Unbelievably hockey is still going for a handful of prospects as we officially turn the page to June and the summer months. The Memorial Cup concluded over the weekend as the Acadie-Bathurst Titan defeated the Regina Pats in the finale 3-0 to take the title back to the QMJHL for the first time since Nathan MacKinnon and the Halifax Mooseheads did in 2013 (we’ll forget it should have gone home with Rouyn-Noranda in 2016).
Nick Henry had another big night left in his bag of tricks as he completed a hat trick as seen below in Regina’s 6-5 win over Swift Current to knock them out of the tournament. Henry finished third in tournament scoring with five goals and seven points as well as tied for second in the tournament with 22 shots on goal. An impressive week like this in the bright spotlight hopefully springboards Henry to a big summer of training and camp with the Avalanche in the fall. It appears his injury and recovery are finally behind him with great things ahead.
Colorado Eagles continue their magical run to leave the ECHL on top with another championship. After returning home with a comfortable 3-2 series lead, they dropped game six to Ft. Wayne which set up the ever dramatic game seven. The Eagles couldn’t make life easy on themselves and fell into a 3-1 hole with only half a period remaining. Then the magic happened with two goals to tie the game and send it to overtime. With a trip to the conference finals on the line the Eagles would finally tip home a rebound and all their hard work paid off as they recieved the trophy for Western Conference Champions. Our own Rudo3 was there in the press box and has all the details and a firsthand account of this monumental game.
Nicolas Meloche and Julien Nantel both enjoyed a strong series against Ft. Wayne and scored three points in the series each. In game six they combined for a goal when Meloche exited the penalty box and wheeled the puck around the net and passed right to Nantel for the score as seen below.
— Colorado Eagles (@ColoradoEagles) May 23, 2018
The Eagles are currently tied in the Kelly Cup Finals series 1-1 with the Florida Everblades. Play resumes on Wednesday, May 30th in Florida for three games before returning to Colorado next Wednesday if needed. Game one was a good team effort in a 3-1 win for the Eagles but the nastiness erupted once the third goal was scored. Multiple fights broke out and cheap shots were given. Florida got the ultimate revenge in game two when they came back from a 3-2 deficit late in the third period to take the game 4-3. This will likely be a hard fought series that will go the distance between two teams who can put up offense. The key for the Eagles will be playing 5v5 as much as possible and staying away from retaliating on the cheap stuff.
JC Beaudin has been getting healthier over the last week and has resumed a lot of his responsibilities after sitting out two game and then getting eased back in two more in the Ft. Wayne series. In game two against Florida he found the scoresheet again with a critical 5v3 goal as seen below and was a main driver of the offense again in that game. Here’s hoping he has a couple more big plays left in him before the series is over.
Another powerplay goal, this time from @ColoradoEagles J.C. Beaudin, and we've officially got a tie game again!
— ECHL (@ECHL) May 28, 2018
Credit to the Colorado Eagles for the photo