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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 24

Goaltender Justus Annunen sets Liiga record for longest shutout streak

by Kate Reed /

Colorado Eagles

The Colorado Eagles visited the Milwaukee Admirals last weekend to play back-to-back contests, both of which needed extra time.

On Friday, Colorado came out on top with a 3-2 shootout win as netminder Adam Werner saved 28 of the 30 shots he faced and blocked both of Milwaukee's shootout attempts. Forwards Jayson Megna and Sheldon Dries scored the two goals in regulation, while A.J. Greer scored the decisive tally in the shootout to give Colorado the win. Dries also picked up an assist in addition to defenseman Conor Timmins and Kevin Connauton.

The Eagles faced Milwaukee again on Saturday, winning 3-2 in overtime. Colorado scored in the first period and Milwaukee tied it in the second. Forward Erik Condra scored at the beginning of the third period but the Admirals knotted the game at 2-2 with 2:24 remaining in regulation.

For the third game in a row, the Eagles needed more than 60 minutes to determine a winner and Logan O'Connor tallied his first of the year just 45 seconds into extra time to seal the win. T.J. Tynan and Jacob MacDonald collected two assists each in the outing while O'Connor and Timmins also recorded helpers.

There were 150 combined penalty minutes in Saturday's game and Greer was suspended by the AHL for six games following the contest.

The Eagles collected all six possible points on their three-game road trip and return home to face the San Jose Barracuda this weekend. Tynan leads the team with seven points (seven assists), followed by MacDonald's five points (one goal, four assists).

Upcoming Games:

Oct. 25 vs. San Jose Barracuda
Oct. 26 vs. San Jose Barracuda
Nov. 1 at San Diego Gulls

Utah Grizzlies

The Utah Grizzlies played back-to-back contests away against the Allen Americans on Friday and Saturday, winning 10-4 on Friday and falling 5-4 in overtime on Saturday.

Utah came out hard on Friday, scoring four in the first frame with two tallies from Josh Dickinson and one from Travis Barron. The Grizzlies scored four more times in the second period, including Dickinson's third goal to complete his second hat trick in as many games. All four of the Americans' goals were scored in the second stanza, but two more Grizzlies' goals in the third sealed the victory.

Saturday's game featured another goal from Dickinson in the first period. Barron also found the back of the net in the second period and recorded one assist. A goal by the Americans in the third tied the game at 4-4, sending the teams to overtime. Allen found the back of the net at the 1:18 mark of the extra frame, dealing the Grizzlies their first overtime loss of the season.

Utah will play a back-to-back series on the road this weekend with contests against the Rapid City Rush on Friday and Saturday.


Boston College: Boston College dropped both of its contests against the University of Denver last weekend in a 3-0 loss on Friday and a 6-4 loss on Saturday. Forward Alex Newhook and defenseman Drew Helleson both scored their first collegiate goals in the second matchup. Newhook found the back of the net to give the Eagles their first goal in the game, and Helleson scored the fourth and final goal of the contest for Boston. BC is now 2-2-0 on the season and hosts Providence College on Friday.  

University of Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish did not play any games this week following its sweep of the Air Force Academy last weekend. Cam Morrison has played in two games this season and recorded two points (two goals). Nick Leivermann and Nate Clurman have also played in two games and each logged one assist. Notre Dame will take on Lake Superior State in back-to-back contests on Friday and Saturday.

Sampo Ranta (University of Minnesota): Forward Sampo Ranta skated in both the University of Minnesota's wins over Niagara University last weekend. He found the back of the net during a power play on Friday in the Gophers' 3-2 win. The Gophers won against Niagara again in a 4-2 victory on Saturday at home moving their season record to 3-1-0. Minnesota plays next at home on Friday and away on Saturday against the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Denis Smirnov (Penn State University): Denis Smirnov helped the Nittany Lions claim a 7-0 victory over the University of Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday, tallying three points in the game (one goal, two assists). Smirnov scored the final goal of the game on a power play in the third period, his first marker of the season. Smirnov and the Nittany Lions fell to Alaska in a 4-0 loss on Friday, giving them a 3-1-0 record on the season. Penn State will next play Robert Morris University on Friday.

Matthew Stienburg (Cornell University): Matthew Stienburg played in the annual Red/White Game between the Cornell men's and women's hockey teams, where the red team (men's hockey) came out on top. Stienburg did not skate in Cornell's 6-2 exhibition game win on Sunday over Nipissing University. Cornell will play another exhibition game on Saturday against the U.S. National Team Development Program before opening its season on Nov. 1 at Michigan State University.

Tyler Weiss (University of Nebraska Omaha): Tyler Weiss skated in both the University of Nebraska Omaha's 3-2 loss on Friday and 2-1 victory on Saturday over Ohio State University. Weiss had two shots on goal during the weekend, recording one in each game. Nebraska is now 3-1-0 and will head to the University of Alaska Anchorage to play in back-to-back contests on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.


Alex Beaucage (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies fell to the Val-d'Or Foreurs 4-2 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday. Alex Beaucage scored in the first period of Friday's matchup and recorded assists on both of the Huskies' goals on Saturday. He also scored twice in the Huskies finished the week with a 5-2 win against the Gatineau Olympiques on Wednesday. Rouyn-Noranda is now 7-6-0-1 this season and will play the Acadie-Bathurst Titans on Thursday, and Charlottetown Islanders on Sunday before wrappingup the week at the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Wednesday.


Vancouver Giants: Defenseman Bowen Byram played in all three of the Vancouver Giants' contests last weekend and had a goal and assist as goaltender Trent Miner was between the pipes in the Giants' 4-3 shootout victory over the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday. Vancouver was shut out 6-0 by the Kamloops Blazers on Friday and fell 3-1 to the Victoria Royals on Sunday. Miner is now 2-4-0 with a .879 save percentage and 3.35 goals-against average on the season. Byram has also now recorded 12 points (two goals, 10 assists), tied for second on the Giants. Vancouver is now 7-7-0 this season and will next take on the Everett Silvertips on Friday and Prince George Cougars on Sunday.

Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings): The Brandon Wheat Kings went 2-2-0 in four contests this week. Luka Burzan did not find the scoresheet in the Wheat Kings' 3-2 overtime win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday and skated with his team in its 4-1 loss to the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday. Burzan had a goal and two assists as his team erupted to a 10-2 win at the Tri-City Americans on Tuesday. The forward had three shots on goals when Brandon finished the week with a 7-1 loss at the Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday. The Wheat Kings take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday and Swift Current Broncos on Saturday.

Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans): Alternate captain Sasha Mutala scored the only goal for the Tri-City Americans in a 5-1 loss to the Everett Silvertips on Friday. He saw his six-game point streak end in Saturday's 3-2 shootout victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds, and did not find the scoresheet as Tri-City fell 10-2 to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Tuesday. Mutala leads his team with 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 10 games this season. Tri-City will next play the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday and Prince George Cougars on Saturday.


Shamil Shmakov (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders): Shamil Shmakov was between the pipes for two of the three Cedar Rapids RoughRiders matchups this weekend. He made 26-of-27 saves in the 2-1 home victory over the Omaha Lancers and did not play in the Cedar Rapids 6-5 loss at Omaha on Saturday. He served as the netminder in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Tri-City Storm, stopping 24 of the 28 shots he faced. Shmakov has a 3-1-0 record with a .938 save percentage and 1.76 goals-against average on the season. The RoughRiders are 5-3-0 and will head to Wisconsin to take on the Madison Capitals on Friday and Green Bay Gamblers on Saturday.


Justus Annunen (Kärpät): Justus Annunen stopped all 25 shots he faced on Saturday in Karpat's 1-0 victory over KooKoo to earn his fourth shutout of the season. He also kept the Pelicans off the board until the third period of Karpat's 5-3 win on Wednesday to set a new Liiga shutout streak record at 302 minutes and five seconds. Annunen is now 5-0-2 this season with a 1.12 goals-against average and .952 save percentage. Kärpät has a 9-1-4 record heading into Friday's matchup at KalPa, Saturday's outing versus HPK and Wednesday's game against Lukko.


Sergei Boikov (Dynamo Moscow): Sergei Boikov scored the eventual game-winning goal in Dynamo's 4-1 win against Admiral Vladivostok on Wednesday after not skating in Moscow's 2-1 victory over Kunlun Beijing on Saturday or the 5-1 win over Amur Khabarovsk on Monday. Dynamo Moscow is 12-7-3 this season plays next on Tuesday at Avangard Omsk.

Nikolai Kovalenko (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Nikolai Kovalenko took Lokomotiv's second shot in a shootout in Yraoslavl's 4-3 win over Admiral Vladivostok on Thursday. He skated in Monday's 2-1 loss to Traktor Chelyabinsk as well, recording five hits in 8:39 of ice time. Kovalenko has tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in 16 games this season. The 8-11-0 Lokomotiv team will travel to play Barys Nur-Sultan on Thursday and SKA Saint Petersburg on Saturday before hosting Torpedo Nizhny on Tuesday.

Danila Zhuravlyov (Ak Bars Kazan): Danila Zhuravlyov did not take the ice in Ak Bars Kazan's 4-3 overtime win over Jokerit Helsinki on Thursday or the 3-1 loss to Salavat Yulaev Ufa on Saturday. He helped Ak Bars claim a 6-1 victory over Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg on Monday, finishing the game with a plus-1 rating. The defenseman also skated in Wednesday's 1-0 shootout loss to Metallurg Magnitogorsk, logging 11:58 of ice time. He has four points (four assists) on the season after playing in 16 games. Ak Bars is 15-4-1 so far and will travel to Barys Nur-Sultan on Saturday and host Amur Khabarovsk on Monday.

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