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Francouz Moves Across the Pond to Fulfill His Dream

Goaltender Pavel Francouz is in his first season in North America after spending the last three years in the KHL

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

A version of the following story appeared in the 2018-19 first edition of AVALANCHE, the official game magazine of the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club. For more feature stories, purchase a copy of the magazine during Avs home games at Pepsi Center. All proceeds from game-magazine sales support youth hockey associations in Colorado.

When Pavel Francouz was not even 8 years old, he watched his country win its first winter Olympic gold medal. He knew then that he wanted to be a professional hockey player.

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Avalanche Farm Report: Dec. 4

Newly-drafted goaltender Shamil Shmakov is healthy and making an impact in Russia

by Dan Vatch /

Spotlight On: Shamil Shmakov, G, Sibirskie Snaipery (Russia Jr.)

Goaltender Shamil Shmakov was drafted this past summer by the Colorado Avalanche in the seventh round (202nd overall) at the 2018 NHL Draft.

The Moscow, Russia, native has played for Sibirskie Snaipery of Russia's junior league since the 2016-17 campaign and appeared in a career-high 51 games last season. In those outings in 2017-18, Shmakov posted solid numbers with a 36-4-2 record, 2.03 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.

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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 27

Pavel Francouz and the Eagles got back on track

by Miranda Einhorn /

Spotlight On: Pavel Francouz, G, Colorado Eagles

Pavel Francouz won three straight games this past week, including two that needed extra time.

The Eagles goaltender stopped 27 shots on Tuesday at Bakersfield, 31 pucks on Friday in an overtime outing against San Jose and denied 39 shots in a shooting victory on Saturday versus the Barracuda. It was Francouz's first AHL shootout win.

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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 20

Denis Smirnov has seven points through nine games this season

by Dan Vatch /

Spotlight On: Denis Smirnov, RW, Penn State

Denis Smirnov was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the sixth round (156th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. The Moscow, Russia, native played three seasons in the United States Hockey League before committing to Penn State University for the 2016-17 campaign.

This season, Smirnov has reached the scoresheet in seven of his nine appearances, all coming during a seven-game point streak (two goals, five assists) from Oct. 20-Nov. 16. Through 11 games, Penn State holds a 9-1-1 record.

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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 13

Shane Bowers is heating up at Boston University

by Miranda Einhorn /

Spotlight On: Shane Bowers, C, Boston University

Shane Bowers tallied this third and fourth goals of the season last Saturday, marking his first multi-point night of the campaign. Both goals came in odd-man situations in Boston University's game against New Hampshire--the first on a power-play and the second on the penalty kill. His short-handed marker came 3:06 into overtime to give the Terriers a 3-2 victory.

The BU sophomore ranks tied for sixth on the team in scoring with four points (three goals, one assist) in seven NCAA games this year.

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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 6

Goaltender Adam Werner made three starts this week in the SHL

by Dan Vatch /

Spotlight On: Adam Werner

Adam Werner started in three games this week, posting a record of 1-1-1. In those contests, the 21-year-old made 31 saves in a 3-2 loss on Tuesday, and made 24 stops each in a 3-2 overtime loss on Thursday and a 4-1 win on Saturday.

The Mariestad, Sweden, native has a 3-1-2 record to begin the 2018-19 season and owns a .923 save percentage and 2.03 goals-against average.

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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 30

Agozzino has seven points in eight games to start the year

by Miranda Einhorn /

Spotlight On: Andrew Agozzino

Andrew Agozzino had a multi-point weekend for the Colorado Eagles, scoring two goals on Friday and adding an assist on Saturday. The left wing's first marker on Friday evening came on the power play and was the fourth game in a row that the Eagles scored on the power play. His second tally, a wraparound goal, gave the team its first lead of the night, although Colorado eventually fell to the Idaho Wild 6-5 in overtime.

Agozzino is second on the team in points after this weekend with seven (three goals, four assists) in eight games played and is tied for first on the team with a plus-4 rating.

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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 23

Cam Morrison and Notre Dame are off to a strong start in NCAA hockey

by Dan Vatch /

Spotlight On: Cam Morrison, LW, Notre Dame (Big Ten)

Cam Morrison recorded his first multi-point game of the season for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Friday in a 4-1 win against the University of Nebraska Omaha. The junior forward opened the scoring just 4:26 into the contest and factored in on the next two Fighting Irish goals with two assists. He now has two goals and two assists in four games this season

Morrison, 20, was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round (40th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft after recording 66 points (34 goals, 32 assists) in 60 games for the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League. That season, he played in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was named USHL Rookie of the Year while also earning a spot on the league's First All-Star Team and All-Rookie Team.

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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 16

Cale Makar was named the Hockey East Player of the Week after his four-point game in the season opener

by Miranda Einhorn /

Spotlight On: Cale Makar

Cale Makar, the Colorado Avalanche's first selection (first round, fourth overall) at the 2017 NHL Draft, has started the season strong for the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Minutemen. The defenseman had a four-point night in his team's season opener on Friday--notching two goals and two assists--and a game-high six shots. The Calgary, Alberta, native led UMass to a 6-1 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and was the first UMass defenseman to post four points in a game since Mike Kostka on Nov. 18, 2006.  

Following his first career NCAA multi-goal outing, Makar added three shots and two penalty minutes on Saturday in the Minutemen's 3-1 win over RPI. On Monday, he was named the Hockey East Player of the Week for the second time in his collegiate career.

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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 9

Sampo Ranta scored in his first two games with the University of Minnesota

by Dan Vatch /

Spotlight On: Sampo Ranta (University of Minnesota)

Sampo Ranta, the Colorado Avalanche's third selection (third round, 78th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft, started the campaign fast, scoring in each of the first two games of his freshman season with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Minnesota played in a back-to-back set against the University of Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday and Sunday, tying the first game 1-1 and prevailing in the final game by a score of 7-4.

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