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Avalanche Farm Report: Sept. 27

Several prospects begin their new seasons

by Kate Reed /

Minor-League Camps

The Colorado Eagles, the Colorado Avalanche's American Hockey League affiliate, began their three-day training camp on Monday with a total of 24 players reporting to camp. The club had two days of practices at Budweiser Events Center before heading to San Jose for two preseason games.

The Eagles fell 3-0 to the San Jose Barracuda on Friday, and the clubs will meet again on Saturday night. Colorado opens the regular season on Oct. 4 at home against the Stockton Heat, one day after the Avalanche plays its home opener.

The Utah Grizzlies, Colorado's ECHL affiliate, will play two preseason games on Oct. 4-5 at home against the Idaho Steelheads. Utah will begin the regular season on Oct. 11 versus Idaho.


Alex Beaucage (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Beaucage currently has four total points (three goals, one assist) in two games with the Huskies. Beaucage is the second-highest scorer for the club this season behind only Tyler Hinam. In the Huskies' 6-3 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes on Saturday, Beaucage scored two goals and had one assist. His other goal came in a 5-4 loss against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Thursday. This week, the Huskies will play the Québec Remparts on Friday and Saturday.


Vancouver Giants: Goaltender Trent Miner played in one of the Vancouver Giants' two games this past week, leading them to a 5-3 victory against the Prince George Cougars last Friday. He saved 20 of the 23 total shots on goal during the outing, giving him an .900 save percentage. Additionally, he had one assist in the contest. The Giants are currently 2-0 on the season after defeating the Cougars 4-1 on Saturday. Next week, the club will play the Portland Winterhawks on Friday, Kamloops Blazers on Saturday and Kelowna Rockets on Sunday. Bowen Byram began the week at Avalanche training camp but joined the Giants on Thursday after being reassigned. He played in four preseason games with Colorado.

Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings): Burzan is the current scoring leader of the Wheat Kings with four points (two goals, two assists) after two games. The Wheat Kings played the Winnipeg ICE twice last weekend. They won 4-2 last Saturday after falling 3-2 the previous night in the season opener. Brandon plays again on Saturday at home against the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans): Mutala is the leading scorer in Tri-City's two games this season with four points (one goal, three assists). He is also the assist leader for the club with three. The Americans are 1-1 after defeating the Everett Silvertips 4-2 on Friday and falling 6-1 to the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday. The club has three games next week on Friday, Saturday and Wednesday against the Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs and Kelowna Rockets, respectively.


Justus Annunen (Kärpät Oulu): helped Kärpät win three straight games last week. On Wednesday, Annunen was in goal against Jukurit and ended with a .962 save percentage, making 25 saves in a 2-1 win. Annunen did not play in Friday's 3-1 win against the Lynx, but he made 24 saves in Saturday's 4-3 win over JYP. Kärpät will play Ilves on Saturday and Ässät on Thursday in outings this week.


Nikolai Kovalenko (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Kovalenko has been seeing plenty of ice time with Lokomotiv this season. This week, his team won 3-2 against Dinamo Riga on Wednesday before losing 3-2 to Vityaz Moscow on Friday and 4-1 to Jokerit Helsinki on Monday. Kovalenko combined for a total five shots on goal during these three games and had a total of 30:08 of ice time. So far this season, Kovalenko has one assist in six games played. Lokomotiv will play Dinamo Riga on Wednesday, Traktor Chelyabinsk on Sunday and Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg on Tuesday. 

Danila Zhuravlyov (Ak Bars Kazan): The defenseman helped Ak Bars to a 3-1 week and contributed two assists. He began the week with a helper on Thursday in a 4-1 victory against Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, and also had an assist last Wednesday in a 6-0 win against Traktor Chelyabinsk. Zhuravlyov also played in Kazan's 2-1 win versus Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Saturday and 4-2 loss to Sibir Novosibirsk on Monday. Ak Bars plays three games next week, beginning on Saturday against Kunlun Red Star Beijing. They also play on Monday versus Neftekhimik and Wednesday against SKA Saint Petersburg. Zhuravlyov has three assists and a plus-5 rating in nine games this season.

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