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Avalanche Farm Report: April 27

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche

-Already holding a 2-1 series lead in their best-of-seven QMJHL Semifinal matchup with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, Kelsey Tessier and the Moncton Wildcats closed out the series with victories in Games Four and Five.

Tessier recorded an assist in Game Four as the Wildcats shut out the Voltigeurs, 4-0, and was then held pointless in the series clincher, a 4-2 Moncton triumph. The center finished as Moncton’s second-leading scorer in the series with six points (2g/4a) in five contests.

-Joel Chouinard and the Victoriaville Tigres were knocked out of the QMJHL Playoffs on Tuesday night following a 7-1 loss to Saint John in Game Six of the league semifinals. Chouinard led all Tigres defensemen and ranked second on the team overall with four points (1g/3a) in the series. Overall, the blueliner totaled 13 points (3g/10a) in 16 postseason contests.

-The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors saw their season come to an end Wednesday with a 4-2 loss to the Barrie Colts in the Eastern Conference Finals. Mississauga captain Cameron Gaunce finished the postseason with a team-best 13 assists in 16 contests.

In other news, it was announced on Friday that Gaunce finished third in the voting for the Max Kaminsky Trophy. It marked the second consecutive year that Gaunce has been the second runner-up for the trophy, which is awarded annually to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman. Jacob Muzzin of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds took home top honors, while Barrie’s Nick Crawford placed second.

-The Kitchener Rangers and Avalanche prospect Brandon Maxwell were eliminated from the OHL Playoffs after a seven-game Western Conference Finals series with the Windsor Spitfires. Maxwell, who started all seven games for Kitchener, faced 322 shots (46 per game) and stopped 293 for a .910 save percentage.

-The Fargo Force and Nathan Condon earned their second consecutive trip to the Clark Cup Finals after winning a five-game series against the Omaha Lancers in the West Division Finals.

Condon opened the scoring in the series-clinching victory, a 5-2 Fargo triumph on Saturday. In eight playoff contests, the 19-year-old has recorded five points (3g/2a).

Game One of the best-of-five Clark Cup Finals is set for Friday

Charlotte Checkers
The Avalanche’s ECHL affiliate is trying to fight off elimination at the hands of the Cincinnati Cyclones in the American Conference Semifinals of the 2010 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

After splitting the first two games, the Cyclones took a 2-1 series lead with a 9-5 victory last Wednesday. Charlotte evened the series by gaining a 4-1 win on Friday, but Cincinnati fought back and gained a 3-2 series advantage following a 2-1 triumph on Saturday. Game Six is set for Tuesday, while a possible Game Seven is slated for Wednesday evening.
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