Colorado Avalanche prospect Gus Young and the Yale Bulldogs are the NCAA Division I Men Ice Hockey Champions.
Yale defeated Quinnipiac University 4-0 on Saturday night to claim its first national championship in the program’s 117-year history. Young assisted on the Bulldogs’ first score of the game with just seconds remaining in the second period.
Young, a junior, intercepted a pass and sent the puck hard towards the opposing net. Teammate Clinton Bourbonais managed to re-direct the shot through the Quinnipiac’s goaltender’s legs and inside the far post with 3.5 seconds left in the period.
The Bulldogs’ offense exploded in the final stanza as they scored three more times en route to the national title. Young was on the ice for all of Yale’s four tallies.
The road to the championship was not easy for the Bulldogs as they had to beat three No. 1 seeds – Minnesota, UMass-Lowell and Quinnipiac – and No. 2 seeded North Dakota in order to raise the trophy at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Penn., the site of this year’s NCAA Frozen Four. Yale becomes the lowest-seeded team to ever win the national championship.
Young was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team with his consistent performance in the tournament. In four tournament games, Young tallied a goal and an assist and finished with a plus-4 rating. During the regular season, the defenseman finished with nine points (2g/7a) in 37 games.
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters are on a five-game win streak – the longest of the season – after a 3-2 victory on Saturday against Hamilton in the second half of a home-and-home weekend series.
Paul Carey and Tomas Vincour each had a goal and an assist in the game. Carey has recorded seven points (4g/3a) in the last five games, and he has 39 points (18g/21a) in 70 games this season. Vincour has nine points (4g/5a) in four games for the Monsters since being acquired on April 2.
Thomas‘s two assists bring his point total to 43 (22g/21a) on the season, third most on the squad. His 22 goals and 10 power play goals lead the team.
Joey Hishon was forced out of Friday’s game after he was hit from behind and into the end boards early in the game. He was diagnosed with a head injury on Sunday. Hishon had recorded six points (1g/5a) in nine games with the Monsters this season.
On April 9, the Monsters won an overtime thriller by beating the East Division-leading Syracuse Crunch 5-4. Luke Walker netted the game-winner for the Monsters at 2:49 in the extra period. Walker has 24 points (11g/13a) in 45 games with Lake Erie this season. Vincour scored twice while Thomas and Mike Connolly also added goals.
Kent Patterson stopped 25 shots and picked up the win on Tuesday, his first victory in the AHL. Patterson has played in five games for the Monsters this season with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. He spent most of the year in the Central Hockey League with the Denver Cutthroats.
Goaltender Sami Aittokalio was called up to the Avalanche on April 9 and made his NHL debut last Thursday against Los Angeles. He left the game in the third period with dehydration after stopping 23 shots. Aittokalio was reassigned to Lake Erie late Sunday.
Two earlier, Colorado sent David van der Gulik back to Lake Erie after a seven-game NHL stint. In 60 games with the Monsters, van der Gulik has 35 points (18g/17a).
Lake Erie, who is officially out of playoff contention, has two games remaining this season, both at home. Lake Erie currently sit in 11th place in the Western Conference with a 34-30-3-7 record (78 points).
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Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers), the team’s leading regular season scorer (106 points), has sat out three-straight games for the Blazers with an injury that he suffered on April 6, the first game of the best-of-seven series against Kelowna. Kamloops swept Kelowna 4-0, winning games 3 and 4 in overtime. The Blazers will face the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Conference Finals, which begins on Friday. Smith has 11 points (1g/10a) in seven playoff games.
Mitchell Heard (Plymouth Whalers) tallied a goal and two assists in Plymouth’s 3-1 series-clinching victory on Sunday. The Whalers defeated Owen Sound 4-2 in the series and will advance to the Western Conference Championship against the London Knights. The series begins Friday. Heard collected seven points (4g/3a) in the six-game series against the Attack. In the playoffs, Heard has 12 points (7g/5a) in 10 playoff games.
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) dished out two assists in the Whalers’ 3-1 series-ending victory on Sunday. Meurs finished the six game-series with two goals and two assists (four points). In 10 playoff games, Meurs has recorded nine points (5g/4a).
Dillon Donnelly (Quebec Remparts) and the Remparts were eliminated from the QMJHL quarterfinals with a 6-1 loss on Friday. Quebec lost the series 4-2 against Rouyn-Noranda. Donnelly finished the playoffs with one assist and led the team with a plus-5 rating and 21 penalty minutes. Donnelly collected one goal and an assist in 28 regular season games for Quebec.
Prospect Spotlight On: Tomas Vincour
Acquiring Tomas Vincour looks to be paying huge dividends for the Colorado Avalanche and the Lake Erie Monsters.
Vincour has scored four goals and has dished out five assists (nine points) in the four games since joining Lake Erie. He has significantly contributed to the Monsters’ season-long five-game win streak that they are currently on.
Some of Vincour’s success with Lake Erie can be attributed to his new linemate, Paul Carey. Carey and Vincour have combined to record 15 points (seven goals and eight assists) in the last four games. Vincour is on a four-game point streak while Carey has points in the last five games.
“I guess me and Carey, we’ve found chemistry already, even in the first game,” Vincour said after Saturday night’s 3-2 victory over Hamilton. “I know where he is going to be because he knows where I am going to go and that always helps you out in games.”
A day before the NHL Trade Deadline on April 2, Vincour was traded from the Dallas Stars to the Avalanche in exchange for Cameron Gaunce. Dallas drafted Vincour in the fifth round (129th overall) of the 2009 Entry Draft…. Read More
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