friday and then at the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday.
Boston College: Alex Newhook scored twice in the Eagles 6-0 win over UConn on Friday, then assisted on each of Boston College's last two goals in its 5-1 win against the Huskies on Saturday. Drew Helleson recorded an assist on both nights, his first two assists of the season. Newhook, who has six points this year (four goals, two assists), is tied for the team lead in goals. Boston College (5-4-0) plays a back-to-back set next at Vermont on Friday and Saturday.
University of Notre Dame: Cam Morrison assisted on the game-tying goal in the final two minutes against Ohio State, allowing Nate Clurman to eventually assist on the decisive goal in the Irish's 3-2 win in overtime on Friday. Notre Dame then beat the Buckeyes 2-1 the next night, advancing to 7-0-1 on the season. Morrison has nine points this year (two goals, seven assists), the third-most on the team, while Clurman has three assists. Nick Leivermann, who has four points (two goals, two assists), didn't find the score sheet this weekend but put seven shots on goal combined over both games. Notre Dame heads to Wisconsin next for two straight against the Badgers on Friday and Saturday.
Sampo Ranta (University of Minnesota): Sampo Ranta assisted on the first and final goal in Minnesota's 3-1 win at Michigan on Saturday. Ranta also had a helper on the Gopher's goal the previous night in a 1-1 tie. He's now on a three-game assist streak and has six points total this year (two goals, four assists), which is tied for the third-most on the team, along with 22 shots on goal, tied for the second most. Minnesota (4-4-2) faces Penn State at home on Friday and Saturday.
Denis Smirnov (Penn State University): After losing 2-0 to Michigan State on Friday, the Nittany Lions responded with a 6-4 win over the Spartans on Saturday. Denis Smirnov tallied the sixth goal to seal the win with 30 seconds left in regulation, his third goal of the season to accompany four assists this year. Smirnov had three shots on goal in Friday's shutout. Penn State (7-2-0) travels to Minnesota this weekend for a back-to-back series on Friday and Saturday.
Matthew Stienburg (Cornell University): Cornell moved to 4-0-0 with a 4-1 win over Brown on Friday followed by a 6-2 win against Yale on Saturday. Matthew Steinburg notched an assist on the first goal in the second contest, his first point of the season. His plus-5 rating is tied for the second-best margin on his team. He also put five shots on goal combined over both games. The Big Red hit the road to play Clarkson on Friday and St. Lawrence on Saturday.
Tyler Weiss (University of Nebraska Omaha): After a 5-2 loss to Wisconsin on Friday, Nebraska Omaha reversed the score against the Badgers the next night. Tyler Weiss picked up an assist on both nights, the second of which came on the game-winning goal. Weiss has six points (two goals, four assists), tied for the fourth-most on the team. Nebraska Omaha (5-2-1) now heads to Western Michigan for two straight on Friday and Saturday.
Alex Beaucage (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Alex Beaucage recorded an assist on the Huskies' first goal in their 3-1 win over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Saturday, his 25th point on the season (15 goals, 10 assists). Rouyn-Noranda lost to the same team the previous night 3-2 in overtime. Beaucage leads his team in goals and is tied for fifth in the category in the league. The Huskies (10-8-3) stay at home this week to host the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday, Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday and Victoriaville Tigers on Wednesday.
Vancouver Giants: Trent Miner turned aside 26 of 27 shots on goal to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 3-1 win over the Portland Winterhawks on Friday. Miner was back in net for the rematch on Saturday, a 2-1 shootout loss that saw him save 27 of 28. Bowen Byram, who's tied for the team-lead in assists (12), didn't record any points this weekend but he had two shots on goal on Friday and five on Saturday. The Giants (10-8-1-1) take on the Prince George Cougars on Saturday and the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Sunday. After the league contests, Byram played for Team WHL in the CIBC Canada Russia Series on Wednesday. He scored to tie the game a 1-1 with 22 seconds remaining in regulation and assisted on the game-winner in overtime of the 2-1 victory in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The WHL and Russia meet again on
Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings): Luka Burzan scored two goals in the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-3 loss to the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday, bringing him to a team-leading 10 goals on the season. He also leads his team in points, with 20. Burzan had two shots on goal the next night in the Wheat Kings 4-2 loss to the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday and had an assist in the 7-2 win versus the Winnipeg ICE on Monday. The Wheat Kings (9-12-0-0) play next at the Red Deer Rebels ono Saturday, the Edmonton Oil Kings on Sunday and Medicine Hat Tigers on Tuesday. Following the league contests, Burzan joined Bowen Byram on Team WHL in the CIBC Canada Russia Series on Wednesday and had a plus-1 rating and three shots on net in the WHL's 2-1 overtime victory. Team WHL takes on Russia in a rematch on Thursday night.
Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans): Sasha Mutala scored the game-winner on Saturday to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 3-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Mutala notched assists on the first two goals for a three-point game. The Americans also knocked off the Calgary Hitmen 4-3 on Friday in a shootout, as Mutala picked up an assist on his team's first goal. His six-game point streak ended on Monday in Tri-City's 3-0 win against the Edmonton Oil Kings. With 21 points in 17 games this season (eight goals, 13 assists), Mutala leads his team in goals and assists. Tri-City (11-6-0-1) returns home to play the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday.
Shamil Shmakov (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders): Shamil Shmakov wasn't in net for either of the RoughRiders wins this weekend. Cedar Rapids beat the Fargo Force 4-2 on Friday and the Waterloo Black Hawks 4-1 on Saturday. Shmakov has played in five games for the RoughRiders this season--the last time in a 7-4 loss to the Green Bay Gamblers on Oct. 26--and has a 3-2-0 record with a 2.87 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. Cedar Rapids is 7-6-0 this season with games next against the Lincoln Stars on Friday and the Tri-City Storm on Saturday.
Justus Annunen (Kärpät): Justus Annunen recorded his league-leading fifth shutout win of the season after making 36 saves in Karpat's 2-0 victory over HIFK on Nov. 2, the team's most recent game. He remains without a regulation loss after playing 642:30 minutes in 11 games this season. Annunen has a 1.21 goals-against average and .952 save percentage this season, as well as two assists. Kärpät is 13-4-1 and next plays the Pelicans on Friday and TPS on Saturday.
Sergei Boikov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow fell 6-3 to Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk on Tuesday in its only game this week. Sergei Boikov did not take the ice in that game but has one goal in seven games this season. Dynamo is 14-9-3 and plays Barys Nur-Sultan on Thursday, Sibir Novosibirsk on Saturday, Neftekhimik on Monday and Dinamo Riga on Wednesday.
Nikolai Kovalenko (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Nikolai Kovalenko played 13:28 in a 2-0 win over Sibir Novosibirsk on Tuesday and has five points (three goals, two assists) in 23 games this season. Lokomotiv next plays Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk on Thursday, Salavat Yulaev Ufa on Saturday and Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.
Danila Zhuravlyov (AK Bars Kazan): Danila Zhuravlyov logged 11:49 in AK Bars' 3-0 win at Avangard Omsk on Tuesday. Zhuravlyov has played in 20 games this year and has recorded six points (six assists) so far. Ak Bars takes Traktor Chelyabinsk on Thursday and Sibir Novosibirsk on Wednesday.