The Cutthroats have made it to the Central Hockey League's championship series for the first time in franchise history after they defeated Arizona in five games. Denver was able to take a close 5-4 overtime win in Game 3 this past Tuesday in Arizona with Kent Patterson stopping 39 of 43 shots in the contest.
On Wednesday, Patterson was very active in net as he stopped 54 of 55 shots in the Cutthroats' 4-1 win. In Game 5, the Fish were able to close the series on a strong note with a 7-0 shutout.
Denver will play the winner of the Allen-Quad City series for the CHL title.
Cody Corbett - Edmonton Oil Kings
Corbett and the Oil Kings have advanced to their second consecutive WHL Final after defeating Medicine Hat in five games. They were upended 2-1 in Game 3 this past Tuesday in Medicine Hat. The Oil Kings bounced back to take a 4-1 win in Game 4 on Wednesday before heading home to close out the series on Saturday with a 4-3 victory in Game 5.
Corbett appeared in 65 regular-season games for the Oil Kings this season, totaling 61 points (17 goals and 44 assists).
Kieran Millan (Wheeling Nailers): The Nailers swept South Carolina in the first round of the ECHL playoffs after winning 1-0 in Game 3 on Wednesday and 4-2 in Game 4 on Friday. Millan has not yet made an appearance in the postseason. He appeared in five games during the regular season for Wheeling and was 2-2-0 with one shutout and a 1.75 goals-against average.
Lake Erie Monsters Season Recap
The Lake Erie Monsters finished their season with a 33-35-11 record and 75 points, which placed them fourth in the North Division of the Western Conference.
Mark Olver and Andrew Agozzino led Lake Erie's offense during the season as they both tallied 49 points in the 2013-14 campaign. Agozzino scored a team-high 17 goals while Olver had a team-high 34 assists.
Goaltenders Sami Aittokallio and Calvin Pickard were in net for all but two starts for the Monsters this season. Aittokallio appeared in 36 games and picked up 15 wins. His 2.65 goals-against average was a team best. Pickard appeared in net for a team-high 43 games and posted a solid 2.85 goals-against average with 16 wins.
Aittokallio dressed for two games with the Avalanche this season. His lone start in net came in a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Jan. 25. He also backed up Semyon Varlamov on Jan. 14 in Chicago while Jean-Sebastien Giguere was out with an injury.
During the season, several other Monsters were called upon to help the Avalanche persevere through stretches of injuries. Brad Malone was depended upon for two separate stretches during the season. He was in Denver from Nov. 19 to Jan. 21, pitching in two assists while skating with the fourth line. He returned to the Avalanche on March 12, netting a goal in his first game back against Chicago and has remained with the club into the postseason.
Paul Carey tagged along for Malone’s second trip to Denver and made his NHL debut against Chicago. He finished the season dressing in eight straight games for the Avalanche. While with Lake Erie, Carey appeared in 54 games and contributed 21 points (eight goals and 13 assists).
Matt Hunwick made one appearance for the Avalanche this season, playing over 17 minutes against Florida on Nov. 16.
Karl Stollery and David Van Der Gulik both made two appearances with the Avalanche on the season. Stollery’s NHL debut was in Minnesota on Jan. 11, and he later played against New Jersey on Jan. 16. Van Der Gulik logged ice time against the Senators on Jan. 8 and against the Islanders on Jan. 10.
Stefan Elliott was called up by the Avalanche for the season finale in Anaheim and picked up an assist. With 28 points (14 goals and 14 assists) in 61 appearances for the Monsters this season, the defenseman set a new career high in points, goals and assists.
The latest Monster to make his NHL debut was 2010 first-round pick Joey Hishon. The playmaking center filled in for injured Tyson Barrie in Game 4 of the Colorado’s first-round matchup with Minnesota. He was able to log a few minutes on the Avalanche power-play unit where his playmaking skills fit in nicely.
SYSTEM SEASON RECAP
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): Bigras appeared in 55 games for the Attack and had 26 points (four goals and 22 assists) during the regular season. He contributed three points (one goal and two assists) in five playoff games. Bigras was voted by OHL coaches the best defensive defenseman in the Western Conference.
Joseph Blandisi (Barrie Colts): Blandisi appeared in 47 games this season with Ottawa and Barrie. He had 50 points on 24 goals and 26 assists. The Colts were eliminated by North Bay in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): Clarke appeared in 65 regular-season games for the Petes this season, tallying 48 points on 21 goals and 27 assists.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin was in net for 64 games for Mississauga during the regular season and had a 3.54 goals-against average. Martin was honored by OHL coaches as the best puck-handling and second-best shootout goalie in the Eastern Conference.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): Bourke closed his junior career after appearing in 69 games for the Cougars this season. He finished with 85 points on 29 goals and 56 assists.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Geertsen appeared in 66 regular-season games for the Giants and had 23 points (four goals, 19 assists) and 126 penalty minutes.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Butcher appeared in 37 games in his freshman season for the University of Denver and contributed 16 points (eight goals and eight assists).
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): Condon played in 41 games and had 25 points (nine goals and 16 assists) for the Gophers. Minnesota finished its season as runners-up in the NCAA Frozen Four, losing in the title game to Union.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Moffatt appeared in 34 games for Michigan, tallying 25 points (13 goals and 12 assists).
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): Storm appeared in 30 games as a freshman, picking up an assist and 14 penalty minutes this season.
Gus Young (Yale University): Young appeared in 33 games for Yale this season and had a plus-9 rating. The senior finished the regular season with 18 points, tallying seven goals and 11 assists.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Holos appeared in 52 regular-season games, scoring 14 points (six goals and eight assists). He also played in 16 playoff games and had 12 points (six goals and six assists).
Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): Parshin had 33 points (15 goals and 18 assists) in 46 regular-season games for Torpedo. He tallied four points (one goal and three assists) in seven playoff games.
Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): Vincour appeared in 39 games this season for Ak Bars and had six goals and five assists. He had two assists in three playoff games.
Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): Walker played 36 games this season with Medvescak and had three points (one goal, two assists), a minus-11 rating and 20 penalty minutes.
Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Westlund had a solid season for Farjestad, appearing in 34 games with the club's J20 team and 12 games with its professional SHL club. In his J20 appearances, Westlund had 17 points (two goals and 15 assists) and added 16 penalty minutes. He also added an impressive seven points (two goals and five assists) in six playoff games at the junior level.