The Lake Erie Monsters traveled to Chicago last Tuesday and lost 7-3 to the Wolves. Forward Andrew Agozzino scored twice and Ben Street assisted on both tallies. Agozzino became Lake Erie’s all-time leader in power-play goals (19) after scoring his first goal of the night on the man advantage.
Goaltender Calvin Pickard made 24 saves in the loss.
The Monsters returned home on Thursday to host the Rochester Americans and fell by a score of 5-1. Forward Tomas Vincour scored the lone goal for Lake Erie. Defenseman Chris Bigras, playing in just his second game with the Monsters after signing an amateur tryout contract on April 6, picked up an assist on Vincour’s marker for his first professional point.
Pickard started in net again for the Monsters, and made 25 saves in the loss.
Lake Erie headed to Upstate New York on Saturday to face the Adirondack Flames in back-to-back games. The Monsters defeated the Flames 5-2, with goals from forwards Troy Bourke, Colin Smith, Kenny Ryan, Vincour and Agozzino. Ryan’s tally came while on the penalty kill, extending the Monsters league-leading shorthanded goal total to 13. Agozzino acquired another power-play tally, increasing his team record to 20 man-advantage markers.
Vincour, Smith and Agozzino each finished with a goal and an assist.
Pickard, Colorado’s second-round pick (49th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, made 47 saves in the win and also scooped up the only assist on Ryan’s second period goal.
The Monsters were able to complete the sweep of Adirondack the following day after they beat the Flames 4-1. Ryan scored for the second consecutive game, while Vincour, Bruno Gervais and Reid Petryk also tallied goals for Lake Erie. Vincour is now on a three-game goal streak.
Pickard made his 10th straight start in net, and earned first star of the game honors after making 35 saves in the victory.
Agozzino has 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) in his last 19 games, while Street has registered 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in the past 19 contests.
Lake Erie (33-28-8-4) is three points behind Toronto for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and has three games remaining. It will host Grand Rapids on Thursday night before ending the regular season with a home-and-home series against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
April 16 vs. Grand Rapids
April 17 vs. Hamilton
April 18 at Hamilton
Fort Wayne Komets
The Fort Wayne Komets hosted Cincinnati on Wednesday and defeated the Cyclones 3-2 in a shootout. Goaltender Roman Will made 29 saves in regulation and overtime before turning aside all five Cincinnati players in the shootout.
Prior to the game on Wednesday, the league announced that Will had been named to the 2014-15 ECHL All-Rookie Team. He ranks first among rookies and is tied for fifth in the league with a 2.41 goals-against average and he is also first among rookies and third in the league with his .921 save percentage.
The Komets fell 6-0 to the Kalamazoo Wings on Friday before defeating Cincinnati 3-2 in a shootout for the second time in four days. Will made 34 saves through regulation and overtime on Saturday, and also stopped three of five Cyclones players in the shootout.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Owen Sound Attack was knocked out of the playoffs on April 4 after losing its first-round series 4-1 to the Guelph Storm. Bigras finished the regular season ranked second in scoring among OHL defensemen with 71 points (20 goals, 51 assists) in 62 games. He also recorded one goal and two assists in five postseason contests. Bigras will finish the year with the Lake Erie Monsters after signing an amateur tryout contract with the team.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers were eliminated from the playoffs on April 5 after falling to the London Knights in six games in their first-round series. Magyar finished the regular season with 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in 65 contests. He registered a goal and two assists in six postseason games.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin missed the second half of the season after suffering a knee injury on Dec. 21 in a game against the Sudbury Wolves. Martin, Colorado’s third-round pick (63rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, appeared in 31 games for the Steelheads this season, finishing with a 15-13-1 record, a 2.98 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion started its second-round playoff series against Barrie on Friday and fell 3-2 to the Colts. Wood had an assist and finished with a plus-1 rating in the loss. The Battalion was able to even the series at one game apiece after coming away with a 3-2 victory of its own on Sunday. Wood tallied a goal in the win. Colorado’s third-round pick (84th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, Wood ended the regular season with 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 67 games. He has five points (one goal, four assists) in six playoff contests.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda lost its first-round playoff series against the Val-d’Or Foreurs in six games and was eliminated from postseason play on April 5. Colorado’s seventh-round pick (204th overall) in the 2014 draft, Nantel finished the regular season with 61 points (26 goals, 35 assists) in 64 games. He recorded three goals and an assist in six playoff contests.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or): Val-d’Or hosted the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Friday in Game 1 of its second-round playoff series and lost 3-2 in double overtime. Pepin registered four hits in the losing effort. The Foreurs suffered a 9-1 loss the following night to fall behind in the series 2-0. Pepin added four more hits in his team’s second consecutive loss. In eight playoff contests, Pepin has registered one goal and three assists. He ended the regular season with 27 points (18 goals, nine assists) in 47 games split between Gatineau and Val-d’Or.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels season came to an end on April 4 after they lost their first-round playoff series to the Medicine Hat Tigers in five games. Bleackley had 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) in 51 games during the regular season. The Avs' 2014 first-round selection recorded a goal in Game 4 and an assist in Game 5 of the series against Medicine Hat.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Vancouver’s season ended March 21 as the Giants fell seven points short of a WHL playoff spot. Geertsen was named the Giants' MVP after finishing the season with 38 points (13 goals, 25 assists) and a plus-3 overall rating in 69 games. On March 24, the Avalanche signed Geertsen to a three-year, entry-level contract. He is currently playing with the Lake Erie Monsters on an amateur tryout.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver lost in the NCAA East Regional Final to the Providence Friars by a score of 4-1 on March 29, ultimately ending its season. Butcher recorded a goal, an assist and four shots in two games in the national tournament. He finished the regular campaign with 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) and a plus-6 rating in 38 games.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State fell 4-1 to No. 1 seed North Dakota on March 28 in the NCAA West Regional Final, ending the season for the Huskies. Storm finished the year with five points (two goals, three assists) in 33 games with St. Cloud.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20, Ligga Jr. A): Pajpach did not appear in a game for Tappara this season after suffering an offseason injury.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea lost Game 1 of the league finals to the Vaxjo Lakers in a close 2-1 game. Lindholm finished the contest with a plus-1 rating. Colorado’s fifth-round pick (144th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Lindholm has a goal and four assists in 10 playoff games. He had seven assists and a plus-12 rating in 35 games during the regular season.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten was eliminated from the MECA Hockey Race on March 25 as the team lost Game 4 against Modo Hockey by a score of 4-1.Westlund tallied one goal in nine playoff contests. He finished the regular season with 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 40 games.
Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): The Graz 99ers ended their regular season in early March, as the team failed to make a postseason appearance. Walker finished the year ranked second on the team in scoring with 31 points (19 goals, 12 assists) in 51 games played, including five power-play goals and two game-winning goals.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv finished its regular season with a 32-19-9 record before losing its first-round playoff series 4-2 to Dynamo Msk. Holos ended the regular season with 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 60 games played, which ranked second on the team among defensemen. He recorded one assist in six playoff contests.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard fell to AK Bars four games to one last week as it was eliminated from playoff contention. Parshin had one assist in three playoff contests before suffering an injury in the first round. He led his team in scoring during the regular season with 56 points (25 goals, 31 assists) in 60 games, and finished with an impressive plus-18 rating.