By Michael Spencer


DENVER (CBS4) – Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar scored in his NHL debut on Monday night. Makar scored the third goal of the game for the Colorado Avalanche to give them a 3-0 lead over the Calgary Flames in the 1st period.

Makar, who just finished his sophomore season at UMass, was drafted by the Avalanche with the 4th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Nathan MacKinnon scored the first two goals of the game.

Makar has had a whirlwind last few days. On Thursday Makar played at the NCAA’s Frozen Four as his UMass Minutemen defeated the Denver Pioneers 4-3 in overtime. Then on Friday Makar was awarded the Hobey Baker Award, given to the nation’s best hockey player.

Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche starts against the Calgary Flames in the first period during Game Three of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 15, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

On Saturday his Minuteman lost in the NCAA championship game to Minnesota-Duluth. Makar then signed with the Avalanche on Sunday, and joined the team for morning skate Monday at the Pepsi Center before playing in his first NHL game.

The Avalanche wound up winning 6-2 on Monday night and now lead their best-of-seven series with the Flames 2-1.

PHOTO GALLERY: Avalanche 6, Flames 2

Michael Spencer

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