The big prospect news of the week is that Travis Barron and Josh Anderson have signed their Entry Level Contracts and look primed to begin their professional hockey careers with the Avalanche organization next season.
Travis Barron might get a sneak peek at that pro career early as his Ottawa 67s were eliminated from the OHL playoffs by Hamilton in game five on Friday. Barron finishes the postseason with one goal and five points in as many games in the playoffs. Barron joined San Antonio earlier this week on a try-out agreement and hopefully will get in a game before their season concludes.
Josh Anderson will have to wait for his first pro game as the Swift Current Broncos pulled out a nail biting 3-2 game seven victory over Regina to move forward to the second round. Anderson has chipped in an assist and his signature physical defensive play thus far in the playoffs. Swift Current will face Moose Jaw in a clash of the two best regular season teams after Moose Jaw narrowly escaped their own upset in a game seven win. This divisional rivalry was split 4-4 in the regular season as the series should go down to the wire as well. Series begins on Friday, April 6th.
Nick Henry has rediscovered some of his goal scoring touch as he potted four points and three goals including one in game five as seen below. With that game seven loss to Swift Current, now Regina heads to the waiting room as they have a 45 day layoff until the Memorial Cup begins. Their players are not permitted to join other teams in the interim so there will be a lot of practice days on the horizon for Henry and the Pats. A long layoff didn’t hurt Windsor when they went on to win the Memorial Cup as hosts last year so Regina will hope to follow in their footsteps.
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Adam Werner‘s season with Bjorkloven in the Allsvenskan completed as he was the starting netminder all year and finished with 26 wins, a .914 save percentage and 2.34 goals against average. Werner recently signed an try-out agreement with the San Antonio Rampage to finish out his season. Rumors are swirling that the Avalanche might offer to sign him to an ELC but also loan him to Farjestads in the SHL for the upcoming season. Stay tuned to see if he gets in his first North American game for San Antonio, which could possibly come during their three in three the last weekend of the season April 12-14.
Mason Geertsen was named the San Antonio Rampage finalist for Man of the Year. He’s now entered to win the AHL Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, which AJ Greer won last year. For his part Geertsen has enjoyed a strong season in which he’s been a mainstay in the lineup, has rounded out his defensive game and has chipped in seven points including three goals to go along with 104 penalty minutes. His leadership on and off the ice should earn him another year and contract in the Avalanche system.
Nicky Leivermann had an unfortunate end to his season when he was stretchered off the ice from a head first hit into the boards in Penticton’s opening playoff series. Word is he avoided the worst and will recover but was not in time to rejoin Penticton before they were eliminated from the playoffs in the second round. Leivermann finishes with 37 points including ten goals in 43 games plus four points in three playoff games. He appears still on track to move on to Notre Dame in the fall.
Ty Lewis had a big game in which he scored four points including a goal in a come from behind 5-2 victory against Medicine Hat in game five. Below is his shift by shift compilation of that game thanks to Rudo3. The Wheat Kings turned around a 2-0 series deficit in order to win their first round series in six games. Lewis scored eight points including four goals in the series, tied for tops on the team. Brandon moves on to play Lethbridge, who will have the home advantage despite finishing 13 points lower than Brandon in the regular season thanks to the stupid divisional playoff set-up. Brandon enjoyed a 3-1 record against them in the regular season with a couple of shutouts at home but Lethbridge has a good stable of young offensive talent and should be a fun series. The second round begins on Friday, April 6th.
Sault Ste. Marie and Conor Timmins were idle over the weekend as they waited for their second round opponent to be known. They’ll draw Owen Sound who also swept their own opening round playoff series. This one will be a tougher test for the Greyhounds with Owen Sound’s high powered offense. The two met just twice in the regular season with a series split but Owen Sound gave the Greyhounds a rare defeat in a shootout less than a month ago. The Greyhounds will need to finally take their game off autopilot to advance from here. Series kicks off on Thursday, April 5th.
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The NCAA gets on with the Frozen Four after a week’s hiatus as Notre Dame (Morrison) will take on Michigan in the first round of the Frozen Four on Thursday, April 5th at 9:30pm ET on ESPN2. Winner plays for the national championship on Saturday, April 7th at 7:30pm ET on ESPN.