The Lake Erie Monsters (35-29-8-4) finished the regular season with 82 points, sitting in fourth place in the Midwest Division, but ultimately fell five points short of a playoff spot.
Left Wing - COL
Goals: 30 | Assists: 34 | Pts: 64
Shots: 252 | +/-: 2
Left wing Andrew Agozzino
finished first on the team in scoring and tied for seventh in the league with 64 points (30 goals, 34 assists) in 74 games. His career-high 30 tallies ranked fourth in the AHL—with three of them coming while on the penalty kill—and helped Lake Erie finish the year with a league-leading 15 short-handed goals.
The 5-foot-10, 187-pound forward became Lake Erie’s all-time leader in goals (67), assists (98), points (165) and power-play markers (20) and set the record for most games played in a Monsters uniform (225). He also established a 12-game point streak from March 6-15, the longest scoring streak in franchise history. Agozzino tallied 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in that span, which was the second longest point streak in the AHL during the 2014-15 season.
Stefan Elliott ended the year ranked second in team scoring and first among Monsters defensemen with 40 points (19 goals, 21 assists) in 64 contests. Thirteen of his 19 goals came while on the man advantage, tying him for second in the league in power-play tallies.
Starting goaltender Calvin Pickard went 23-17-9 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage and had three shutouts during the 2014-15 campaign. He set the franchise record for netminder wins (52) after helping the team defeat the Chicago Wolves 1-0 on March 8. Pickard registered eight more victories before the end of the season, extending his total to 60 in a Monsters uniform.
On April 17, the Avalanche announced a new five-year AHL affiliation with the San Antonio Rampage, ending an eight-year relationship with Lake Erie.
“We are pleased to announce this new affiliation with San Antonio,” said Avalanche executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic. “The Rampage organization has a great reputation and we look forward to our prospects developing in such an environment.”
The Avs will begin their new affiliation the the start of the 2015-16 season. All Lake Erie players who are under contract with Colorado for next season will transfer to San Antonio to play for the Rampage.
Fort Wayne Komets
The Fort Wayne Komets took a 3-0 series lead over Kalamazoo in the ECHL North Division Semifinals on Wednesday after defeating the Wings 3-1. Forward Garrett Meurs tallied the game-winning goal, while Mitchell Heard finished the contest with a plus-1 rating and four shots on net. Goaltender Roman Will made 31 saves and earned first star of the game honors.
The Komets failed to complete the series sweep of the Wings on Friday after losing Game 4 by a score of 4-3. Heard registered a goal, an assist and six shots in the loss. Will made 36 saves.
Fort Wayne bounced back the following night and came away with a 6-4 series-clinching victory. Heard tallied a goal and an assist for the second consecutive game, while Will made 26 saves in the win. The Komets will now play in the ECHL North Division Finals and face the winner of the Toledo Walleye-Wheeling Nailers series.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): 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 also played for Lake Erie after signing an amateur tryout contract with the team. He put up four assists in seven games with the Monsters.
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 traveled to Oshawa on Friday for Game 1 of the OHL Eastern Conference Final and defeated the Generals 6-1. Wood picked up an assist and finished the game with a plus-4 rating. On Sunday, the Battalion fell 1-0 in overtime as the Generals evened the series 1-1. 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 is ranked fifth among OHL defensemen in playoff scoring with nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 11 playoff contests.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Colorado’s seventh-round pick (204th overall) in the 2014 NHL 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 Foreurs): Val-d’Or hosted the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Tuesday in the deciding Game 7 of its second-round playoff series and won 4-3 in overtime. Pepin scored the game-winning overtime tally and also registered six hits in the win. The Foreurs came back from a 3-0 series deficit to eliminate Baie-Comeau from playoff contention. They are the fifth team in QMJHL history to do so.
Val-d’Or began its QMJHL semifinal series against the Rimouski Oceanic on Friday and lost 4-3 in overtime. The Foreurs were shutout 3-0 the following night, as the Oceanic took a 2-0 series lead.
In 15 playoff contests, Pepin has registered eight points (four goals, four assists). He ended the regular season with 27 points (18 goals, nine assists) in 47 games split between the Gatineau Olympiques and Val-d’Or.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): Bleackley accrued 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) in 51 games during the regular season. The Avs' 2014 first-round selection (23rd overall) recorded a goal and an assist in five playoff contests.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): 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 finished the season with Lake Erie on an amateur tryout and played in nine games with the Monsters.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Butcher finished the regular campaign with 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) and a plus-6 rating in 38 games. He recorded a goal, an assist and four shots in two games in the NCAA national tournament.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): Storm finished the 2014-15 season 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 5 of the SHL Finals on Tuesday, falling 4-1 to the Vaxjo Lakers. Lindholm finished the contest with one shot on goal. Skelleftea faced off against the Lakers again on Thursday and lost 3-2 in double overtime, ending its season as Vaxjo claimed the SHL Championship. Colorado’s fifth-round pick (144th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, Lindholm had seven assists and a plus-12 rating in 35 contests during the regular season. He had a goal and four assists in 15 playoff games.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Westlund finished the regular season with 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 40 games. He tallied one goal in nine playoff contests with Vita Hasten. Colorado’s seventh-round pick (183rd overall) in the 2013 NHL draft, Westlund also appeared in four games with Djurgarden’s junior team in the SuperElit playoffs, registering two goals and two assists.
Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): Walker finished the 2014-15 campaign ranked second on the team in scoring with 31 points (19 goals, 12 assists) in 51 games played, which includes 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 Moscow. Holos ended the year with 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 60 games played, ranking second on the team among defensemen. He recorded one assist in six playoff contests.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Parshin led his team in scoring during the regular season with 56 points (25 goals, 31 assists) in 60 games, and finished with a plus-18 rating. He had one assist in three playoff contests before suffering an injury in the first round.