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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 10

The Eagles open up the regular season

by Kate Reed /

Colorado Eagles

The Colorado Eagles dropped both game to the Stockton Heat in their two-game homestand to open the regular season last weekend. Colorado opened the 2019-20 campaign at the Budweiser Events Center on Friday with a 5-2 loss before falling 4-2 on Saturday.

Goaltenders Antoine Bibeau and Adam Werner started in the two games against Stockton, with Bibeau saving 19-of-24 shots on Friday and Werner making 24-of-27 saves on Saturday.

Right wing Michael Joly scored two of the team's four goals, notching one in both contests. In addition, center Sheldon Dries scored on Friday, while defenseman Calle Rosen tallied on Saturday.

Erik Condra, Kevin Connauton, Jayson Megna, T.J. Tynan and Rosen all made their Eagles debuts on Friday, while Nick Henry recorded his first pro point with an assist in the contest.

The Avalanche made two transactions with the Eagles earlier in the week, reassigning Conor Timmins, who made his NHL debut over the weekend, and recalling Connauton.

Colorado has a quiet week ahead as the team will head to California for a quick one-game trip against the Ontario Reign on Thursday.

Upcoming Games:
Oct. 11 at Ontario Reign
Oct. 18 at Milwaukee Admirals
Oct. 19 at Milwaukee Admirals

Utah Grizzlies

The Utah Grizzlies played two preseason games against the Idaho Steelheads last weekend. Utah won the first contest 5-2 on Friday but fell 5-1 in the second on Saturday. Utah will open the regular season against Idaho at home on Friday before hosting a rematch on Saturday.

Left wing Travis Barron is the only Grizzlies player currently signed with the Avalanche. He skated in both preseason contests, scoring one of the five goals in the first game.


Boston College: The Boston College Eagles played in an exhibition game against the University of New Brunswick Reds on Saturday and won 4-2. Forward Alex Newhook recorded one assist in the contest, while fellow freshman and Avs prospect Drew Helleson also skated in the contest. The Eagles will start their regular season on Friday against Wisconsin.

University of Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish suited up to claim a 4-2 victory against the U.S. National Team Development Program in an exhibition game on Sunday. Avalanche prospects Cam Morrison, Nick Leivermann and Nate Clurman all skated in the contest, with Morrison recording one assist. Notre Dame opens its regular season with Friday and Sunday games against the Air Force Academy.

Sampo Ranta (University of Minnesota): Sampo Ranta and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers tied the Mount Royal Cougars 2-2 in an exhibition game on Sunday. Ranta had one assist in the third period on the goal that tied the outing at 2-all. Minnesota will play back-to-back games at Colorado College on Friday and Saturday to open its season. The Golden Gophers' home opener is on Oct. 18 against Niagara University.

Denis Smirnov (Penn State University): Smirnov and Penn State took the ice in a 5-0 win against the University of Ottawa in an exhibition game on Sunday. The 2019-20 campaign will be Smirnov's fourth with the Nittany Lions, as he has recorded 96 total points (42 goals, 54 assists) in his collegiate career so far. Penn State will open the season on Friday with a weekend series against Sacred Heart University.

Matthew Stienburg (Cornell University): Matthew Stienburg will play his first exhibition game with Cornell University on Oct. 20 at home against Nipissing University. Stienburg will open his first NCAA campaign against Michigan State University on Nov. 1. The Big Red's next event however is their annual Red/White Scrimmage on Oct. 18. The squad will also play the U.S. NTDP in an exhibition on Oct. 26. The 19-year-old center was selected in the third round (No. 63 overall) of the 2019 draft by the Avalanche. He has played with St. Andrew's College for the past two seasons and played three games with the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers. He skated in the playoffs twice with St. Andrew's College and recorded a total of 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists).

Tyler Weiss (University of Nebraska Omaha): Tyler Weiss skated with the rest of his University of Nebraska Omaha teammates in an exhibition game against Manitoba on Monday. The game ended in a 3-3 tie, but the Mavericks did go on to win the shootout at the end. This is Weiss' second season at Nebraska after being picked by the Avalanche at No. 104 overall in the 2018 draft. Nebraska will begins its season-opening series at home on Friday against the University of Alabama Huntsville.  


Alex Beaucage (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies played two games last week. They fell 6-2 to the Moncton Wildcats on Friday before losing 4-3 in a shootout to the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Saturday. Alex Beaucage has eight points (five goals, three assists) in eight games this season. The Huskies will continue their campaign on Thursday against Acadie-Bathurst, Friday against Charlottetown and Sunday against Cape Breton.


Vancouver Giants: The Giants had a busy week as they played four games against WHL Eastern Conference teams. Vancouver opened play with a 3-0 loss on Friday at the Brandon Wheat Kings before bouncing back with a 4-0 victory on Saturday at the Winnipeg ICE, which featured Bowen Byram scoring his first goal of the season. The Giants then fell 4-2 on Tuesday at the Prince Albert Raiders and 2-1 on Wednesday at the Saskatoon Blades, with Byram picking up an assist in the latter contest to bring his season point total to seven (one goal, six assists). Goaltender Trent Miner played in two of the contests, as he stopped 29 shots in both Friday and Wednesday's contest. Miner has a 1-4-0 record, 3.46 goals-against average and .878 save percentage on the year.

Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings): In the Brandon Wheat Kings past four games, Luka Burzan has scored two goals and recorded one assist, bringing his season total to seven points (four goals, three assists). The Wheat Kings opened the week with a 3-0 win on Friday against Vancouver in which Burzan recorded a goal and an assist. Brandon lost 2-1 on Saturday to the Edmonton Oil Kings before winning 5-4 in a shootout against Saskatoon on Sunday. Brandon's next game is at home against the Saskatoon Blades on Friday.

Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans): Sasha Mutala and the Tri-City Americans lost their only game of the week, as they fell 7-1 to the Spokane Chiefs. Mutala did record an assist in the contest and now has nine points (three goals, six assists) on the campaign. He leads the club in goals (tied) and points. Tri-City will play against the Victoria Royals on Friday and the Prince George Cougars on Saturday.


Shamil Shmakov (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders): Shmakov played in one game last week and made 26-of-27 saves in a 5-1 victory on Saturday against the U.S. National Team Development Program. Cedar Rapids began the week on Friday with an 8-4 win against Team USA. Shmakov has won both of his games he's played in this year, posting a 1.00 goals-against average and .966 save percentage. The RoughRiders have one game this weekend, as they take on Waterloo on Friday. This is Shmakov's first season in Cedar Rapids after being drafted by the Avs at No. 202 overall in 2018.


Justus Annunen (Kärpät): Justus Annunen played in one of Kärpät's two games this week. He helped Kärpät claim a 2-0 victory over SaiPa on Thursday after saving all 25 shots he faced. Karpat began the week with a 3-0 victory against Assat. Annunen has a 3-0-2 record, 1.19 goals-against average and .952 save percentage this season. Kärpät will play Jukurit on Friday and Tappara on Saturday.


Sergei Boikov (Dynamo Moscow): Boikov did not skate in any games this past week with Dynamo Moscow, and he has played in three games this season. His team started the week with a 4-1 win versus Avtomobilitst Ekaterinburg on Saturday before losing 1-0 to Sibir Novosibirsk on Monday and 3-2 to Traktor Chelyabinsk on Wednesday. Dynamo will take on Avtomobilitst Ekaterinburg on Saturday, Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Monday and CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

Nikolai Kovalenko (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Nikolai Kovalenko has two goals and one assist in 12 games this season. Lokomotiv won one of its three games last week, defeating Avangard Omsk 2-1 on Sunday. Lokomotiv lost 5-2 to Metallurg on Thursday and 4-0 to Ak Bars on Tuesday. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl next plays against HC Sochi on Thursday before facing Kunlun Red Star Beijing on Sunday and Amur Khabarovsk on Tuesday.

Danila Zhuravlyov (Ak Bars Kazan): Zhuravlyov helped lead his team to a 4-0-0 record in their last four games. The defenseman has a total of four points (four assists) this season and currently has a plus-7 rating. In the past three games that he has played in, he combined for a total of 39:02 of ice time. Ak Bars defeated Dinamo Minsk 4-2 on Sunday and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on Tuesday. Ak Bars Kazan will take on CSKA Moscow on Friday and Avtomobilitst Ekaterinburg on Monday.

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