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SportWatch: Avalanche Rookie Cale Makar Scores in Playoff Debut After Frozen Four at UMass

08:26  16 april  2019
08:26  16 april  2019 Source:   si.com

Loyalty pays off for Makar, UMass in reaching Frozen 4

Loyalty pays off for Makar, UMass in reaching Frozen 4 Defenseman Cale Makar's loyalty in sticking to his commitment to play at UMass has paid off with the Minutemen set to make their first Frozen Four appearance. Makar is one of three Hobey Baker award finalists, and UMass will face Denver in the semifinals on Thursday. Defending champion Minnesota Duluth faces Providence in the other semifinal.

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar watched top prospect and NCAA superstar Cale Makar lead the University of Massachusetts to the Frozen Frozen with back-to-back shutouts over Harvard and Notre Dame over the weekend and, as expected, Bednar believes the sophomore defenseman can

Colorado Avalanche sign Cale Makar . Rookie defenseman will join the team immediately for the playoffs . UMass sophomore signed to a three-year Massachusetts ’ Mitchell Chaffee (21) and Cale Makar (16) celebrate a goal against Denver during the first period in a semifinal of the Frozen Four

Watch: Avalanche Rookie Cale Makar Scores in Playoff Debut After Frozen Four at UMass© Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Avalanche rookie Cale Makar advanced Colorado's lead to 3–0 in Game 3 of its first-round matchup against the Flames on Monday. The game at the Pepsi Center in Denver also marked Markar's NHL debut.

Makar spent the 2018–19 season leading UMass to the Frozen Four championship game, which the Minutemen lost to Minnesota Duluth. He won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey's top player on April 12 after tallying 49 points in 41 games. He signed with the Avalanche on April 14.

Makar shines in NHL debut, Avs beat Flames 6-2 for 2-1 lead

Makar shines in NHL debut, Avs beat Flames 6-2 for 2-1 lead Nathan MacKinnon scored twice in the first period and set up newly signed rookie Cale Makar's first NHL goal in his debut as the Colorado Avalanche routed the Calgary Flames 6-2 to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Matt Nieto added a short-handed goal, and Mikko Rantanen and Erik Johnson also scored for the Avalanche.

Makar is eligible to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs before making his NHL regular-season debut . If UMass advances to its first Frozen Four and the Avs make the playoffs — and Makar signs immediately with Colorado The Frozen Four at Key Bank Center in Buffalo, N.Y., is April 11-13.

The Colorado Avalanche have signed defenseman Cale Makar to a 3-year deal a day after his Massachusetts squad lost in the Frozen Four championship game. Makar , who's from Calgary, could make his NHL debut Monday in Game 3 of a playoff series against the Flames.

Colorado selected Makar with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 draft. The defenseman is the fifth player since 1967 to score a postseason goal in his NHL debut, per ESPN.

Makar and the Avalanche entered Monday night tied 1–1 against Calgary. Colorado has not won a postseason series since 2010.

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Watch: Avalanche Rookie Cale Makar Scores in Playoff Debut After Frozen Four at UMass

Denver Pioneers goalie Filip Larsson on the brink of setting NCAA record at the Frozen Four.
The desire to prove people wrong can be a strong motivator, and it’s what has helped propel the University of Denver into the program's 16th Frozen Four.

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