Avalanche Douse Flames and Move on to Next Round

Avalanche Douse Flames and Move on to Next Round

April 20th, 2019 CALGARY — Add the Calgary Flames to shocking Stanley Cup playoff exits this season. The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Flames 5-1 on Friday to win their first-round series four games to one. The Avalanche advanced to the second rou...
Flames Trail Avalanche 3-1 in Series

Flames Trail Avalanche 3-1 in Series

April 19th, 2019 CALGARY — The saying "when eating an elephant take one bite at a time" applies to the Calgary Flames. Facing elimination in Friday's fifth game of their opening-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche, Flames head coach Bill Peters doe...

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April 14th, 2019
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The Colorado Avalanche have made a significant signing as they inked Cale Makar, their fourth-overall selection from the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. Makar just closed out his second season with UMass-Amherst in the NCAA and is set to join the Avalanche during their playoff run. https://twitter.com/Avalanche/status/1117450731059941376 Makar finished his NCAA career with 21 goals and 70 points in 75 games, including a very impressive 16 goals and 49 points in 41 games this season alone. His stellar 2018-19 season would earn him the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the most outstanding player in U.S. college hockey. Makar would dominate Hockey East and would lead the UMass Minutemen to their first No. 1 ranking in the history of the school, ultimately winning their first-ever Hockey East regular-season championship. "Cale obviously had a tremendous season, winning the Hobey Baker and getting his team to the Frozen Four," said Avalanche...
April 13th, 2019
Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche lost their first game in the playoff series against the Calgary Flames. But the loss wasn’t as tragic as the 4-0 score indicated. The Avalanche played well in some areas and with a little tweaking, could very well roar back to vie for the series win. Colorado needs to focus on three key areas to sustain their playoff dreams. Special Teams Need to Be Special The Avalanche’s special teams were NOT very special in the first game. The power play failed to score on four separate man advantage opportunities. Four. It’s the playoffs. Teams need to seize on every little mistake and capitalize on them. The Avalanche power play did neither. The Avalanche didn’t register a shot on goal until their last 10 seconds of their second power play. That’s 3:50 of power play time without notching a shot on goal. That’s special, but it’s special in a bad way. Colorado didn’t manage any sustained offensive pressure until their third power play when they...
April 13th, 2019
Avalanche Prospects

Cale Makar, the sophomore defenseman from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass), was named the recipient of the 2019 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey’s top player on Friday, April 12. He is the first player from UMass to win the award. The sophomore alternate captain has had a busy week as he helped lead UMass to its first ever Frozen Four appearance. His team beat the Denver University Pioneers in the semi-final Thursday, April 11. The Minutemen will play in their first ever national championship game Saturday, April 13 against Minnesota-Duluth. Cale Makar’s Amazing Sophomore Season Makar earned the honor with a 49-point season over 40 games. He is the top scoring college defenseman, sits third overall in points and is second in the nation with a plus/minus of plus-33. He is a complete player known for his great skating ability, his effective play in all three zones and his offensive prowess even though he’s a blueliner. Cale Makar...