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Avalanche Farm Report: April 13

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Paul Carey

Avalanche prospect Paul Carey now proudly cares the label of national champion.

After winning the Northeast Regional, Carey and the Boston Eagles topped Miami (Ohio) University (7-1 on Thursday) and the University of Wisconsin (5-0 on Saturday) at the Frozen Four to take home the 2010 NCAA title.

Carey, a sophomore forward who grew up in Boston, scored a goal in his team’s semifinal win over Miami and finished the campaign with 21 points (9g/12a) in 41 contests.

The 6-foot, 175-pound winger now owns 30 points (14g/16a) in 65 career collegiate games.

For Boston College, it was the school’s second championship in three years. The Eagles also won the title in 2008, the year before Carey arrived on campus.
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters ended their season with a trio of games last week.

Lake Erie first earned a 5-4 shootout win over Abbotsford last Wednesday, with Brian Fahey, Darren Haydar, Mike Carman and Tom Preissing each scoring a goal. Goaltender John Grahame turned aside 16 shots to earn his fourth victory in a Monsters uniform.

The Monsters then wrapped up their season with a pair of losses, dropping a 6-1 decision Friday at Grand Rapids and falling in a shootout to Abbotsford on Saturday, 4-3.

Lake Erie finished sixth in the North Division with a 34-37-1-8 record (77 points) and missed out on the postseason, but improved upon their 2008-09 point total (74) by three points.

Charlotte Checkers
After dropping the opener of their best-of-five first-round series with Toledo, the Checkers stormed back with three consecutive victories to win the series and advance to the American Conference Semifinals. There, they will take on Cincinnati in a best-of-seven series that opens Friday.

After winning Game 1 of their best-of-five series against Stockton, Billy Sauer and the Alaska Aces dropped the next three contests and were eliminated from the postseason. Sauer saw action in two games, posting a 1-1 record.

-The American Hockey Coaches Association released their All American list on Friday, and two Avalanche prospects were included.

Former Boston University defenseman Colby Cohen was named to the AHCA All-American East First Team, while former Northern Michigan University forward Mark Olver earned AHCA All-American West First Team honors. The pair both recently completed their junior seasons before signing with the Avalanche and reporting to the Lake Erie Monsters.

-It took five games for Kelsey Tessier and the Moncton Wildcats to advance past the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in their QMJHL Quarterfinal matchup. Tessier tied for the team lead by notching seven points (4g/3a) in the series. No. 5 Moncton will now take on No. 2 Drummondville in the semifinal round, which is slated to open Friday.

-On the other side of the bracket, Joel Chouinard and the Victoriaville Tigres made short work of the Quebec Remparts, sweeping the team out of the postseason. Chouinard led all Victoriaville defenseman with three points (1g/2a) over the four games. The Tigres will face Saint John in the other QMJHL Semifinal, which will also begin Friday.

-Tyson Barrie and the Kelowna Rockets were knocked out of the WHL Playoffs, dropping their series against Tri-City, 4-1. Barrie totaled 11 points (3g/8a) in 12 playoff games for Kelowna.

-Stefan Elliott and the Saskatoon Blades also saw their season come to an end, losing in six games to the Brandon Wheat Kings. Elliott finished the postseason with eight points (3g/5a) in 10 contests.

-Cameron Gaunce and Mississauga battled back from a 3-2 deficit in their second-round OHL Playoff series against Ottawa, winning Game 6 by a 3-1 count and Game 7 by a 5-3 score to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Gaunce, Mississauga’s captain, played a big role in the comeback, totaling three assists in the final two games. The Majors will face the Barrie Colts in a best-of-seven series that opens Wednesday.

-Brandon Maxwell and the Kitchener Rangers moved on to the Western Conference Finals after topping the London Knights in seven games. Maxwell was in goal for each contest and stopped 20-of-23 shots in Game 7, an 8-3 Kitchener victory. The Rangers will take on the Windsor Spitfires beginning Thursday, with a berth in the OHL Finals on the line.

Nathan Condon and the Fargo Force have advanced to the second round of the Clark Cup Playoffs. Condon totaled two points (1g/1a) in three games as Fargo swept Sioux Falls in their best-of-five first-round series. Fargo will face top-seeded Omaha in the West Division Finals beginning Friday, with a berth in the Clark Cup Finals on the line.
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