The Colorado Eagles are fresh-off their most successful stretch of the season, having just ended a 12-game point streak that included an eight-game winning streak during that time. The eight consecutive victories were a season high for Colorado, while the 12-game point streak is the second-longest in the American Hockey League this season.
The month of December was particularly good to the Eagles, as Colorado went 7-2-2 in the final month of 2019. That record included a mark of 5-0-1 at the Budweiser Events Center. In addition, defenseman Kevin Connauton was recognized for his efforts by being named the AHL’s Player of the Week on December 23rd after posting 10 points in four games.
A high-octane offensive attack was front-and-center during the team’s point streak, with the Eagles averaging 4.2 goals per contest. It was also bolstered by Colorado’s 10-4 victory over the Manitoba Moose on December 18th, as the Eagles became the first and only team to reach-the 10-goal plateau in the AHL this season.
Rookie forward Shane Bowers has become a regular fixture on the scoresheet during the club’s recent rise. The 20-year old center is currently riding a five-game point streak (3g, 3a), having scored goals in each of his last two contests. Bowers has only been held without a point twice in the past 12 games (5g, 7a).
Forward T.J. Tynan was reassigned to the Eagles on December 9th after an extended stay with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. After collecting one assist in 14 NHL games with Colorado, Tynan picked up right where he left off with the Eagles. In his first seven games back, the 27-year old assembled a six-game point streak, notching one goal and nine assists and now leads Colorado with eight multi-point games.
In net, goaltender Adam Werner has collected victories in six of his last seven starts, sporting a record of 6-0-1 in that time. He also notched his second shutout of the season in a 30-save blanking of the Manitoba Moose on January 3rd. Fellow goaltender Hunter Miska picked up three straight wins, while suffering a shootout loss to the San Diego Gulls on December 13th in which he made 33 saves on 34 shots through 65 minutes of play.
The 21 points that the Eagles accumulated during their point streak also vaulted the team upward in the standings, as Colorado has moved firmly into third place in the Pacific division, just nine points behind second-place Stockton, with a game in-hand on the Heat. Colorado’s upcoming four-game road trip will see the Eagles with an opportunity to make up even more ground, with a pair of games against Stockton and one meeting with fourth-place Bakersfield on tap.