The Eagles are returning home to the Budweiser Event Center tomorrow after stealing a game on the road against the Toledo Walleye last Saturday.
Once again Eagles' forward, Alex Belzile makes his mark on the scoreboard in post-season play to give Colorado the upper hand in their 4-3 victory.
Belzile's multi-point night, a goal and two assists, marks his 12th goal and his 21st point of the post season to lead the ECHL in both categories during the 2016-17 playoffs.
"We've talked about Alex while he was here during the regular season and how big of an impact he could be on the ice," Head Coach Aaron Schneekloth said. "He's picked up right where he left off with this group. He's leading this team on the ice and his qualities off the ice are just as impactful; he's a great leader on the bench, in the locker, and obviously a big piece of our success."
Minor league hockey brings an influx of movement, being called up and sent back down. Belzile was assigned to Eagles in late January and then was exchanged four more times between the ECHL and AHL until returning to the Eagles for the playoffs on April 10.
The 25-year-old has bounced around from team-to-team after leaving the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the same league that has produced NHL stars like: Mario Lemieux, Ray Bourque, Patrick Roy, and current Colorado Avalanche forward, Nathan Mackinnon.
Since 2012, the 5-foot-11, 180 pound forward has played on five ECHL teams, including the Eagles, and called up to play in 84 American Hockey League games for the Hamilton Bulldogs and most currently, the San Antonio Rampage.
Despite Belzile's movement and reassignments throughout the season, the team has remained focused.
"They're buying in and playing for one another," Schneekloth said. "It's all you can ask for this time of year. There's no selfish plays out there, guys are sacrificing, playing physical, blocking shots, all the details you need to have success."
The Eagles will look to continue their success in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Toledo Walleye at home tomorrow night, Wednesday 7:05pm MT.
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