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Qualifier Semifinals - Littleton vs. DU

By Scott Cattelino, 12/05/17, 2:00PM MST


Semifinal number two of the Avalanche International Qualifier pits the Littleton Hawks against the DU Jr. Pios at the Pepsi Center with a finals appearance on the line

#27 Brick Fisher buries this goal in the back of the net thanks to a beautiful pass from #10 Tommy Pendergast (top left) to put DU ahead 3-0 in the second period of their semifinal game against Littleton at the Pepsi Center.

Littleton vs. DU

#9 Keaton Helber puts DU up 1-0 in the second period with this unassisted score for the first goal of the game.

     The second semifinal of the 2017 Avalanche International Qualifier between the Littleton Hawks and the DU Junior Pioneers took place at the Pepsi Center to decide who would move on to play against Arvada in the finals.  The winner of the tournament will get the opportunity to represent the Avalanche at the Lions Cup International Tournament in Finland this spring.

     The two teams took a while to get used to the flow of the game, as the game would head into the second period a scoreless tie.  That's when DU exploded for three goals in a five minute span to take ahold of the game and give them a 3-0 advantage heading into the third period.  Keaton Helber got them started with their first goal, Ben Ramsden-Wood followed that up minutes later, and Brick Fisher added another 30 seconds after that to put DU in control.

     Littleton's Joey Wennogle got them on the board just a few minutes into the third period, but it would be all the offense the Hawks could muster up as the Jr. Pios would hold on to pull out the 3-1 win and advance to play Arvada in the Avalanche Qualifier finals.

#15 Ben Ramsden-Wood is able to sneak this goal between the post and the goalie to give DU a 2-0 lead in the second.

#27 Brick Fisher gets mobbed by his teammates after putting DU up 3-0 late in the second.

Player Spotlight:

#9 Keaton Helber - DU Jr. Pios

Keaton led DU in goals and points (5G, 1A, 6PTS) and was second in goals and tied for second in points for the entire Avalanche International Qualifier.

#13 Aiden Johnson - Littleton Hawks

Aiden led his team in points and was tied for the team lead in goals (3G, 1A, 4PTS).

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