While the parent organization waits patiently to eclipse the 50 point plateau, prospect Ty Lewis reaches this milestone first for the Avalanche on Friday night with an assist on the a 4-3 overtime winning goal over Medicine Hat. Lewis added another three points the following evening to currently sit at 53 points in 30 games and 6th in WHL scoring heading into the final week of action prior to the holiday break. It was the Wheat Kings’ eighth win in a row and stretched Lewis’ point streak to 12 games with 8 goals and 14 assists in that span. Below is one of the goals from that Saturday 6-4 victory over Kelowna, who had brought their own seven game win streak into the contest but was no match for Lewis and the Wheat Kings.
AJ Greer is back in action for the San Antonio Rampage and it didn’t take Greer long to pick up where he left off. Although he didn’t put any points on the board in the Friday 5-3 win over Bakersfield, Greer fired six shots on goal. He added four more shots the following day in the 4-3 overtime loss to Ontario but got back to his goal per game pace with this sweet individual effort for a score. He is starting to look dominant at the AHL level now and a callup back to Colorado should soon be in his future.
Denis Smirnov had himself a game scoring two goals and two assists in Penn State’s 7-4 victory over Robert Morris on Saturday in addition to the goal he scored the night before. For his efforts Smirnov was named the first star in the entirety of NCAA hockey for the week. Smirnov is second on the team in goals with nine and third in points with 17 despite missing nearly half of the season thus far. Also seems the NCAA likes scheduled teddy bear tosses. Too bad Smirnov’s first goal wasn’t the impetus to release the bears.
Check out the highlights ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/F4m4Tz2USX
— Penn State Men’s Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) December 10, 2017
It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the Ottawa 67s in only picking up one victory in that span but Travis Barron has been trying to get his team going by averaging 5 shots on goal per game and going two thirds of the way to a Gordie Howe hat trick on Friday night’s 5-3 loss to Oshawa. Below is the fight portion and Barron added a tipped in goal as well. Barron and the Ottawa 67s this weekend will play an outdoor game against the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques and the game counts for both teams in their regular standings. Barron talks about that game and a bit about camp with the Avalanche HERE.
Travis Barron Throwing Fists:https://t.co/j6tOIeZJ0Z
— Nathan Rudolph (@DNVR_Rudo) December 10, 2017
The Soo Greyhounds might never lose another game as their streak keeps rolling but the Brandon Wheat Kings jump up with their own winning streak propelling them up the standings.
#CHL Announces Week 13 Top-10 Rankings:
1-SSM, 2-MJ, 3-SAR, 4-BDN, 5-BLB, 6-SC, 7-RIM, 8-POR, 9-DRU, 10-HAM.
Honours: ROU, KIT, BAT. pic.twitter.com/bPu7p2cAsP
— Canadian Hockey League (@CHLHockey) December 13, 2017
For Your Viewing Pleasure:
No prospect games this week but in the CHL Saturday Showcase, a good draft scouting tilt between Acadie-Bathurst (Noah Dobson) and Moncton (Anderson MacDonald). Puck drops on Saturday, December 16th at 1:30pm MT on Sportsnet and NHL Network.