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Avalanche Roll Past 87's In Stunner

By Kyle McKenna - EHL Beat Writer, 03/24/21, 10:15PM EDT


The Avalanche break headlines and shut down New Jersey in a statement win.

WEST CHESTER, PA -- The New Hampshire Avalanche stunned the 2020-21 regular- season champions, after collecting a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey 87’s on Wednesday night.

Below you'll find all of the goal recaps from the second game of the 2021 EHL Frozen Finals.

First Period

Avalanche 1 – 87s 0

Forward Ryan Malko opened the scoring at the 17:02 mark after crashing the net hard and buried a rebound.

Avalanche 2 – 87’s 0

Avalanche team captain Chris Aarons gained open ice in the high slot and the righthanded-shot beat Jon Kopack low blocker side with a wrister with just 54.1 seconds left.

Second Period

Aden Hotchkiss recorded the Avs’ third goal for the night on another rebound goal at the 18:19 mark of the period.

Avalanche 3 – 87s 1

Gabriel took an off angle shot and found the back of the net with 10:43 left.

Avalanche 3 – 87’s 2

Francis Kienzel scored in his first postseason contest on a rebound and helped the 87’s gain a momentum swing with 9:02 remaining.

Avalanche 4 – 87’s 2

The Avs responded to the 87’s surge during the middle of the period, after Artem Mateichenko redirected a shot off a key offensive-zone face-off win with 7:30 left.

Third Period

Avalanche 5 – 87’s 2

After a defensive-minded start to the third period from the Avs, Malko netted his second goal of the contest at the 15:18 mark. The Cranford, NJ native took a clapper from the high slot, which hit the post and found the back of the net.

Avalanche 5 -87’s 3

New Jersey blueliner Dylan Guitierrez provided the 87’s with life when he netted a power-play goal with 7:26 remaining in regulation. The low shot from the point beat Avs goaltender George McMichael on the low blocker side.

Avalanche 5 – 4 87’s

Dante Terramani shot the puck from an off angle and was likely hoping it would hit traffic in front of the Avalanche net – and it did. The 2020-21 MVP found the back of the net with 29.5 seconds left in regulation, but time was of the essence and the Avs held on for the win.