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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 17

Josh Dickinson recorded a hat trick on Wednesday

by Zach Shapiro /

Colorado Eagles

Jayson Megna scored two goals in the final 2:12 of regulation and assisted Jacob MacDonald's overtime-winner to lift the Colorado Eagles over the Ontario Reign, 4-3, on Friday. Colorado forward T.J. Tynan notched three assists in the game and goaltender Adam Werner stopped 33 of the 36 shots for his first win of the season.

Eagles defenseman Mark Alt scored the game's first goal, but the Eagles faced a 3-1 deficit before Megna's late magic. Megna's second goal, with 25 seconds left, came on a 6-4 chance after the Eagles pulled Werner to double-down on a power-play opportunity.

The victory marked Colorado's first win of the year after it dropped the two games of the season to the Stockton Heat. T.J. Tynan has a team-leading five helpers on the season while Megna (two goals, one assist) and MacDonald (one goal, two assists) are tied for second on the team in scoring.

Upcoming Games:
Oct. 18 at Milwaukee Admirals
Oct. 19 at Milwaukee Admirals
Oct. 25 vs. San Jose Barracuda

Utah Grizzlies

The Utah Grizzlies dropped their first two games of the year to the Idaho Steelheads, 3-2 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday, but earned a 7-1 victory at the Wichita Thunder on Wednesday.

Utah outscored Idaho 2-1 in the last two periods on Friday but couldn't overcome the two-goal deficit after the first. Travis Barron, who scored one of the goals that night and leads the team with two on the year, also found the net for the Grizzlies lone goal on Saturday. Brandon Saigeon also recorded a helper in both of the outings.

On Wednesday, Josh Dickinson recorded a hat trick, finding the back of the net three times and adding an assist, as Utah earned a 7-1 win versus Wichita. Barron also scored twice in the contest and Saigeon added his third assist of the season.

The Grizzlies return home to host back-to-back contests against the Allen Americans on Friday and Saturday next week.


Boston College: Forward Alex Newhook and defenseman Drew Helleson both skated in each of Boston College's outings this week, a 5-3 win against Wisconsin on Friday and a 3-0 shutout victory at Colgate College on Sunday. Boston College is 3-0-0 on the year and will play back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday at University of Denver.

University of Notre Dame: The Irish won both of its games against Air Force this week to start the season with a 2-0 record. Cam Morrison scored and Nate Clurman added an assist in Notre Dame's 4-3 win on Friday. Morrison tallied the first goal in his team's 6-1 win over Air Force on Sunday, while Nick Leivermann got an assist on the final tally. The Irish are home for the next two games against Lake Superior State on Oct. 25 and 26.

Sampo Ranta (University of Minnesota): Sampo Ranta put his team on the board in a 4-3 win over Colorado College on Saturday, scoring on a power play in the second period. With its 3-2 loss to Colorado College the night before, Minnesota moved to 1-1-0 on the season. The Golden Gophers play back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday against Niagara University.

Denis Smirnov (Penn State University): The Nittany Lions are 2-0-0, beating Sacred Heart 8-2 on Friday and 5-4 on Saturday. Denis Smirnov skated in both games and recorded two assists on Friday, including the primary helper on the eventual game-winner. Penn State takes on University of Alaska Fairbanks at home on Thursday and Friday. 

Matthew Stienburg (Cornell University): Matthew Stienburg will play his first exhibition game with Cornell University on Sunday at home against Nipissing University. He will also play his first NCAA campaign against Michigan State University on Nov. 1, however the Big Red's next event is their annual Red/White Scrimmage on Friday. Drafted by the Avalanche in the third round in 2019 (No. 63 overall), Stienburg became the highest-selected Cornell player since 2007, when Riley Nash was taken No. 21 overall by the Boston Bruins. In 113 games over the last two years with St. Andrew's College in Ontario, Stienburg scored 71 goals and added 89 assists.

Tyler Weiss (University of Nebraska Omaha): Tyler Weiss notched an assist in Nebraska Omaha's first regular season game, a 6-1 win against Alabama Huntsville on Friday. Omaha won 5-0 the next night in a rematch, but Weiss didn't play. His team travels to Ohio State for two games against the Buckeyes on Friday and Saturday. 


Alex Beaucage (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Through 11 games this season, Alex Beaucage has racked up 12 points (seven goals, five assists) for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Beaucage, who leads his team in shots on goal (51), notched two assists in his most recent game against the Cape Breton Eagles, an 8-4 loss on Sunday. He also scored twice on Thursday, including the game-winner in a 4-3 overtime win against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. He was held off the scoresheet as Rouyn-Noranda fell 5-0 to the Charlottetown Islanders on Friday. The Huskies are 6-4-1 to begin the season and will have back-to-back games against the Val-d'Or Foreurs, first at home on Friday then away on Saturday, and a matchup against the Gatineau Olympiques this week.


Vancouver Giants: Bowen Byram ranks third on his team in points, with 10 (one goal, nine assists), and is tied for the fourth-most assists in the WHL. After recording an assist on the Vancouver Giants first goal in their last win, 4-2 over the Regina Pats on Saturday, Byram added another assist on the game-winning goal. He also recorded an assist in the Giants' 4-1 win at the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday. Trent Miner did not appear in either game for Vancouver this week. He is 1-4-0 so far with a .878 save percentage. His last start came on October 9, when he saved 29-of 31 shots he faced in a 2-1 loss to the Saskatoon Blades. The Giants have three games in three days this week, traveling to play the Kamloops Blazers on Friday before returning home to host the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday and Victoria Royals on Sunday.

Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings): Luka Burzan leads his team, the Brandon Wheat Kings, with seven points (four goals, three assists) through eight games, as well as shots on goal (40). Though he didn't record a point last week, he tallied six shots on goal on Friday in the 2-1 loss to the Saskatoon Blades, then had two shot on goal in Brandon's 3-2 loss to the Everett Silvertips, a contest that started a stretch of seven straight road games for the Wheat Kings.

Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans): With 11 points (four goals, seven assists), Sasha Mutala leads the Tri-City Americans in points through seven games. He's also on a five-game point streak, going back to Sept. 27, registering three goals and four assists. Mutala also leads his team in shots on goal (24). He recorded an assist in his teams 4-3 overtime win against the Victoria Royals on Friday and scored the game-winner in a 4-2 victory against the Prince George Cougars on Saturday. The Americans, who are 5-3-0-1 after two straight wins, play next at the Everett Silvertips on Friday then at home against the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday and Brandon Wheat Kings on Tuesday.


Shamil Shmakov (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders): Shamil Shmakov has been between the pipes in two matchups this season and sports a 1.00 goals-against average and .966 save percentage. He served as the backup goaltender in Cedar Rapids' 4-3 loss to the Waterloo Black Hawks this week. The RoughRiders play the Omaha Lancers at home on Friday before traveling to Nebraska for a rematch on Saturday. 


Justus Annunen (Kärpät): Justus Annunen denied all 17 shots he faced on Friday to help his team earn a 4-0 win against Jukurit. He served as the backup in Karpat's 3-2 shootout loss to Tappara on Saturday. Annunen is 4-0-2 this year for Karpat and his 0.99 goals-against-average and .958 save percentage both rank third among goalies in the league. His team plays HIFK on Thursday, KooKoo on Saturday and the Pelicans on Wednesday.


Sergei Boikov (Dynamo Moscow): Sergei Boikov has blocked two shots and recorded seven hits in four games with the Dynamo Moscow. The defenseman returned to game action on Wednesday, recording one hit in 5:54 of ice time in Dynamo's 2-1 loss to CKSA Moscow. He did not dress in his team's 6-3 win against Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Monday or the 6-3 win against Avtomobilistt on Saturday. His team plays next at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

Nikolai Kovalenko (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Nokolai Kovalenko has three points (two goals, one assist) through 14 games this year with the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, who play at home next against Admiral Vladivostok on Thursday and face Traktor Chelyabinsk on Monday. Kovalenko skated 14:41 minutes against Kunlun RS in his team's 6-3 win on Sunday and logged 14:28 in a 2-1 loss to Amur Khabarovsk on Tuesday after sitting last Thursday in Lokomotiv's 1-0 win against HC Sochi.

Danila Zhuravlyov (Ak Bars Kazan): Danila Zhuravlyov has four points in 14 games, all assists, for Ak Bars Kazan. He skated 18:48 against CSKA Moscow in a 5-2 loss on Friday and 12:10 in a 3-1win against Avtomobilitst Ekaterinburg on Monday. His team plays next on the road at Jokerit Helsinki on Thursday. Ak Bars then hosts Salavat Yulaev on Saturday, Avtomobilist on Monday and Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Wednesday.

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