Prosvetov loses first, Eagles’ win streak ends


The Colorado Eagles are the hottest teams in the AHL right now, riding an eight game win streak. They had an amazing comeback win against their division rival, the Calgary Wranglers, on Friday night. The Eagles allowed four goals in the first period and then came back with five unanswered goals for the win. Injuries are piling up once more with Cal Burke missed his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury. Matthew Stienburg was also out of the lineup for a second game for an unknown reason. Nate Clurman continues to be out with an upper-body injury and has not played since February 9th. Here are the takeaways from the 3–1 loss to the Wranglers.


— The Wranglers made the game a very physical game compared to Friday. Eagles players were taking hits and stumbling off of the ice in droves. Spencer Smallman took a nasty hit early in the first and would head straight to the bench. Cedric Pare was hit late in the first, but later returned in the second to assist on Riley Tufte’s goal.

— In a game on Friday that only saw two penalties total, Colorado had six penalties alone. Discipline became an issue that players were getting caught for trips, cross-checks and fighting. Calgary was obviously getting to the Eagles, and it showed on the scoresheet with their four power play opportunities. Ivan Ivan received two holding penalties in the corner, both occurring in the first period.


— Colorado needed to simplify the game. When they were odd man rushes, the Eagles were over passing the puck. It led to the plays breaking up and the puck flying off of the stick of the shooter. The Eagles had even less high danger chances because of the over passing, but it would tire out the defense.


The Eagles have only won one game in the Scotiabank Saddledome, so Friday may have been the exception. With the loss, Coachella Valley now has a four point lead in the Pacific Division. They may gain even more ground with a game they play against the San Diego Gulls on Wednesday. Expecting Ivan Prosvetov to continue at the pace that he was (8-0-0, 1.25 GAA and .959 SV%) was unrealistic. Prosvetov had been playing very well, but the first loss had to come, eventually. Colorado will be back at it on Friday in Bakersfield for a two-game series and then home for six games.

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