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White Wins In Shootout, 3-2

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Paul Stastny scored the lone goal in a shootout to give Team White a 3-2 victory over Team Burgundy in the Avalanche’s 10th annual Burgundy/White Game tonight at Cadet Ice Arena on the grounds of the Air Force Academy.

Matt Hendricks and Kelsey Tessier each recorded a goal for the victors, while Matt Duchene and Chris Stewart both tallied in a losing effort.

“I thought that there was a lot of intensity in the shifts,” said Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco. “There were spurts where the pace dropped off for a little bit, but overall for a Burgundy/White Game you could tell that guys were trying to impress you. They were doing everything they could to try and earn a spot on this team.”

Hendricks and Tessier staked Team Burgundy to a 2-1 lead after one period of play. Hendricks kicked off the scoring at the 1:40 mark after taking a drop pass from Darren Haydar in the left faceoff circle and blasting a shot past Team White netminder Peter Budaj’s glove. Tessier then made it 2-0 after cutting toward the net and burying a centering feed from Matt Clarke at 10:35.

Team White cut its deficit in half at 15:49 on Duchene’s tally, as the youngster’s centering pass from the goal line extended deflected off a Burgundy defender’s skate and into the net.

Stewart had an opportunity to tie the game for White with 3:10 remaining in the frame, but the forward was denied after Burgundy netminder Craig Anderson stacked his pads to make the save.

However, Stewart atoned for his earlier miss by netting the lone goal of the middle frame. During a Team White power play, Stewart capitalized on the rebound of a Codey Burki attempt at 10:25 to tie the game, 2-2, heading into the third period.

To start the final frame, Tyler Weiman took over goaltending duties for Team White, while Trevor Cann entered the net for Team Burgundy. Both Weiman (17 saves) and Cann (5 saves) held their ground during the final 20 minutes of action, leading to the shootout.

During the shootout, Stastny notched the lone goal by tucking a backhander between Cann’s legs to give Team White the victory.

Game Notes
Veteran defenseman Adam Foote wore the captain’s ‘C’ for the first time as a member of the Avalanche…Foote was named team captain on Sept. 11…Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny, who were named assistant captains on the same day, wore the A’s on their sweaters tonight…Lake Erie assistant coach Dan Laperriere and Avalanche scout Guy Perron coached the Burgundy squad, while Lake Erie head coach David Quinn and Avalanche scout Neil Shea guided the White team...Hendricks was involved in two scuffles tonight, first squaring off against Chris Durno before going toe-to-toe with Stewart.

For a Good Cause
The Avalanche announced today that the organization has now surpassed half a million dollars in donations to various charitable causes through the annual Burgundy/White Game.

Proceeds from this year’s game once again benefited military families and initiatives of The Home Front Cares, as well as the Colorado Avalanche Youth Hockey programs.

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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