Avalanche Farm Report: April 30
Avalanche Prospects Compete In The Conference Finals
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) and the rest of the Blazers were eliminated in the WHL Western Conference Finals after they lost 4-1 to the Portland Winterhawks in Game 5 on Friday night.
Kamloops also fell 3-0 in Game 4 on Wednesday. Smith helped the Blazers win Game 3, 5-1, last Tuesday, April 23, after contributing a goal and two assists (three points). Smith finished with 14 points (2g/12a) in 12 playoff games.
Smith had an impressive regular season for Kamloops as he finished tied for fourth in the league with 106 points. He led his team in goals (41), assists (65), points and power play goals (tied-14). He also had the third longest point streak in the WHL in which he recorded 39 points (13g/26a) in 17 consecutive games (Sept. 29-Oct. 30). Kamloops ended the regular season fourth overall with a 47-20-2-3 record.
Duncan Siemens’s (Saskatoon Blades) season isn’t quite over as him and his Saskatoon Blades teammates will host and compete in the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup on May 17-26.
Siemens, the Avalanche’s 11th overall pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, tallied 32 points (3g/29a) and 109 penalty minutes in 70 regular season games this year for the Blades. He also finished second on the team with a plus-31 rating.
He had one assist and a team-leading plus-1 rating in the Blades’ four playoff games. Saskatoon was swept 4-0 in its first round playoff series with the Medicine Hat Tigers, but the Blades will still compete in the tournament that features the champions of the OHL, QMJHL and WHL because they are the host club.
Garrett Meurs’s (Plymouth Whalers) five points (2g/3a) in the series was not enough to help the Whalers beat the London Knights in the OHL Western Conference Championship series. Despite Meurs scoring a goal and having an assist, Plymouth lost 5-4 in overtime in Friday night’s game 4 contest and was eliminated from the series, 4-1.
Meurs also had a goal in Plymouth’s 6-4 loss in game 3 on Tuesday, April 23. He tallied 14 points (7g/7a) in 15 playoff games for the Whalers. Meurs ended the regular season second on the squad with 65 points (32g/33a) and led the team with 13 power play goals.
Mitchell Heard (Plymouth Whalers) returned to the lineup in Friday night’s game 5 for Plymouth after serving a one-game suspension.
Heard only collected one goal in the series but recorded 13 points (8g/5a) in 14 playoff games for the Whalers. During the regular season, he split time with Plymouth (32 games) and the Lake Erie Monsters (23 games), the Avalanche’s American Hockey League affiliate. He finished with 36 points (17g/19a) with Plymouth and four points (1g/3a) with Lake Erie.