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Burgundy Tops White 3-2

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Team Burgundy rallied back from a 2-1 deficit in the third period to earn a 3-2 victory over Team White in front of a sold-out crowd at 1STBank Center in the Colorado Avalanche’s annual Burgundy/White Game on Monday evening.

Chris Stewart and T.J. Galiardi each had a goal and an assist for Team Burgundy, while Philippe Dupuis scored the game-winner with 4:10 remaining.

“The first period was a little bit sluggish I thought. The guys were probably a little bit tired,” said Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco. “But I thought in the second and third periods the pace started to pick up again. It was better. I’m looking at certain players for some preseason games, and this game certainly helped me identify some of those players.”

The two teams battled to a stalemate in the first period, with Craig Anderson turning away nine shots for Team Burgundy and Peter Budaj making four saves for Team White.

The evening’s first tally came 34:43 into the contest, when Team White’s Ryan O’Reilly walked in from the half wall and beat Burgundy netminder Trevor Cann to the short side. Assists on the play went to David Jones and Stefan Elliott.

It would be the only goal of the middle frame, as Brandon Maxwell turned away all 13 shots he saw in the White net.

The third period started out with a bang, as both teams found the back of the net in the first 2:11. Galiardi put Team Burgundy on the board 29 seconds into the final frame, as he one-timed a drop pass from Stewart inside the left circle and blasted one past new Team White netminder Calvin Pickard.

On the other end of the ice, Matt Ford ended up scoring a fluky goal at the 2:11 mark to help Team White reclaim the advantage. After gaining the offensive zone, Ford fired a seemingly innocent wrist shot toward Cann. However, the shot redirected off a Burgundy defender’s stick and changed angles sharply. As Cann tried to adjust, the puck trickled past him and into the far side of the goal to make it a 2-1 contest.

Midway through the third period the Burgundy squad started turning on the offensive pressure in an effort to tie the game. Included in a flurry of chances was a Jonas Holos point shot that eluded Pickard but found the goal post.

Soon thereafter, Burgundy would strike twice within a 2:24 span to take the lead for good.

Stewart knotted things up at 2-2 with 6:34 remaining when he took a pass from Galiardi, snuck into the slot and put a low wrist shot past Pickard. Dupuis then netted the game-winning goal with 4:10 left when his shot from the low right circle found the back of the net.

Team White had a chance to tie the game late when Zach Cohen was sent to the box for tripping with 1:11 remaining, but couldn’t convert. White’s best chance came on a Peter Mueller rebound attempt from the left side that went behind Cann but slid through the crease.

Many of the line combinations and defensive pairings used today were the same as those utilized during the two days of scrimmages at training camp. For Team White, Matt Duchene centered a line that also included Peter Mueller and Milan Hejduk. Also for Team White, Ryan O’Reilly skated with Brandon Yip and David Jones on his wings. On the Team White blue line, John-Michael Liles and Colby Cohen were paired up, as were Kevin Shattenkirk and Scott Hannan.

For Team Burgundy, Paul Stastny centered a line of Chris Stewart and T.J. Galiardi, while Kyle Quincey and Jonas Holos were again paired together on the back end. In addition, Avalanche captain Adam Foote skated with prospect Joel Chouinard.

The Burgundy team head coach was Dan Laperriere (assistant coach of the Lake Erie Monsters), while the White team was led by David Quinn (head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters)…Craig Anderson stopped all 13 shots he faced in 29:37 of action…Burgundy out-shot White, 35-30...As always, fans were treated to a shootout following the contest, during which Team White center Matt Duchene was the only one of the six shooters to connect.

Giving Back
A portion of the proceeds from tonight’s game will benefit Kroenke Sports Charities and Colorado Avalanche Youth Hockey programs.  The previous 10 Burgundy/White games have generated in excess of $500,000 for various charitable causes throughout Colorado.  Since 1995, the Colorado Avalanche Community Fund and Kroenke Sports Charities have made donations exceeding $12 million to local charities throughout Colorado.
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