by Ron Knabenbauer
DENVER--The 2017 Burgundy/White Game was a showcase of talent for the Colorado Avalanche. Both for present and future.
Many players expected to make Colorado's opening-night roster and several prospects had strong contests as Team White defeated Team Burgundy 6-2 on Sunday at the Avs' annual intrasquad scrimmage on the campus of the University of Denver.
J.T. Compher and Travis Barron each tallied twice for the White squad, which jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period at Magness Arena. Andrew Agozzino and Andrei Mironov also notched markers for Team White, while Sven Andrighetto and David Warsofsky scored for Team Burgundy.
"I liked our offensive side of it. I liked the tempo of the game," said Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar, who observed the contest from the press box. "I thought the game slowed down a little bit in the third period, but that is (after) two days of hard practice and testing, so that is to be expected. We made some breakdowns defensively, but usually those things tighten up as you kind of get your group together."
Compher recorded two tallies in the opening frame, with his first coming on a breakaway 4:23 into the contest. After Andrew Agozzino knocked the puck in from a cross-ice feed at 8:12 and Warsofsky got Burgundy on the scoreboard 2:30 later, Compher struck again with help from newcomer Nail Yakupov.
From the blue line, Yakupov sent the puck in front to Compher, who was all alone with goaltender Semyon Varlamov and fired a hard shot into the top left corner with 5:41 remaining before the intermission.
"I like playing Yak. He's a real good play with real good skill," Compher said. "You saw that with that nice backhand sauce he threw to me in the first. I thought we had some good chemistry and that was nice to see."