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Avs’ Berra Suffers Bizarre Injury

Avs’ Berra Suffers Bizarre Injury

Colorado may be without backup goaltender Reto Berra for a little while, after the Swiss stopper suffered an injury during the team’s pregame warm up.

The 28-year old hurt his ankle playing soccer with team mates, and is slated to undergo an MRI scan today to assess the extent of the injury.

With Berra being knocked out of the line up so close to the opening face-off, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy had little choice but to leave #1 Semyon Varlamov in net despite the clubs five-game winning streak coming to a screeching halt as the Toronto Maple Leafs secured a 7-4 win in Denver.

Varlamov, who was one of the NHL’s Three Stars for the week ending Devember 20th, gave up six goals from 21 shots as Tyler Bozak’s hat trick led the Maple Leafs to victory.

Berra has been in great form for the Avs this season, going 5-8-0 while posting an impressive .922 save percentage and 2.41 goals-against average despite the club’s well documented defensive difficulties.

The Bulach native’s absence does potentially open the door for Calvin Pickard to be recalled from the AHL San Antonio Rampage, with the 23-year old widely considered to be NHL ready after an impressive stint with the Avalanche last season.

Should Berra be absent for a prolonged period of time, Pickard may be able to work himself in to a position where Colorado needs to make a choice on which netminders it wants to move forward with; with Varlamov signed until 2019, Berra a UFA in 2017 and Pickard set to become a restricted free agent next summer.

It seems unlikely the organisation could retain all three netminders, meaning General Manager Joe Sakic could look to move one of his three puck stoppers in order to help plug holes elsewhere in the line up.

Colorado’s next game is not until Sunday, when they host the Arizona Coyotes.

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Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).