What better way to open the week than with a hat trick? Travis Barron provided the second Avs prospect hatty of the year as as seen below and also added an assist in Ottawa’s 6-2 win over Mississauga. This was a big win for the 67s in defeating a team who they are battling for one of the last playoff spots with plus there’s some history with Mississauga.
The captain set the tone both physically and emotionally in this contest as he usually does but was making things happen with the puck early, it was clear he was going to have a big impact in this game. It seems he never left the ice and was getting a dozen scoring chances to go along with the eventual four points and six shots on goal. Sometimes a bit too much is made of intangibles but Barron truly brings heart, grit, leadership and determination to the ice every night for his team. He might not be a big scorer at the next level but he’s someone every organization should want to have around.
Barron followed up that performance with another goal and assist in Ottawa’s 6-1 win over Peterborough on Sunday after a tough 9-3 defeat by Hamilton the night before. Barron now has 36 points, one shy of his career high.
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) January 18, 2018
Shane Bowers is quietly having a strong season as a freshman at BU. Over a weekend set against Merrimack he chipped in a goal as seen below and assist the first night in a 4-3 victory and an assist the following night in a 3-1 win. With the goal Bowers sits at ten goals for the season, which is third among NCAA freshmen. With 73 shots on goal as well, Bowers shows he is not afraid to shoot the puck. Bowers continues to play a big role at BU and has the production to go along with it, he’s not likely to stay in school too long.
Shane Bowers with a sweet Back Handhttps://t.co/LJc9LfnRyy
— Nathan Rudolph (@Nathan__Rudolph) January 22, 2018
The Brandon Wheat Kings have struggled since selling off two big pieces of their team at the WHL trade deadline. Now they embark on the challenge of a ten day and seven game road trip. The first week wasn’t as successful as they earned a 0-3-1 record in those first four games. Ty Lewis is still finding the scoresheet as he picked up two assists in the 4-3 overtime loss to Tri-City and a goal in the 4-3 loss to Portland. Lewis currently has 71 points now with 26 goals and 45 assists. Below is the first assist in that contest against Tri-City, a great effort to feed Carolina Hurricanes prospects Stelio Mattheos the puck with hard work and sharp vision.
CHL Top Prospects Game
One of the biggest draft events on the calendar arrives this week on Thursday, January 25th at 7pm ET on Sportsnet and NHL Network. This is a pretty exciting group of CHL draft eligibles with a lot of personal favorites and options for the Avs’ top 100 draft picks. It’s one game with loose structure but the pace and competitive spirit is pretty high.
The roster below has two notable changes, Jett Woo due to injury has been replaced by Drummondville defenseman Xavier Bernard and Alexander Alexeyev due to the death of his mother has been replaced by Kitchener defensemen Giovanni Vallati.
Check back after the game later this week for some standouts and highlights. In the meantime, here’s a primer and ranking on the Top 100 CHL players.
40 Top Prospects from across the #CHL are coming to Guelph.
— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) January 17, 2018
For Your Viewing Pleasure
UMass (Makar) plays another weekday game against Boston College at 7pm ET on Tuesday, January 23rd. The game can be seen on ESPN3 on the ESPN ap live and on demand. Their match against Maine on Friday at 7pm ET will be available on Eleven Sports (check your dish).
Notre Dame (Morrison) travels to Minnesota for a Friday, January 26th match at 7pm ET on ESPN2.
Penn State (Smirnov) is at Wisconsin on Friday as well at 9pm ET on The Big 10 Network.