Tigers in the pros: Few former CC players still battling for minor-league championships


With the last players with Colorado College ties out of the NHL playoffs, this is a good time to check in on how other former Tigers are doing in the AHL and ECHL postseason.

The Manitoba Moose battle the Grand Rapids Griffins in a decisive Game 5 at 5 p.m. Mountain on Monday with defenseman Peter Stoykewych having played in the previous four games (no points) and in 70 regular-season games (27 points, 18 assists) for the Winnipeg-based team and Jets affiliate.

Goalie Richard Bachman’s season came to an end on Sunday when the Toronto Marlies eliminated the Utica Comets with a 4-0 win in the decisive Game 5 of the best-of-five playoff series. Bachman appeared in 31 regular-season games, splitting time with former Boston College standout Thatcher Demko.

Forward Alex Krushelnyski’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms advanced to the second round. They start a best-of-seven series against the Charlotte Checkers on Friday. Krushelnyski split time between Lehigh (42 games, 10 points) and the ECHL’s Reading Royals (24 games, 27 points). He had one assist in four first-round AHL playoff games.

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Former CC standout Brett Sterling recorded 25 points (15 goals) during 45 regular-season games for the Chicago Wolves, which were swept in three by Rockford earlier this month. Sterling played in two of the three playoff games (no points). He announced earlier that he will retire this offseason.

sterling wolvesIn the ECHL, Hunter Fejes is having a strong season with four points (three goals) in six playoff games after the Orlando Solar Bears swept the South Carolina Stingrays and fell behind 2-0 to the Florida Everblades in their best-of-seven second round series.

He recorded 27 points (16 goals) in 32 games with the Wheeling Nailers before a midseason trade sent him to Florida, where he had 32 points (18 assists) in 35 regular-season games.  He also played four games (no points) with the AHL’s Marlies.

Defenseman Aaron Harstad recorded an assist in a 4-2 road loss in Game 2 of a second-round series versus the Colorado Eagles on Sunday night.

He recorded 13 points (11 assists) in 48-regular-season games for the Idaho Steelheads and now five points (three assists) in nine playoff games entering Wednesday’s Game 3.


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